Snorkeling Around Freeport

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Waters so blue that they blend in to the horizon and so calm that hardly a ripple exists to interrupt you is what you can expect when you plan a snorkeling adventure in Freeport.  

Freeport is overrun with snorkel operations offering inexpensive guided snorkeling tours of the reefs that surround the area.  They especially cater to cruise ship passengers, picking up cruisers right from the ship and delivering them back in time so they don't miss departure, however those staying on the island are welcome.  What visitors should know is that while a guide is helpful, it is not a necessity. 

You can easily bring your own equipment, or rent it from a local watersports operator and head out on your own.  Snorkeling from any shore is a possibility, allowing you to block out the hectic sounds of the world around you as you focus solely on life under the surface of the sea.  Any beach in Freeport will prove fruitful, but stopping at known snorkeling sites will offer the most intrigue.   

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to explore below the water's surface you should consider a visit to Buddha Heads. Broad coral heads that are similar in appearance to a cross-legged Buddha statue, this site is interesting indeed. Among these naturally shaped Buddhas are feathered and soft corals, sea fans, reef sharks, rays, and lots of little reef fish. This snorkeling site is located in the eastern part of Freeport.

Silver Point Reef is another place you might enjoy. Popular thanks to its stunningly clear turquoise waters, it is actually the thick and healthy coral beds that provide the most intrigue for snorkelers.

A third location to consider is Treasure Reef. The depth of the reef here ranges from five to 15 feet deep. Snorkelers will likely encounter a nice diversity of marine creatures including sergent majors, grunts, goatfish, and snapper.

The chart below lists more information on the 3 of the most popular places to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Freeport
Site Location
Buddha Heads 2.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport
Silver Point Reef 2.6 mi. East of Central Freeport
Treasure Reef 5.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you should consider Exotic Adventures. Helping to make your vacation fantasy a reality, this charter is all about creating an individual experience for each and every passenger.

Another option worth investigating is Sunn Odyssey. They offer several dives a day, beginning with a two tank dive in the morning that leaves at 8:30 a.m. every day of the week except for Sunday. They're located in William's Town, in southeastern Freeport.

Still another option is Superior Watersports Sailing. Superior Watersports offers high quality watersports and Island activities for those vacationing in the Bahamas. It is regarded as the #1 Water Sport and Island Tour Provider on Grand Bahama Island.

Some details about boat operators that provide snorkeling are displayed in the following table.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Freeport
Name Phone Location
Exotic Adventures (242) 374-2278 2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Freeport
Sunn Odyssey (242) 373-4014 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Freeport
Superior Watersports Sailing (242) 373-7863 2.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for someone offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to check with Pat & Diane Fantasia Tours. Whether or not you've been snorkeling before this tour operator is happy to take you and your family out for a leisurely sail which focuses on swimming and snorkeling. They are found within Port Lucaya, East of Freeport.

Another place that offers snorkeling related services is Superior Watersports. The Sea World Explorer Snorkel Tour takes place aboard a state-of-the-art semi-submarine, allowing those who want to to simply enjoy the sites from the vessel, while others can don their snorkel and go out to explore. The trip leaves at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

A third option is Lucaya Watersports Seahorse Road. The tour departs from the Flamingo Bay Hotel Marina daily at 10:00 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. Each trip lasts 90 minutes and includes gear, instruction, complimentary soft drinks, and transportation to the reefs of Lucaya. They're located in Port Lucaya, East of Freeport.

A few details about 3 firms that provide snorkeling related services can be seen below.

Snorkeling Services Near Freeport
Name Phone Location
Lucaya Watersports Seahorse Road (242) 373-6375 2.1 mi. East of Central Freeport
Pat & Diane Fantasia Tours (242) 373-8681 2.1 mi. East of Central Freeport
Superior Watersports (242) 373-7863 2.3 mi. East of Central Freeport

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out our detailed guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

If you're visiting Freeport as a stop on your Caribbean cruise, you may find things run more smoothly if you sign up for a snorkeling tour.  However, if you're staying for a longer period of time, feel free to take matters into your own hands and visit the sites above of your own accord.  

 

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