When we discovered that a baited night-dive with Caribbean Reef Sharks was on our Bahamas itinerary, we got very excited, as this would be a completely new experience for us. The plan was to dive the same site we had done in the daytime, a shipwreck lying in about 12-15m of water, and we would bait the sharks into the area. As this is the same site where shark feeding takes place, the sharks hang around this area and would not take long to grace us with their presence.
Our group of eight divers and two guides geared up as the sun went down, excitement building as Andrea gave us our briefing about the dive. Each diver had their own dive light, of course, but the boat also had lights on the line to guide us back to the boat and then a powerful light lighting up the sandy area alongside the wreck, where the bait box was situated. This helps the guides to monitor what is going on, but it also created an amazing lit arena in the darkness.
We jumped in and descended along the line to the wreck. Our first encounter was with a couple of sleepy Hawskbill Turtles looking for somewhere to bed down for the night. We got our camera settings sorted, took a couple of photos of them and then left them to snooze. It is quite a sensation to know that the water all around is filled with sharks, and yet unless you move your torch in their direction, you cannot see them! As we moved our light beams around the wreck, we would catch glimpses of sharks swimming close by. It was an amazing experience.
Then Andrea and Nacho, our guides from Stuart Cove’s brought the bait box to the side of the wreck. The sharks circled in the sand and allowed us to get in a close as we wanted to as we tried to get some shots of the experience. Several of the group watched from the wreck, whilst others got right into the action to experience it close up.
If you are visiting The Bahamas, and diving Nassau, this is a dive you do not want to miss!
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Images & text by Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown of Frogfish Photography