Current Cut is an incredible dive. Few dive magazines or guide books have been able to do it justice, and even fewer photographers. Why? Because neither words nor pictures can  come close to accurately describing the sensation of being carried, pushed, forced, tumbled, flushed...through the narrow 'cut' that separates Current Island from the island of Eleuthera.


Fast Facts

Depth: 35-75'

Visibility: 0-60ft (depending on tide state and recent weather conditions)

Speed of drift: 0.5-12 knots (depending on state of the tide and phase of the moon)

Dive Level: Novice to Very Advanced (depending on the tide state and whether accompanied by an experienced guide)

The best time to ride the current depends on your diving preferences.  Many people are scared of diving Current Cut because the magazine articles they read describe the rollercoaster-style ride expereinced by those diving during the tide's fastest run. Whilst Current Cut does owe its reputation largely to the speed of the water flow, the Cut offers far more than a thrill ride. The marine life that can be found in the cut is incredibly diverse and colourful - from thick, ancient sponges that cover the underwater cliffs to schools of majestic eagle rays that play in the current. To fully appreciate the marine life inhabiting the cut, whilst still experiencing the push of the current, the best time to dive is at the end of the incoming tidal flow. As the tide reaches its peak, the flow slows - from a maximum of approximately 12 knots (during a proxigean spring tide) to a mere half-knot just before the tide turns (be warned, slack tide lasts for maybe 10 seconds!). The reason that incoming tide is better than outgoing is that the water tends to be (though is not always) cleaner. Excellent visibility at the Cut is 60+ feet (which is pretty good considering the speed of the flow) but is rare, average is approximately 25-30', and it can get so bad that you can only see your hand if you press it against your face. The main factors affecting visibility are wind and rain. Because the sea floor either side of the cut is shallow and covered with fine sand, strong winds stir up the bottom and cloud the water. Likewise, rain run-off clouds the water. Unfortunately, in the summer algae blooms also occur, making the water 'green'. If you are diving the cut unguided, take all these factors into consideration. If you are diving with a local shop, ask them what the conditions are likely to be before you commit.