Snorkeling Around Paradise Island

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A visit to Paradise Island is a unique "island paradise" experience, even in the realm of the Bahamas.  The whole island is so catered to tourism that your every moment can be booked ahead of time,  whether you're hitting the water parks, sunning on the beach, or testing your luck in the casino.  It can be easy to overlook some of the best things about Paradise Island, but one activity you'll want to take special care to plan is snorkeling.

The location of Paradise Island puts it at the Tongue of the Ocean and the shallows of the Great Bahama Bank.  This makes the waters different than anywhere else around the world, and means that snorkeling will be an experience you cannot compare.  In these waters you'll experience gorgeous coral reefs overflowing with equally as gorgeous fish, blue holes, shipwrecks, caverns, caves and more.  

If you're new to snorkeling, see if you can gain access to the Atlantis Lagoons, where the waters are calm and shallow and great for even children.  Whether new or well-versed on the ins and outs of snorkeling, you can never go wrong hiring one of the local guides to show you the best sites.  And, if you have a friend planning a day of scuba diving, ask about tagging along to do some snorkeling.  Most diver operations offer this service at a minimal fee. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to see below the water's surface you should consider a visit to Atlantis Lagoons. The lagoons at this popular resort are the man-made site with purposely sunken artifacts and colorful fish brought in to create a snorkeling opportunity for guests. It is ideal for those new to the sport as well as young children, but in truth there is not much for an experienced snorkeler to see. This snorkeling site is located in the central part of Paradise Island.

Gambier Deep Reef is another option. Although this reef system goes as deep as 80 feet below the surface, the upper coral formations are a great spot for snorkelers to see a healthy amount of marine life.

A third place to consider is Fish Hotel. A reef system that goes as deep as 45 feet down, this collection of coral serves as a great home to the various fish that come and go here including grunts, snappers, goatfish, angels, and more. Lobsters can also be spotted on occasion.

The table below provides some details concerning 3 of the most popular locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Paradise Island
Site Location
Atlantis Lagoons Central Paradise Island
Fish Hotel 6.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau
Gambier Deep Reef 6.9 mi. Northwest of Central Nassau

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Flying Cloud

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you'd like to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to contact Flying Cloud. For something different, why not have dinner on board a sail boat? Or perhaps you would rather take a lunch picnic at a deserted beach?

Some information about the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling can be found in the following chart.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Paradise Island
Name Type Phone Location Island
Flying Cloud Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (242) 394-5067 1.3 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau New Providence

For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

The magic of Paradise Island extends off the coast, where there is a whole world to be seen just below the surface.  Don't allow yourself to miss out on this great adventure by forgetting to plan an afternoon spent snorkeling. 


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