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Going to Bimini

Discussion in 'Bahamas' started by superstar, May 18, 2007.

  1. superstar

    superstar Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Grandville Michigan
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    I'm flying to Bimini the end of June with my 10 year old daughter. We are staying on my friends boat that is at the Big Game Fishing Club & Marina. We plan on doing some snorkeling with dolphins. We are going to visit the Bimini Biological Field Station. And with any luck, my daughter will do her jr open water dives.
    There are a few thing I would like to get more info on.
    We fly to South Bimini and somehow take a taxi/water taxi to North bimini. Is this taxi service a continuous operation, or is it like every hour on the hour?
    How much thermal protection for my daughter to wear. Diveskin, shorty, 3-2mm, or do I bring all three?
    We will have full use of the Big Game Fishing Club & Marina's resort. Is this a family resort with lots of other kids for my daughter to play with?
    How much $$$ for a burger and frys?
    Tipping for cab drivers, resort staff, etc?
    Any thing else we need to know?
    Thanks.
     
  2. OceanObsessed

    OceanObsessed Marine Scientist

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    Bimini can be like a deserted Island one weekend then packed the next. If there is a fishing tournament going on it will be much more crowded. It gets alot of weekend boaters from Florida.
    I have never been to South Bimini, North Bimini is where the action is at, so I can't answer this one for sure. Typical Bahamas SOP would be that they just use the VHF radio to call a local when you are ready or send you looking for a local down at the dock. It is very informal. You will have to go by boat from N to S Bimini.
    Shorty or 3mm full. Depending on where you are at... the Bahamas can even be a little cooler than the waters of SE Florida. We would almost always go in May (before hurricane season) on large sailboats. In May the water can still be chilly.
     
  3. tradewinddiver

    tradewinddiver Instructor Trainer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Indiana
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    The water taxi runs regually, day or night. You will need to take a taxi ride from the airport to the water taxi and usually the price will be included for both taxi rides. South Bimini has the other dive shop as well as many other attractions. The fountain of youth would be a good one to check out. A good snorkeling site would be the Bimini Road just off the north side of North Bimini. I worked on Blackbeards and was at the island every week and I never once got a burger and fry there. I did get pizza at the End of the World bar, probably not a good place for a 10 year old. A 3mm suit will be more than adiquate, the water should be prety warm. Here are the links to both dive opperations in Bimini for you to get more info.

    http://scubabimini.com/

    http://www.biminiundersea.com/
     
  4. superstar

    superstar Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Grandville Michigan
    867
    27
    28
    Is it safe to drink the water on bimini, or should I only drink bottled water?
     
  5. tradewinddiver

    tradewinddiver Instructor Trainer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Indiana
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    I have nevver had a problem with the water on Bimini. But if it makes you feel better bottled water is an option
     

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