Deeper reefs more suitable for diving,
20 to 60 feet deep and beyond are also in great shape and
offer vistas of large sea fans and black corals. There is
wreck diving too. The Comberbach, which lies at 100 feet,
is found off the islands north end. Long Island is
also the birthplace of Bahamian shark diving. Begun more
than 35 years ago, the shark dive remains one of the islands
most popular underwater attractions.
Fourteen miles to the northeast of Long
Island is Conception Island, an uninhabited Bahamas National
Trust site. Its beaches are a popular nesting site for turtles
and the island is a stopover for migrating seabirds. Conception
Island also has precipitous wall dives and a host of marine
life to rival anything seen in the Caribbean.
Rum Cay, about equidistant to the east,
has equally impressive underwater features, but is rarely
visited by boats departing from Long Island. About the only
option for diving this area is from a live-aboard.