Mix sun, sand and sea with world class
casinos, shopping and restaurants and the result will look
a lot like Nassau and New Providence. (Nassau is the capitol
of the Bahamas on the island of New Providence. For many,
the two names are interchangeable.) New Providence is the
most populace island in the Bahamas, home to more than half
of the countrys quarter million citizens. It is also
home to the resort area of Paradise Island, which forms
the north side of Nassaus natural harbor. Along with
Nassau, it is a popular cruise ship destination and sees
the vast majority of New Providence tourism traffic.
In the waters surrounding this bustling
vacation hot spot is the full spectrum of dive experiences.
Expansive shallow reefs are rich with Elkhorn Corals, Star
and Brain Corals and surprisingly healthy sponge formations.
Both the regular cast of reef characters, and some unexpected
star performers populate these reef communities. New Providence
is also home to wrecks, walls, sharks and occasional pelagic
visitors from the depths of the Tongue of the Ocean. Wreck
City, on the southwest corner of the island holds what is
probably the greatest concentration of diveable wrecks in
the Bahamas. Shark Arena and Shark Wall, 12 miles south
along the Tongue, is a world-famous attraction and has been
featured in numerous films, commercials and documentaries.