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Bahamas in December?

Discussion in 'Bahamas' started by NigerHadiza, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. NigerHadiza

    NigerHadiza Contributor

    Hi. Well, it looks like I will finally get back into diving in December. (I have some flyer miles that need to be used!). What is the diving like in December? I will also be traveling alone since no one I know will join me. Will a live-aboard be better? What do you think?
  2. saltwater taffy

    saltwater taffy Contributor

    It can get pretty cold in December. Pack a 3mm with maybe a vest. Also a hood or beanie. Be sure to pack some warm after diving wear.
  3. Illini_Fan

    Illini_Fan Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: DFW (Highland Village)
    I was down in the Southern Islands over New Years. I dove a 5mil every dive and even used a hood on a couple of dives. Water was in the mid-70s, but up to five dives a day leaves me cold.
  4. divebunny13

    divebunny13 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Andros Island, Bahamas
    Come and see us at Small Hope Bay Lodge! We love to have single divers here. Everyone is part of the family here at SHBL and you will meet fun and interesting people.

    Water temp is in the mid-70's. I wear 6mm when it is that cold but then again, most instructors are wusses. :)
  5. Curt76

    Curt76 Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland, Indiana. 30 minutes from downtown Chicag
    I just came off the Caribbean Explorer I out of Georgetown. Went by myself and had a great time. Meet a lot of other divers with the same interests and enjoyed the diving. The diving this time of year is warm 78-82. I dove in a shorty suit. Never really got cold at all. December diving would obviously be much colder as noted in the other posts. This boat goes to Conception Island, Long Island, and San Salvador. Look on there website for newer itineraries. It is explorerventures.com. Good luck.
  6. bikefox

    bikefox Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Henderson, Colorado
    I have dove in the Bahamas twice in December. Two things to watch for. Both times I had dives canceled do to weather or not enough people for the boat. Winter brings more storms and less people to the islands, so be prepared. Otherwise the diving is great!!
  7. guinsu

    guinsu Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    I was diving in the Bahamas (Eleuthera) at the end of December last year. We only did 1 dive so I can't say how cold you'd get over multiple ones. However I was fine in a 3mm suit, no boots and no hood. I had thin gloves on. It was windy but the weather was amazing otherwise. I still miss it :(
  8. Captain Morgan

    Captain Morgan Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Virginia Beach
    I took a trip to Nassau for a couple weeks in January, the water was great!! I went on quite a few boat dives through Stuart Coves, was in shorts and scuba gear, and that's it. The water temp was in the low 80's. I mean there were a couple dives where I felt slightly chilly, was tolerable though. I normally don't get cold easy and my body is pretty acclimatized to the western states chilly weather. I would bring a 3mm wetsuit anyway. But overall, that time a year, the weather was perfect for me.
  9. osprey

    osprey Contributor

    I went on Blackbeard's last year and it was still pretty warm. I recently received a email with a fall special of $799/wk.
  10. NigerHadiza

    NigerHadiza Contributor

    Hi everyone and thanks for your comments. Everything is booked (Aqua Cat in early December and a couple of nights on Paradise Island at Comfort Suites with access to Atlantis (pretty sweet deal!).

    But now I am looking at buying a 5mm Pennicle wetsuit. I have a 3mm but am really concerned about being cold after even 3 dives, let alone 5 a day. I did my OW in Australia during their winter time and froze in a 5mm which did not fit well at all.

    I guess I'd rather let some water in to cool down instead of feeling too cold to dive? Also, I bought a hoodie and hated it. Any advice on the beanies? Love 'em or hate 'em?

    Thanks for all of your comments!

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