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Travel information about Bahamas

The Bahamas is a coral-based atoll located in the Atlantic Ocean and not in the Caribbean. The Bahamas is a Spanish word for “Shallow Water”. It is comprised of 2,000 islands and islets, small islands that were formed on coral reef and yet only 30 islands are inhabited with its total population of 391,232. The total area is 13,878 km and 28 of it is water. The massive Andros Barrier Reef is the home of scuba diving and snorkeling.

Capital city of Bahamas: Nassau

Closest neighbors to Bahamas: The Bahamas shares maritime borders with United States, Cuba, Haiti and Turks and Caicos Islands (UK).

Best times to visit Bahamas: Summer in The Bahamas is warm and rainy. Best time to go is November to mid-April for it’s a great spot for spring break.

How to get to Bahamas: There are approximately 57 airports all through The Bahamas, including three international airports and twenty-four of these airports are official ports of entry to the islands. Flight from Florida USA is inexpensive as well as other East Coast gateways. There are few airlines fly directly to the out islands but the majority of flights arrive at Nassau or Freeports where visitors will take the connecting flights to continue to the out islands.

Visa requirements for Bahamas: Visa-free for Canadian citizens and can stay there 8 months max, however a passport is required with the expiry date of not less than 3 months. No visa for US citizens although passport should be obtained and a proof of anticipated departure from The Bahamas.

Currency of Bahamas: The currency in Bahamas is Dollar

Official Language of Bahamas: English is the official language of Bahamas

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Bahamas

There is no UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bahamas and 2 on their tentative list.

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.
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