The Bahamas: Andros Scuba Diving
Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas and, in many ways, the most magical and mysterious. It is in the central Bahamas, 30 miles southwest of Nassau, across the deep Tongue of the Ocean abyss. One hundred miles long and 40 miles wide, with only a sparse population spread out along the Eastern Shore, Andros is one of the least explored land tracts in the Western Hemisphere.
Andros also offers one of the most diverse and least explored dive environments in The Bahamas. Of special interest to divers is the 120-mile barrier reef that parallels the eastern coast-the third longest barrier reef formation in the world. Along its outer face, the reef drops into water thousands of feet deep-the Tongue of the Ocean. Andros is also famous for its blue holes. Two distinctive features of the Andros Reef are the shallow to mid-depth coral pinnacles and the false drop-off, a midreef wall of fissures and canyons just inside the final escarpment.
The Edge of the Wall excursion is a middepth dive through the reefs and pinnacles adjacent to the final drop-off. Giant Staircase is a series of coral platforms that descend in steps toward the ultimate wall. The Gardens is a lovely shallow patch reef formation of dense coral and prolific reef and schooling fish. The Marion shipwreck is a barge, crane and tractor lying in 70 feet of water. Accidentally sunk in 1988, the main hull of the barge is gutted, allowing for diver exploration. An excellent day or night dive, it is home to schools of groupers, snappers and giant Rainbow Parrotfish.
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