Bodden Town is less of a tourist destination than the busy Seven Mile Beach, which means you will find less of a crowd at most beaches. You may even be able to find a stretch of sand all your own and spend an entire relaxing day snorkeling uninterrupted.
The basic consensus about snorkeling in the Bodden Town area is that it is good if the conditions are right. The surf can be rough which may mean several days in a row when it simply isn't safe to snorkel. On days when the conditions are calm and clear, you'll encounter up to 200 species of coral, vibrant reef fish, sea turtles, sponges, and sharks every so often.
The best snorkeling on the island, however, can be found over along the stretch of Seven Mile Beach in Georgetown. Here, there are several artificial reef systems very near the shore, plus a few ship wreck sites that are within easy reach also. Most dive shops in the area also offer snorkeling excursions if you'd like someone local to show you where the best spots are. But, if you prefer to make it on your own, you can rent your gear for between $10 and $20(USD).
If you're looking forward to experiencing below the water's surface you should consider a visit to Frank Sound Beach. This site is lined with a limestone bottom that is makes a great hiding spot for small marine animals that claim little holes for their own. Snorkelers will find the bay to be a great place to spot animals such as eels, shrimp, crabs, as well as numerous tropical fish. This snorkeling site is located within taxi range East of central Bodden Town.
Water Cay is another place you might enjoy. The main attractions here are the sea stars that can be found all around this snorkeling site. Snorkelers will without doubt see their fill. Just remember that they are living creatures, and it is illegal to harvest them, or any marine animal.
The chart directly below offers more information on the 4 of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area.
|Frank Sound Beach||6.5 mi. East of Central Bodden Town|
|Water Cay||Cayman Kai, 5.6 mi. North of Central Bodden Town|
|Water Cay||Water Cay, 5.5 mi. North of Central Bodden Town|
|Old Man Bay Beach||Old Man Bay, 8.0 mi. Northeast of Central Bodden Town|
For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read our extensive Caribbean snorkeling page.
Although you do have to pay closer attention to the weather and water conditions as you consider snorkeling in Bodden Town, the underwater world is definitely worth taking a look at if you get the chance.
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