Small Hope Bay on Andros is home to the world’s third longest barrier reef, so it’s little surprise that the Bahamas attract the big stuff. What most divers fail to realize is how much macro life abounds in the shallows. Like staring at an optical illusion, the trick to uncovering the magic is to never assume you know what lies before you. After a few days of diving reefs in the Bahamas, you’ll inevitably find your standards rising as you become spoiled by the 100-feet-or-greater visibility, sunlight-swathed reefs, schools of fish and endless color.
The Tongue of the Ocean wraps around the western side of New Providence, yielding miles of picturesque reefs and dramatic walls. From the swimming-pool-like clarity of shallows reefs to walls that plunge to depths of 6,000 feet, Stuart Cove’s offers access to the full range of the Bahamas’ diverse underwater habitat.
I am currently in Grand Cayman enjoying an underwater photography workshop with Alex Mustard at Ocean Frontier. When I first arrived on the Island, I did not know anything about photography. Reef Photo & Video load me a Sony NEXUS 5 with a Nauticam housing for my scholarship year but I did not know how to use it. I always thought underwater photography was an important tool for raising awareness and to document to a non-diver about our underwater world but I never invested time to learn how to make a nice picture.
The Our World Underwater Rolex Scholarship is not just all about diving. By travelling to unique and often remote places all around the globe, as a scholar, you may find yourself landing right in the middle of some exceptional circumstances.
I stop, nestled between two large coral heads along a sloping sand valley that drops off into the abyss. Ahead, there are three gray reef sharks cruising about and edging closer to investigate our group of alien beings. Colorful fish maneuver between enormous sponges and intricate sea whips.
110,000 miles, 100+ companies, 10 countries, 17 states: 12 months! The scholar life is one of joy, adventure, generosity, inspiration, and challenge all on a scale that grows by the hour. It's a big ocean planet and we're only just getting started. Come along with me diving the most exotic corners of the world and working with fascinating explorers!
When I received the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) Rolex Scholarship I knew only a small portion of what was in store for me. Of course I had read past scholars’ journals and scanned the Scholarship website. Yet what I didn’t know at the time was that this experience would open the doors to a whole new world - changing my life forever for the better.
Dive a wall and you’ll know anything can happen. In fact, the deeper the wall plunges, the greater the odds of swimming with the unexpected — from sharks to any number of pelagics. In the Bahamas, everything is bigger, including the drama of the drop-offs. These islands boast some of world’s sheerest walls. Some, like the ...
Thank poor captains and skilled explosive handlers for the 40 ships that litter the waters off the Bahamas’ 12 main islands. Here, divers can explore everything from freighters and steamships to airplanes, landing craft and patrol boats. Whether real or artificial, these wrecks all enjoy the amazing visibility that the Bahamas ...