Snorkeling Around Port Lucaya

Although it is THE site to see in Port Lucaya, don't focus all of your attention on the Port Lucaya Marketplace and overlook all of the other attractions that are to be seen and the activities that are to be done from this busy destination; namely, snorkeling.

Most people who visit here do so as part of a cruise, and so choose to participate in a guided tour of the top snorkeling sites in the area.  Many of these excursions also incorporate a stop at the Port Lucaya Marketplace and several other cultural attractions in order to get it all in.

If you have the luxury of staying longer and want to plan some time snorkeling on your own, you'll find that equipment is available at the dive shops in the area, if, that is, your hotel doesn't offer it to guests free of charge.

In Port Lucaya, visitors are used to experiencing some of the clearest and calmest waters imaginable, making it easy to see the brightly colored fish that swim about without fear because they are so used to visitors stopping by to see where they live.  You'll be able to enjoy the peaceful escape of snorkeling right from the shore, but there are also some sites only accessible by boat.  Hiring a tour guide to get you to these spots will be your best bet.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to experience what's below the surface you should consider a visit to Silver Point Reef. Popular thanks to its stunningly clear turquoise waters, it is actually the thick and healthy coral beds that provide the most intrigue for snorkelers. This snorkeling site is located in Port Lucaya.

Buddha Heads 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 Seahunt Reef. 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.

A fourth location where you can go snorkeling is Treasure Reef. The depth of the reef here ranges from five to 15 feet deep. Snorkelers will likely encounter a nice diversity of marine creatures including sergent majors, grunts, goatfish, and snapper. If you want to experience it for yourself, you'll find this site situated a short distance away East-Southeast of central Port Lucaya.

The following table provides more details regarding 4 of the most popular locations to experience snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Port Lucaya
Site Location
Silver Point Reef 0.3 mi. East of Central Port Lucaya
Buddha Heads 0.4 mi. South of Central Port Lucaya
Seahunt Reef 3.1 mi. East of Central Port Lucaya
Treasure Reef 2.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Port Lucaya

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you should consider 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 worth investigating is Pat & Diane Tours. For over 25 years, they have been a trusted name in the tourism industry, both licensed and approved by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, plus all of their crew is first aid trained and proficient in CPR. Safety is a priority, but so is fun and saving. They're located in northern Port Lucaya.

Still another option is Superior Watersports Sailing. Superior Watersports offers high quality watersports and Island activities for those vacationing in the Bahamas. It is regarded as the #1 Water Sport and Island Tour Provider on Grand Bahama Island.

Look through the table just below to read more about boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Port Lucaya
Name Phone Location
Pat & Diane Tours (888) 439-3959 0 mi. North of Central Port Lucaya
Reef Tours (242) 373-5880 0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Port Lucaya
Superior Watersports Sailing (242) 373-7863 0.3 mi. South West of Central Port Lucaya

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a business that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with 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.

A second company worth knowing about 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 located within northern Port Lucaya.

The table directly below enables you to get a few details concerning 7 companies that offer snorkeling services.

Snorkeling Services In Port Lucaya
Name Type Phone Location
Lucaya Watersports Seahorse Road Snorkeling Tour Operator (242) 373-6375 0.2 mi. West of Central Port Lucaya
Lucaya Watersports Taino Beach Resort Snorkeling Tour Operator (242) 727-0968 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Port Lucaya
Ocean Motion Water Sports Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (242) 373-9603 0.2 mi. East of Central Port Lucaya
Ocean Motion Watersports Watersports Equipment Shop (242) 373-9603 0.2 mi. East of Central Port Lucaya
Pat & Diane Fantasia Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (242) 373-8681 0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Port Lucaya
Superior Watersports Snorkeling Tour Operator (242) 373-7863 0 mi. North of Central Port Lucaya
Superior Watersports Watersports Equipment Shop 373-7863 Port Lucaya

For more information about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

A trip to Port Lucaya is often a whirlwind experience, but you can make the most of your time here by making sure to plan at least a few hours under the surface of the sea while snorkeling and taking in local marine life.  

 

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