Cable Beach is the most popular resort area of Nassau, known for finding many ways to keep its visitors busy. One option that simply can't be missed is snorkeling. You can take your gear right to the shore and find plenty to see, but planning something a little further off shore is possible as well.
Many resorts offer up snorkeling gear and guided tours to their guests as a perk of staying with them, but you can also rent equipment from watersports shops along the coast and go it alone. Sticking close to the shore is ideal for those who are new to the sport, or who don't want to fork over the money it would cost to hire a guide or a sailor to take the out to deeper waters.
In these shallow areas, you'll encounter medium-sized fish that are so used to crowds that they have no problem interacting with tourists. In addition to these friendly fish, you'll also encounter the occasional stingray, and plenty of beautiful starfish if you look in the underwater grasses. These waters tend to be clear and calm, making it perfect for even young children to give the sport a go.
If you do decide to go on a tour, you'll have guides who know all of the best snorkeling sites and will take you to prolific off-shore reefs that can only be described as breathtaking, blue holes, swim-throughs, and even the wreckage of a steel-hulled ship called the Mahoney. These deeper waters, which have depths that range from as little as five feet to 195 feet deep (better for scuba divers), will allow you to view an even broader list of tropical marine life including amberjacks, grunts, and even nurse sharks.
If you want to explore what's down below you might enjoy. Although this reef system goes as deep as 80 feet below the surface, the upper coral formations are a great spot for snorkelers to see a healthy amount of marine life. This snorkeling site is found a short distance away North of central Cable Beach.
Love Beach is another place you might enjoy. Set in 40 acres of protected underwater reserve, this is technically a spot reserved for locals; however, respectful visitors should have no problem accessing the reef as well. The reef abounds with local sea life, including spiny sea urchins bigger than any you've every seen before, angelfish, damselfish, snapper, butterfly fish, parrotfish, and brain coral. Do be warned that lion fish also frequent this area, and should be avoided as they are venomous.
The following table lists some details concerning 3 of the most popular places to experience snorkeling in this area.
|2.8 mi. West of Central Cable Beach|
|2.9 mi. North of Central Cable Beach|
|Love Beach||5.0 mi. West of Central Cable Beach|
If you looking for a business that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with 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, easily reached by taxi East of central Cable Beach.
The chart directly below has some information about a company that provides snorkeling related services.
|Stuart's Cove's Snorkel Bahamas||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(800) 879-9832||Downtown Nassau, 4.2 mi. East of Central Cable Beach||New Providence|
To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" check out our detailed discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Start simple with beach side snorkeling in the Cable Beach area and before you've worked your way through a check list of the area's most popular snorkeling sites, you'll quickly find yourself yearning for more.
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