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Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas.  There are dive sites around the world where movie-makers have created underwater sets that motion picture and television crews have shot some of your favorite movies and TV shows.  You can visit everything from the “Titanic” (1997) set in Mexico to the “Pearl Harbor” (2001) plane and ship sets in Hawaii.  Through agreements with local authorities, these sets are often left behind to become artificial reefs and very popular dive sites.  One of the best and more diverse sites for Movie-Fan diving is relatively close and inexpensive for North American divers.

Stuart Cove's PADI Gold Palm Dive CenterIn an area mostly served by “Stuart Cove's Dive South Ocean” located at the Clarion Resort on Nassau's south shore, is the site of considerable principal and second-unit filming loaded with underwater natural and man-made objects.

Best known for scenes in James Bond movies such as “For Your Eyes Only” (1981) and “The World is Not Enough” (1999), Sean Connery learned to dive right here during the filming of "Dr. No" (1962).  Divers flock to the sites of decaying underwater sets from memorable and classic movies and television shows.

A couple miles east from Compass Point is a home known locally as Rock Point House (Sullivan residence) but is better known as Palmyra in “Thunderball” (1965).  The most popular sites include the Vulcan Bomber (covered in gorgonians and sponges on the remaining skeletal structure), the big underwater speargun fight shot at Lyford Cay and the scene with Bond and Domino on Love Beach near the Compass Point Hotel.  Near Rock Point House is also where Roger Moore drove the amphibious Lotus out of the water in “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), and the Tears of Allah shipwreck from “Never Say Never Again” (1983)The entire Stuart Cove's PADI Gold Palm Diver Center and dock area was transformed into a fishing village for the movie version of “Flipper” (1996).  Many of the underwater sets and the fishing village are largely still intact.

“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1954), “Sea Hunt” (1958-61), “Splash” (1984), “Cocoon” (1985), “Jaws IV: The Revenge” (1987), and many more shot footage here.  It’s not uncommon to stumble onto a second-unit filming crew or a production company shooting a few scenes or a TV commercial.

Reasonable prices, crystal clear water, pristine white sandy beaches, great restaurants, and low-tax shopping make this dive destination a vacation to seriously consider.

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Attention Movie & Television Production Companies:  Bill Jones is available as an experienced Caribbean Producer, Consultant, Writer, Production Coordinator, Site Location Scout,  Underwater Safety Officer, Underwater Producer / Director / Cinematography, Master Scuba Instructor, and Licensed Broadcast Engineer, with experience in principal and second unit production, live broadcasts, and TV commercials including permitting and location details.

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