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.
If you're ready to experience what's down below you should consider a visit to. 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.
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're interested, this site is located on Abaco.
is a fifth site to consider. Enormous numbers of fish make their homes in this reef, which is grown over with brain and elkhorn coral formations.
Look through the following chart to find out more about 10 of the most popular places to go snorkeling in this area.
|1.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Fiddle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|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|
|0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown||Great Abaco|
|0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Marsh Harbour||Great Abaco|
|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|
Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.
If you'd like to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to contact 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.
Take a moment to read the following table to find out more about the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.
|Dive Abaco Snorkeling||Boating and Day-Sailing Provider||(800) 247-5338||0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Marsh Harbour||Great Abaco|
If you're looking for someone offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with 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 within Hopetown, in the eastern part of Abaco.
Check this table for more information regarding a firm that offers snorkeling related services.
|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 useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling page.
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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