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Posted by: carmel | August 18th, 2021

UNEXSO ANNOUNCES NEW GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TRIP TO SHARK JUNCTION

 

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas… August 16, 2021 – The Underwater Explorer’s Society (UNEXSO), Grand Bahama’s premier diving and aquatic encounter tour operator is excited to announce the commencement of its newest excursion, the Glass Bottom Boat to Shark Junction Tour. The new offering is ideal for the more adventurous and thrill-seeking traveler, yet safe enough for even the littlest traveler.

The 90-minute tour, departing from and returning to UNEXSO in Port Lucaya, begins with a standard guest check-in and boarding process onto the 56’ foot glass-bottom vessel. Upon departure, the host gives a short safety briefing, along with an entertaining educational overview, encompassing interesting facts about the resident marine life. As the glass bottom boat veers deeper into the azure blue ocean waters guests take advantage of up-close views of an array of ocean dwellers.

UNEXSO Host giving a short safety briefing, along with an entertaining educational overview, encompassing interesting facts about the resident marine life

The first stop is at a barrier reef, alive with corals and other marine life. Next is the “Fish Farm” – a popular reef with spectacular coral heads, sea fans, fish, and even sea turtles. The third and final stop is to the world-famous “Shark Junction”. This iconic diving location is frequented by dozens of Caribbean Reef Sharks – up to 8 feet long, nurse sharks, large stingrays, huge groupers, schooling jacks, and spadefish, just to name a few.

Upon arriving at the dive site, guests can watch as the sharks congregate under the glass bottom windows. Often, professional shark feeders will be on board to hand feed the sharks right before the guest’s eyes.

                 

Guests should be aware that the Glass Bottom Boat Trip to Shark Junction is a wildlife tour, and as such, there is a rare possibility that sharks may not arrive at the site due to migration and mating season at certain times of the year. In the event this happens the tour diverts to another reef site where guests will marvel at the diversity of the local marine life.

UNEXSO places a strong effort on conservation. In fact, the team has been hand-feeding sharks for over 25 years! UNEXSO’s passion for the marine environment is evidenced by the team member’s expertise in shark behavior. Not only does the team handle these gentle giants with care, but they are committed to educating each guest about the behavioral misunderstandings of these magnificent creatures.

As a pioneer in the diving world – the first to offer shark diving on Grand Bahama, and a long-standing tour operator, known for signature excursions like the Dolphin Experience, UNEXSO is also the recipient of the prestigious “Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator” award, presented by Carnival Cruise Lines – the largest provider of cruise ship guests for Freeport, averaging 15 calls a month (Pre-Covid).

The award recognizes the company that receives the highest ratings from both their passengers and onboard shore excursion staff for shore excursions conducted the previous season.  In accepting the award Linda Osborne, General Manager of UNEXSO, credited her staff for their excellent customer service and said that this is what makes each guest experience a memorable one.

Despite the many challenges that Grand Bahama Island has faced, from deadly hurricanes to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a resiliency that lives on within the people. The Glass Bottom Boat Trip to Shark Junction will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays at 2 p.m. beginning August 18th. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting www.unexso.com.

 

About Grand Bahama Island

Surrounded by shallow waters, off the coast of South Florida, is where you will find the North Star of the Bahamas and the fourth largest island, Grand Bahama. Known for its multi-destination offerings, diverse ecosystems, and aquatic excursions, the island’s reputation as a diver’s paradise has been growing ever since the earliest episodes of Sea Hunt were filmed here in the late 1950s. For your next trip to our tropical paradise, be sure to check out the many attractions and adventures that await you on Grand Bahama Island. And to make your vacation here even more fantastic, view our Travel Tips, Facts & Figures, and Entry Requirements before you travel.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

Linda Osbourne, General Manager

T: 242.373.1244

E: [email protected]

Under Water Explorers Society (UNEXSO)