Nassau is the tourism mecca of the Bahamas, and from the moment you arrive on the island there will be people there ready to guide you from attraction to attraction. While there are many distractions to keep you busy from sunrise to sundown, snorkeling is one you absolutely will not want to miss.
There are many different organizations and locals that make their living by offering guided tours of the best snorkeling spots around the island. In truth, you can rent equipment and snorkel from any of the beaches, however, they won't always offer the most prolific coral breeding grounds or enough colorful fish to keep your interest.
Most resorts and hotels on the island offer snorkeling equipment to their guests free of charge, but if you happen to be staying somewhere that does not, check out any local watersports facility and dive centers for rental opportunities. Some of the busier beaches also have snorkeling stands set up along the shore offering rentals as well.
For some people, the best snorkeling is located off shore.
If you want to snorkel during a boat trip, you should consider Sunshine Cruises. Take a gentle day cruise out into the Bahamian waters and look down through the glass flow at the fish below. This unique boat lets you see directly under the crystal clear water without keeping wet, though nothing is stopping you from jumping into the water, so you have that choice to.
Another option to consider is Party Cat Cruises. You won't find a charter service offering a more fun experience than this one. Whether you're throwing a bachelor party, hosting a wedding, or just want to get in some diving, fishing, or snorkeling, they will work with you to create the perfect day out on the boat. They're located in northeastern Nassau.
A third good option is Barefoot Sailing Cruises. Barefoot Sailing Cruises has three vessels in their fleet: Wind Dance, Riding High, and Foot Loose. The tours offered include a half day sail and snorkeling adventure, an extended half day snorkeling and beach adventure, and an all day snorkel island cruise.
Take a look at the following table for more information about day sails and boat trips that offer snorkeling opportunities.
|Barefoot Sailing Cruises||(242) 393-0820||0.8 mi. East of Downtown Nassau|
|Party Cat Cruises||(954) 727-5339||1.9 mi. East of Downtown Nassau|
|Seaworld Explorer||(242) 356-2548||Downtown Nassau|
|(800) 879-9832||Downtown Nassau|
|Sunshine Cruises||(242) 327-5122||Downtown Nassau|
If you're looking for a place offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to contact Stuart's Cove's Snorkel Bahamas. Your half day snorkeling adventure begins with hotel pick up and chick in. From there, you'll set sail on their custom built snorkeling boat, and head to location number one, which will be a local shallow reef. They are located within downtown Nassau.
A few details concerning a company that provides snorkeling related services is listed in the chart below.
|Stuart's Cove's Snorkel Bahamas||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(800) 879-9832||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read this exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
While most would recommend that you sign up for a snorkeling tour to see the best sites around Nassau, the choice is yours. Just make sure you get out there, get under water, and have fun while you're doing it.
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