Snorkeling Around Harbour Island

A small island off the coast of Eleuthera and measuring only one and half square miles in size, Harbour Island is to this day only accessible by boat.  Unfortunately, not every boat has made the crossing successfully thanks to a ridge of very shallow coral reef.  While this is bad news for the boat's captains, it certainly makes for some of the most interesting snorkeling opportunities in the whole of the Bahamas.

The Devil's Backbone is the name of this coral ridge, and here are dozens of bits and pieces of boats and their anchors that have been laid to rest here, then found themselves grown over with coral.  Various small reef fish can be seen here in droves as well.

This isn't the only snorkeling draw around Harbour Island, however.  This little island in the vast Caribbean Sea is also known for its blue holes and caverns.  Several locals make their living offering snorkeling tours, but if you plan to go it alone, head to the east coast for all of the best sites.  Some can even be accessed after a short swim from one of the pink sand beaches.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to explore what's down below you might want to visit Man Island. This well secluded site is best known for its abundance of octopus which snorkelers have a great deal of fun interacting with. This snorkeling site is located on Eleuthera, North of Harbour Island.

The table directly below provides a few details regarding 3 of the best places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Harbour Island
Site Location Island
Dunmore Town Bay 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Dunmore Town Harbour Island
Harbour Island 1.8 mi. North of Central Dunmore Town Eleuthera
Man Island 3.1 mi. North of Central Dunmore Town Eleuthera

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're hoping to snorkel during a boat trip, you can check with Valentines. While they call themselves a dive center, in truth, they offer every watersport you can image. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, or a simple day of sailing can all be arranged and you can sometimes even do more than one a day.

You can look through the table just below for a list of the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Harbour Island
Name Type Phone Location Island
Valentines Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (242) 333-2080 Dunmore Town, Central Harbour Island Harbour Island

To learn more about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out our extensive Caribbean snorkeling page.

There is a history to the underwater world that surrounds Harbour Island, making the snorkeling experience that much more important.


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