The Austin Smith (Wreck)

The Austin Smith, also known as the HMBS Flamingo, was originally a 90-foot Bahamian Defense Force Cutter and was decommissioned in 1995. As it was being towed to its final resting place as an artificial reef, the Austin Smith accidentally sunk en route and now rests in 60 feet of water in the Exuma Cays.

Living in and around the wreck are nurse and reef sharks, possible eagle rays, turtles, and lots of fish: snapper, angelfish, grunts, anemones, and grouper.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 22 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Artificial Reef
  • Wreck Dive

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

Smuggler’s Plane

Smuggler’s Plane wreckage consisting of the wings and 2 engine cowlings in the middle of a shallow sandy/ sea grass bottom. There are no other underwater items of interest in the area, so don’t miss the directions on how to locate the wreck once you are underwater.

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Lobster No Lobster

Lobster No Lobster is a boat accessible dive site in the northernmost islands of the Exuma Cays. As the name implies, a great site to see lobsters.

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The Washing Machine

Diving at the Washing Machine isn’t about all the marine life you’ll see there but about the ripping current that you’ll get to ride. This site sits off the Exuma Cays and is a popular stop amongst liveaboards.

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Dog Rocks Reef

A beautiful, boat accessible dive with visibility getting up to 150 feet at times! An excellent wall dive in the northernmost section of the Exumas.

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Periwinkle Reef

Periwinkle Reef is located off of the island of New Providence and maximum depth is 21-25ft/6-8m with excellent visibility most days. It is a boat accessible dive site.

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Nassau

All around the island of New Providence, where the famous city of Nassau is located, lies many different dive sites and different types of diving from blue holes and thriving reefs to shark dives and old Hollywood move wrecks.

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The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch is a spectacular reef dive, shallow enough to snorkel, that sits off the southwest coast of New Providence. Water flowing off the Great Bahama Bank twice a day, during the tidal change, over the wall and into the Tongue of the Ocean brings nutrient-rich water making this reef a haven for all

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Also known as “The Arena,“ this is the most popular site of Stuart Cove’s famous Shark Adventure. During the dive, you will kneel on the sand bottom and form a semicircle in front of the professional shark feeder who will place a bait box in the center to attract the sharks.

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Ray of Hope (Wreck)

The Ray of Hope is a 200-foot long Haitian freighter that was sunk as an artificial ree in 2003. She is fully intact, allowing divers to penetrate her interior, cabins, and gangways. Sitting in just 40-60 feet of water, this is the perfect dive for all levels of divers.

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Sand Chute

The Sand Chute is a nice, easy reef dive that is boat accessible and sits on the southwest corner of the island of New Providence. A very active reef with lots to see.

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