Many of Grand Bahama's best snorkeling sites are located off shore, so hooking up with a tour guide or local boater is a must if you want to explore the underwater landscape that surrounds the island. Of course, if you're looking to save time or money, a few shore sites exist as well.
Most accommodations have their favorite tour guides readily available for you to use if you want to go snorkeling during your trip, and a good deal of cultural tours include a few hours of snorkeling as an added bonus. In fact, it is hard to avoid snorkeling when you visit Grand Bahama. But, who would want to? Surrounding the island are stunning reef systems, caverns, tunnels, and magnificent and colorful fish inhabiting it all, plus the promise of clear, calm waters, and complete quiet means that escaping into the serenity of Grand Bahama's underwater world is a treat.
If you don't plan on bringing your own snorkeling gear along, that's all right. Many hotels and resorts offer it as a perk of staying with them, and if you sign up for a tour everything you need is usually provided for you. Those going it alone, however, can rent gear from waterports shops and kiosks near many of the most popular beaches. Some restaurants along the coast even rent gear out.
If you're looking forward to experiencing what's below the surface you might want to check out. Aptly named for its abundance of angelfish, this destination focuses on a reef system that only stretches about 20 feet deep. This snorkeling site is located in the eastern part of Grand Bahama.
is another option. 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.
A third location to consider is. A favorite spot among tour groups, this shallow reef is possible with just a short swim from the shore; however, it is not for weak swimmers. If you have the skills to make it out, you'll be rewarded with views of sea turtles, rays, and other reef fish.
A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is. While snorkeling from the beach is not very good, if you are strong enough to swim out to the reef you'll be rewarded with sightings of sting rays, sea dollars, star fish, and dozens of schools of fish. The waters are only good at low tide, and still the buddy system is recommended. If you want to check it out, this site is located in the central part of Grand Bahama.
is a fifth option to consider. Diverse marine life and colorful coral heads are the major draw to this destination among snorkelers. The reef is between six and 20 feet deep, and water temperatures range from 68 to 84 degrees depending on the season. Do keep in mind that the nearby tiger shark population sometimes migrates to this area.
The table just below provides a few details regarding 8 of the best places to go snorkeling in this area.
|7.0 mi. South West of Central Fox Town|
|2.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport|
|9.8 mi. Northwest of Central Grant Town|
|Central Grand Bahama|
|5.2 mi. East of Central Freeport|
|2.6 mi. East of Central Freeport|
|5.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport|
|1.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central West End|
Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.
If you want to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to contact Reef Tours. Head off the coast of the Grand Bahama island and experience the coastal waters and the wonders of sailing. This operator will take you on a sail that best fits your wants, from the adventurous to the romantic.
Another option to consider is Exotic Adventures. They don't like to adhere to strict rules about when their trips start and finish and that they include. They'd rather work with you to create your ideal day of sailing. They're found within Freeport, Grand Bahama.
A third good option 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.
Check the following table for more information about boat operators that offer snorkeling.
|Exotic Adventures||(242) 374-2278||2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Freeport|
|Pat & Diane Tours||(888) 439-3959||2.3 mi. East of Central Freeport|
|Reef Tours||(242) 373-5880||2.1 mi. East 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|
If you're looking for a business that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Ocean Motion Watersports. Any watersport you could think to want to participate in is hosted by this company and available at prices that are competitive with other local operators. These include Kayaking, Paddle boarding, sailing, snorkeling, parasailing, wave runners, banana boats, and even a water trampoline. They are located in Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama.
Another company that offers snorkeling related services is Pat & Diane Fantasia Tours. Snorkeling trips with this operator involve sailing, snorkeling a coral reef, then spending about two hours on a remote beach. Transportation, equipment, snacks, and drinks are all included.
A third place to consider 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. They're situated in Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama.
Information with regard to 7 companies that provide services related to snorkeling are summarized in the table below.
|Lucaya Watersports Seahorse Road||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 373-6375||2.1 mi. East of Central Freeport|
|Lucaya Watersports Taino Beach Resort||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 727-0968||2.6 mi. East of Central Freeport|
|Ocean Motion Water Sports||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(242) 373-9603||2.5 mi. East of Central Freeport|
|Ocean Motion Watersports||Watersports Equipment Shop||(242) 373-9603||2.5 mi. East of Central Freeport|
|Pat & Diane Fantasia Tours||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 373-8681||2.1 mi. East of Central Freeport|
|Superior Watersports||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(242) 373-7863||2.3 mi. East of Central Freeport|
|Watersports Equipment Shop||373-7863||Port Lucaya|
To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read our extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.
Snorkeling is a top sport in the Bahamas, and with so many opportunities to get out and see local marine life when you visit Grand Bahama, you'll definitely want to plan to spend some of your vacation time donning a mask and fins.
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