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Grand Bahama: Fun-filled activities for all the family

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The Bahamas is not just about shark diving! Honestly! There is plenty to explore both above and below the water. We had some time to spare whilst waiting to fly to our next destination, after our diving trips, and decided to make the most of it. The Bahamas has more palm tree-lined golden beaches than anywhere we can think of, so you could just chill out, catch some sun and enjoy a Bahama Mama cocktail, but we wanted to do a couple of water-based activities that also allowed us to explore more of this island.

The tour, with Calabash Eco Adventures, combined both snorkelling and kayaking, but the wind had picked-up a little, and so our guides chose the sites best suited to the wind direction to ensure we were safe and comfortable in the water. They picked our group up from our hotel in the morning in a minibus, towing our kayaks behind. Whilst they do provide all the equipment you might need, we threw our mask, fins, snorkels, rash vests and action cameras into our bag.

Our first stop was Paradise Cove, where we were going to snorkel, and our tour bus pulled up to reveal a nice setup, with great facilities and a place to grab lunch after our time in the water. We donned our snorkelling gear and set off down the golden sand to the Caribbean Sea. Our guide told us that there were artificial reef structures, plenty of turtles and, further out, a nice reef to explore. We were not disappointed with our first turtle appearing in just a couple of minutes. It is amazing the marine life you can see in such shallow water, without needing any scuba kit. After over an hour in the water, we were ready for a spot of lunch and so grabbed a veggie burger on the deck before jumping back in the bus to take us to our next adventure.

Our afternoon was spent kayaking amongst the island’s mangrove system. This ecosystem is hugely important for the island; the mangroves act both as a barrier to the adverse weather during hurricane season and also as a nursery for young reef fish. Kayaking is a great way to explore the mangroves, gliding quietly on the still water as our guide led us on a relaxing tour through the maze of mangrove roots. Braver souls than us tried standing up and paddling, but one wobble and they were in!

To finish off our day of non-diving in Grand Bahama, we headed to Port Lucaya Marketplace. If you want to pick up some duty-free shopping, stop for a drink and watch the world go by, or fancy eating out, then this is where most people head to. It is really vibrant and we particularly liked the Rum Runner as a place to grab a cocktail of the same name and toast what was an exceptional day out of the water.

For more information about these activities:

calabashecoadventures.com

www.bahamas.co.uk

www.portlucaya.com


Images and text by Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

www.frogfishphotography.com

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Gear Maintenance Episode 4: Backplate and Harness Sponsored by Dive Rite (Watch Video)

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Welcome to Gear Maintenance! In this episode I’m showing you how to bring an old, tattered backplate and harness back to life and giving you tips on how you can look after your scuba diving gear.

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When a scuba diver switches from a jacket BCD to a Backplate, Harness and Wing system, it can be very hard to switch back! We’ve packed this video full of hints and tips covering storage, protection, cleaning and maintenance to help you protect the investment you’ve made in your dive equipment.

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Liquid Sports announce NEW colours of Hollis F1 LT Fin now in stock

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Liquid Sports has announced that the NEW Colours of the Hollis F1 LT fin are now in stock at LS warehouse and ready to ship.

Already available in Grey, the NEW White & Yellow Hollis F1 LT fins have the following features:

• Short blade for easier finning in confined spaces
• Angled strap mounts for comfort & a better transition of power
• Spring heel straps with easy-grip heel tab
• Multiple strap mounting positions for a fine tuned fit
• Vented blade reduces stress while accelerating water over blade
• Generous foot pocket

F1 LT Yellow RRP £139.95 – Product code: 214.2207.xx 

F1 LT White RRP £139.95 – Product code: 214.2211.xx 

For more information visit the Liquid Sports website by clicking here.

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