Snorkeling Around Abaco

Stretching from Grand Abaco to Walker's Cay and measuring about 120 miles in total length, the Abaco Islands comprise many small islands, cays, islets, and other little inlets that provide prime breeding grounds for sea life, and great snorkeling experiences.

The Sea of Abaco is an important waterway that stretches 62 miles long and averages about 18 feet deep with clear, calm waters, mangroves, and reef system after coral reef system just waiting to be explored.  Add in barrier reef drop-offs and underwater caves and the possibilities are endless.

Although each snorkeling spot is different, it is common for snorkelers to spot spotted eagle rays, sting rays, nurse sharks, turtles, and more swimming about sponges and elkhorn coral among other structures.  There are also several shallow wreck sites close enough to the surface that snorkelers can take a peek. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to experience what's down below you should consider a visit to Coral Caverns. A rainbow of color will enchant you at this site. This destination is known for its incredible biodiversity which includes sea fans, sea tubes, and coral as well as angelfish, barracuda, and jacks. This snorkeling site is located on Green Turtle Cay, in the northwestern part of Abaco.

White Sound is another option. Almost the entire west side of the island is home to sandy beaches that lead to impressive snorkeling. Offshore sites include brain coral and elkhorn coral in addition to shipwrecks that are alive with parrotfish, wrasse, yellowtail snapper, and much more.

A third place to consider is Fowl Cays National Park. The resident population of friendly grouper make it so this snorkeling destination is sure to put a smile on your face.

A fourth location where you can go snorkeling is Guana Cay Beach. Known for its blossoming shallow reefs, these waters are alight with the likes of parrotfish, angelfish, and more swimming gracefully about as they feed and explore. When snorkeling here, you'll have up close access to this sight without having to travel too far from the sandy shore. If you want to experience it for yourself, you'll find this site situated on Abaco.

Hope Town Reef is a fifth option to consider. Enormous numbers of fish make their homes in this reef, which is grown over with brain and elkhorn coral formations.

Some basic details about 10 of the best locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area are listed here:

Snorkeling Sites Near Abaco
Site Location Island
Coral Caverns 1.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Fiddle Cay Green Turtle Cay
White Sound 1.7 mi. South West of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Fowl Cays National Park 6.5 mi. North of Central Marsh Harbour Fowl Cay
Guana Cay Beach 1.7 mi. Northeast of Central Spoil Bank Cay Great Abaco
Hope Town Reef 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Maxi Caves 4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown Great Abaco
Mermaid’s Reef 0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Pelican Cay 3.4 mi. South West of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Sandy Cay 4.4 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown Sandy Cay
Ocean Beach 0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you can check with Dive Abaco Snorkeling. Whether you need to rent equipment, earn PADI certification, participate in a guided dive, or get in some snorkeling, this dive center will handle all of your needs.

Review the following chart for a list of the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Abaco
Name Type Phone Location Island
Dive Abaco Snorkeling Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (800) 247-5338 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Marsh Harbour Great Abaco

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to contact Froggies Out Island Adventures. They offer two snorkeling tours. The first is a full day option which takes guests to the Sandy Cay National Park for snorkeling, then continues on to a beach bar for lunch, a visit to a local art gallery, then to Tiloo Bank for a little more snorkeling. They are located in Hopetown, in the eastern part of Abaco.

View this table to learn more regarding a firm that offers snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In Abaco
Name Type Phone Location Island
Froggies Out Island Adventures Snorkeling Tour Operator (242) 366-0431 0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay

To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read our extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

From shallow wrecks to prolific reef systems, whether you're a seasoned snorkeler of this will be your first go, the Abacos have a little something for everyone. 


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