Access to Infamous Bahamas Diving Locations
Guests at Stella Maris Resort can enjoy a seemingly endless array of Bahamas diving packages. Whether you spend your days frolicking around the enormous coral heads at Conception Island Wall or the world's deepest diving spot at Dean's Blue Hole, you are sure to swim away with everlasting memories.
Are you a daredevil who’s looking for Bahamas shark diving? Stella Maris Shark Reef is not to be missed. Or, are you looking for something a little more relaxing? Check out the numerous lee-side coral heads and reefs.
Why dive at Stella Maris? Our Bahamas beach resort offers a variety of diving experiences for every level diver. Choose from one of the following dynamic diving locations offered to vacationers at our Bahamas beach resort:
Stella Maris Shark Reef
Stella Maris Shark Reef, often copied, never matched, affords guaranteed, unfailingly dramatic viewing, photo and filming opportunities. Under the easiest and safest of conditions, suitable even for the not-so-seasoned diver, in just 30' of calm lee side water divers can witness first-hand the beauty and power of the apex predator of the Bahamian and Caribbean reef: Carcharhinus perezi. Some 1 to 2 dozen compete for prepared food in an underwater amphitheater setting. This not-to-be missed Bahamas diving experience has been presented up to 2-3 times weekly since the mid-70s with a 100% safety record, we might add! The shark diving vacations at Stella Maris are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Book yours today!
Dean's Blue Hole
Dean's Blue Hole is the world's deepest blue hole! Measuring 660' deep, it is presumably two ice ages old! With two flips of your fins you go from a gorgeous beach to the descent of a lifetime. Protected from the open Atlantic by high cliffs, the inside shallows equally delight accompanying swimmers and snorkelers. Located within a one hour's drive by road, this trip usually includes a pleasant Island Tour.
Conception Island Wall
The diving offered at Conception Island Wall is the kind of stuff legends are made of. This uninhabited Bahamas Nature Park, on land and underwater, provides pristine diving for our Bahamas beach resort vacationers! Vertical walls fringed with huge coral heads begin as shallow as 45' and step down to indefinite ink-blue depths. Visibility usually ranges from 150 to 200'. All underwater life is at its best! The close-by infamous 9-mile South Hampton Reef, sporting continuous depth changes from 10 to 100', has reportedly snagged some 150 wrecks. Looking for beach relaxation? Visit Conception Island. The island’s creeks provide shelter for various turtle species and offer a great place for bird watching. “Conception” can stand up to any Bahamas and Caribbean dive hot spot competition!
Rum Cay, named "Conception Island" by Columbus, is within close reach of our Bahamas beach resort vessels. It is known for its quaint scenery, quality diving, and for its historic wreck of the "Conqueror." And on land, there is a 'must see;' the Hartford Cave, boasting hundreds of Indian originating wall stone carvings
The "Comberbach," a 110' steel freighter, sits upright on a 100' deep coral reef/shelf with lots of coral, sponge and fish life. The wreck can be safely dived throughout! Right next to the "Comberbach" is a 40' sailing vessel, the "Sunseeker." Man-made wrecks are occasionally added to this "Ships' Graveyard", located just 1/2 mile from beautiful Cape Santa Maria Beach, on the lee side of Long Island.
A large steel freighter, its name unknown, sits at 25' on Conception Island's South Hampton Reef. Its 'flattened', but still interconnected hull presents great marine wreck photo opportunities. Residential fish life is good, and coral heads provide added background.
The "Conqueror," the first ever steam engine equipped sailing war vessel of the British Navy, hit a coral head close to Rum Cay's south shore in 1848 and without the loss of a single life sank there. A Skin-diver Magazine/Stella Maris dive team discovered it in 1969. In some 25’ of depth, one can inspect cannons, cannon balls, a huge shaft, a tiny engine, and all sorts of marine hardware, including petrified ships planking! Note: No collecting of anything here!
A large steel freighter sits in some 20' of depth immediately east of Long Island's "Guana Cay." Its hull is partially torn apart and flattened; with lots of marine hardware and its petrified freight remnants strewn throughout the area. Typically visited by road (35 minutes), it features a small 5 minute inner bay snorkel crossing that can be dived or snorkeled over. Plus, be sure to feed the tame Curly Tail Iguanas at Guana Cay's beach while enjoying your Stella Maris Bahamas dive package!