Snorkeling Around the Bimini Islands

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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. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to seeing what's below the surface you might want to check out Sapona Wreck. 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 within the southern part of the Bimini Islands.

Atlantis Road is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. 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 place to consider is Turtle Rocks. 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 place where you can go snorkeling is Picquet Rocks. 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, this site is located within the southern part of the Bimini Islands.

Paradise Point 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.

A few key details for 10 of the most popular locations to enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed here:

Snorkeling Sites Near the Bimini Islands
Site Location Island
Sapona Wreck 3.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central South Bimini
Atlantis Road 0.8 mi. North of Central North Bimini North Bimini
Turtle Rocks 3.3 mi. South West of Central South Bimini
Picquet Rocks 3.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Gun Cay
Paradise Point 0.3 mi. North of Central North Bimini North Bimini
Eagle Ray Run 2.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central South Bimini
The Strip 1.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Pigeon Cay South Bimini
Three Sisters Rocks 0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central North Bimini North Bimini
Blister Beach 1.7 mi. Northeast of Central North Bimini North Bimini
Rainbow Reef 0.7 mi. South of Central South Bimini South Bimini

For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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