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.
Theis 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.
If you're looking forward to experiencing what's down below you might enjoy visiting. 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.
Some basic information concerning 3 of the most popular places to enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed here:
|0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Dunmore Town||Harbour Island|
|1.8 mi. North of Central Dunmore Town||Eleuthera|
|3.1 mi. North of Central Dunmore Town||Eleuthera|
For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced 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.
A few details with regard to the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling can be found directly below.
|Valentines||Boating and Day-Sailing Provider||(242) 333-2080||Dunmore Town, Central Harbour Island||Harbour Island|
To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.
There is a history to the underwater world that surrounds Harbour Island, making the snorkeling experience that much more important.
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