The northern islands of the Bahamas are great for shark diving, but believe it or not, you will need a heavy wetsuit, at least 6mm because the water is actually very cold.
Just as you want to dive close to sharks, you’ll also want to choose the right wetsuit, at least 5mm or 6mm for the occasion. You’ll want to choose your location and dress properly; sharks insist upon it. A little known fact is that sharks are quite discriminating when it comes to dressing properly for dinner.
Sharks are now protected within the waters of this island nation, so close encounters are guaranteed. If you go shark diving in the waters of the northern Bahamas, a close encounter of the shark kind is guaranteed. Caribbean reef sharks can grow to a substantial size. Contrary to popular belief, even though they are called Caribbean reef sharks, these northern Bahamas are not in the Caribbean, nor is the water even tropical. There are reefs, however. The water is cooled by the Gulf Stream, and can be downright chilly.
So you’ll need a thick-gauge wetsuit, as mentioned earlier. Just in case you are misguidedly thinking shorty wetsuit, or even less, forget it now. Not only will you have to dress for the cooler water, but you’ll need some protection as well. The sharks in this part of the world like to come up close and personal so you’ll need something substantial between your skin if there is a chance collision with a passing shark. You’ll be glad for the neoprene if there is a chance collision between you and the shark’s teeth, as well.