Home to one of the most mysterious snorkeling sites in the Caribbean because it is thought to provide proof of the lost city of Atlantis, the Bimini Islands are without a doubt one of the most pure snorkeling destinations in the Bahamas.
Interesting sites abound throughout the islands and are possible at varying degrees of skill, so everyone is welcome – and encouraged – to give snorkeling a go.
Snorkeling is possible from many beaches of the Biminis, whether they are public or privately held by a hotel. This is thanks to shallow reefs and clear, calm waters as the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf Stream which is alight with colorful reef fish and interestingly shaped corals.
Typically, the shore begins to slop gradually, and in the Florida Straits especially there are drop-offs to consider as well as caverns to explore. If you're willing to go a little further away from the shore, there are several shallow and deep water shipwrecks in the area that are perfect both for divers and snorkelers.
The underwater offerings include not only oddly shaped, but healthy and strong coral filled with so many different varieties of sea creatures that it is hard to keep up. What really stands out here, however, is the fact that near Orange Cay, spotted dolphins often make an appearance and are friendly enough to swim with the snorkelers exploring their home and play zones.
If you're ready to see what's below the surface you might enjoy. A half-submerged wreck site, the destination is teeming with schools of reef fish, nurse sharks, turtles, and more. The waters only go about 12 feet deep, so snorkelers will have access to a lot of beautiful underwater sites. This snorkeling site is located in the southern part of the Bimini Islands.
is another option. Without a doubt, this is one of the most intriguing snorkeling sites to exist in the Caribbean. It is a network of stones shaped like rectangles that run in parallel rows so perfectly placed that is it often believed to be proof of the lost city of Atlantis. The fact that it is located in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle adds an element of mystery to the site as well.
A third site to consider is. A clustering of three rock formations make up this site which is the habitat for a diverse collection of marine life. Snorkelers can explore the sites at a very shallow depth, however the whole area goes as deep as 35 feet. These rocks are home to southern stingrays, turtles, glassy sweepers, grunts, star coral, spotter eagle rays, and even nurse sharks.
A fourth location where you can go snorkeling is. Home not only to a nice diversity of tropical fish and turtles, this reef may well be so popular because of the reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, and even the occasional hammerhead shark. If you want to experience it for yourself, you'll find this site located in the southern part of the Bimini Islands.
is a fifth location to consider. Although the marine life here is abundant, this site is popular because of the unique rock formations that jut out from below the surface, giving snorkelers something new and interesting to observe.
Check out this table for summary info concerning 10 of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|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|
|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|
For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this detailed Caribbean snorkeling page.
The more you spend time snorkeling in the Biminis, the more time you'll want to spend. From the calm waters to the crystalline conditions, this is a destination where snorkeling is a must.
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