There is just something about snorkeling in the Bahamas that immediately puts you at ease. All the noises of the day come to a halt; the calming blue waters filter all that you see, promoting a feeling of peace and serenity; and there is a seemingly whole new world of sea life to explore.
No matter your age or level of swimming skills, there is a snorkeling site geared directly to you in this chain of islands that stretches through both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and without a doubt you should make sure your vacation plans include some time spent snorkeling.
Most islands in the Bahamas offer organized snorkeling tours for those who prefer to stay a bit closer to the surface that those who yearn to go deeper and scuba dive. For many of the most unique sites, you'll have to take a boat out to the protective reefs where you'll encounter vivid local marine life; however, snorkeling right offshore is possible in many cases as well.
Because of the large amount of space this island chain covers, you'll want to be sure to look into the exact location you're visiting to learn more about the conditions that exist there. For example, in the Abacos you'll rarely experience a reef system that is deeper than 40 feet, while Harbour Island's primary attractions are shipwrecks.
If you're looking for some great snorkeling, check out New Providence's New Providence Island has so many great dive sites that you may not be able to see them all in one trip. Snorkelers can find plenty of dive operators in Nassau. Most accommodations on the island have gear available and can arrange for snorkeling cruises to take you further out into the ocean..
Eleuthera has some great secluded beaches where travelers can snorkel offshore in maximum privacy. Another unique feature of Eleuthera is the . This fast moving gully can carry you on a flowing underwater current for 10 minutes. The waters around Eleuthera also hold various shipwreck sites and a submerged locomotive, which was being transported by a barge that sank in 1865.
Cruise ship passengers headed towards the Bahamas can't wait to get off the ship and head to the nearest beach to get in some snorkeling. There are numerous tour operators in Grand Bahama that specialize in snorkeling tours specifically for cruisers that typically hit up such sites as Paradise Cove and Dolphin Cove which is a unique site that allows you to snorkel and interact with dolphins. If you're staying on the island for an extended period of time, you may be more interested in the more secluded Peterson Cay.
If you'd like to experience what's down below you might want to visit. Considered to be one of the deepest blue holes in the world, this wonder was created when an ancient cave system collapsed into the ocean. Today, it ranges from five to 500 feet deep, making it fun for both snorkelers and divers to experience along with the protective reef near the mouth of the small bay that it lies within. This snorkeling site is situated in the Bahamas.
Atlantis Lagoons is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. The lagoons at this popular resort are the man-made site with purposely sunken artifacts and colorful fish brought in to create a snorkeling opportunity for guests. It is ideal for those new to the sport as well as young children, but in truth there is not much for an experienced snorkeler to see.
A third location to consider is. Aptly named for its abundance of angelfish, this destination focuses on a reef system that only stretches about 20 feet deep.
A fourth place to go snorkeling is Walker's Cay National Park. Ranging from five to 40 feet deep, this site is named for the barracuda which can be seen in overwhelming numbers here. Of course, there is more to the sire than barracudas, and angelfish, grouper, and jacks can be see darting about the sea tubes, sea fans, and hard corals. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site situated in northwestern the Bahamas.
is a fifth option to consider. 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.
The table just below summarizes some key facts regarding 69 of the best places to go snorkeling in this area.
|2.9 mi. West of Central Clarence Town||Long Island|
|Atlantis Lagoons||0.5 mi. North of Central Potters Cay||New Providence|
|7.0 mi. South West of Central Fox Town||Grand Bahama Island|
|Walker's Cay National Park||0.0 mi. South West of Central Walkers Cay|
|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|
|0.7 mi. West of Central Grand Cay||Grand Cay|
|Sandy Cay||4.4 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown||Sandy Cay|
|Walker's Cay National Park||0.0 mi. South West of Central Walkers Cay|
|14.8 mi. North-Northwest of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|9.5 mi. Northwest of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|Goat Cay Beach||1.8 mi. North of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|Love Hill Beach||2.3 mi. Northwest of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|3.6 mi. Northwest of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|11.2 mi. Northwest of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|3.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central South Bimini|
|0.8 mi. North of Central North Bimini||North Bimini|
|3.3 mi. South West of Central South Bimini|
|3.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Gun Cay|
|0.3 mi. North of Central North Bimini||North Bimini|
|2.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central South Bimini|
|1.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Pigeon Cay||South Bimini|
|Gaulding Cay Beach||1.8 mi. West of Central Clifton Bay|
|Rose Island West End Beach||6.7 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau|
|Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park||Central the Bahamas||Shroud Cay|
|6.9 mi. Northwest of Central Nassau||New Providence|
|Love Beach||0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Gambier||New Providence|
|Lyford Cay Beach||3.4 mi. South West of Central Gambier||New Providence|
|Flipper Beach||1.1 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay||New Providence|
|Ship's Channel Cay||Central the Bahamas||Ship Channel Cay|
|Walker's Cay National Park||0.0 mi. South West of Central Walkers Cay||Walkers Cay|
|8.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|2.2 mi. North of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|6.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central North Cat Cay|
|6.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Gun Cay|
|1.1 mi. South West of Central South Bimini||South Bimini|
|Central the Bahamas||Staniel Cay|
|3.6 mi. Northwest of Central Congo Town||Central Andros|
|0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central North Bimini||North Bimini|
|Blister Beach||1.7 mi. Northeast of Central North Bimini||North Bimini|
|0.7 mi. South of Central South Bimini||South Bimini|
|1.4 mi. Northeast of Central Spanish Wells||Eleuthera|
|Gaulding's Cay Beach||5.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Dunmore Town||Eleuthera|
|3.1 mi. North of Central Dunmore Town||Eleuthera|
|1.8 mi. North of Central Dunmore Town||Eleuthera|
|0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Dunmore Town||Harbour Island|
|Lighthouse Beach||Central the Bahamas||Eleuthera|
|0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gregory Town||Eleuthera|
|0.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Gregory Town||Eleuthera|
|0.3 mi. South West of Central James Cistern||Eleuthera|
|2.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|9.8 mi. Northwest of Central Grant Town||Grand Bahama Island|
|2.4 mi. East of Central Freetown||Grand Bahama Island|
|5.2 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|2.6 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|5.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|1.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central West End||Grand Bahama Island|
|1.7 mi. West of Central Olde Town Sandyport||New Providence|
|5.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gambier||New Providence|
|6.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau||New Providence|
|Central the Bahamas|
|Ocean Beach||0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Green Turtle Cay||Green Turtle Cay|
|Cutlass Bay Beach||Central the Bahamas||Cat Island|
Some people believe the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.
If you want to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to check with Ocean Fox. A small watersports operation that is keen on offering the most personalized service available, you'll find it easy to customize your adventure whether you're interested in a simple sailing trip, snorkeling, diving, or fishing.
Another option worth investigating is Exotic Adventures. Helping to make your vacation fantasy a reality, this charter is all about creating an individual experience for each and every passenger. They're found within Freeport, in western the Bahamas.
Still another option is Valentines. While they call themselves a dive center, in truth, they offer every watersport you can image. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, or a simple day of sailing can all be arranged and you can sometimes even do more than one a day.
Check out this table to see day sails and boat trips that offer snorkeling.
|Barefoot Sailing Cruises||(242) 393-0820||0.8 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Dive Abaco Snorkeling||(800) 247-5338||0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Marsh Harbour||Great Abaco|
|Dive Guana Snorkeling||(242) 365-5178||Central the Bahamas||Great Guana Cay|
|Exotic Adventures||(242) 374-2278||2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Flying Cloud Dinner Cruise||(242) 394-5067||1.3 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Island Time||(888) 733-3607||The Bahamas|
|Ocean Fox||--||Waterford, Central the Bahamas||Eleuthera|
|Out Island Explorers||(265) 365-5686||George Town, Central the Bahamas||Great Exuma|
|Party Cat Cruises||(954) 727-5339||1.9 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Pat & Diane Tours||(888) 439-3959||2.3 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Powerboat Adventures||--||Paradise Island||New Providence|
|Reef Tours||(242) 373-5880||Port Lucaya, Western part of the Bahamas||Grand Bahama Island|
|Sandy Toes||(242) 363-8637||8.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Nassau||Rose Island|
|Seaworld Explorer||(242) 356-2548||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|(800) 879-9832||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Sunn Odyssey||(242) 373-4014||1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Sunshine Cruises||(242) 327-5122||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Superior Watersports Sailing||(242) 373-7863||2.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Valentines||(242) 333-2080||0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Dunmore Town||Harbour Island|
If you looking for someone offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out Stuart's Cove's Snorkel Bahamas. Considered to be some of the leading experts in Nassau's coral reef systems, this favored tour company invites you to plan your next snorkeling adventure with them. They are located in downtown Nassau.
Another place worth knowing about is 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. The tour lasts from 10:00 a.m.
A third company worth contacting is Fishbone Tours. Specializing in adventures on the water, this tour operator can help you think of many ways to explore the marine world of Eleuthera; snorkeling is just one of their favorites. They're located within Savannah Sound, the Bahamas.
Information concerning 10 firms that provide snorkeling related services can be seen in the following chart.
|Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(242) 332-2146||0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Governors Harbour||Eleuthera|
|Fishbone Tours||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 332-6524||6.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central North Palmentton Point||Eleuthera|
|Froggies Out Island Adventures||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 366-0431||0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Lucaya Watersports Seahorse Road||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 373-6375||2.1 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Lucaya Watersports Taino Beach Resort||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 727-0968||2.6 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Ocean Motion Water Sports||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(242) 373-9603||2.5 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Paradise Watersports||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(242) 373-4001||5.2 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Pat & Diane Fantasia Tours||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 373-8681||Port Lucaya, Western part of the Bahamas||Grand Bahama Island|
|Stuart's Cove's Snorkel Bahamas||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(800) 879-9832||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Superior Watersports||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 373-7863||2.3 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.
Snorkeling can be an educational and cultural experience as well as a whole lot of fun. Whether you bring your own gear, rent what you need when you arrive in the islands, or are given equipment as part of a tour or hotel stay, there are so many opportunities to get out there and see what lies just below the surface of the sea that there is almost no excuse to allow yourself to miss out.
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