Snorkeling Around Salt Cay

As a sparsely inhabited island, Salt Cay presents a unique opportunity for visitors to explore island life in a way that in not hindered by development and growth.  The waters that surround the island enjoy the same pristine conditions and that is just one of the reasons why you should incorporate some time snorkeling during your getaway.

The waters of Salt Cay enjoy temperatures of between 77 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit, with visibility that often reaches us to 100 feet.  There area several spots surrounding the island, especially on the north coast, where you can wade in from the shore and experience a great deal of healthy marine life.  If you're visiting between the months of January and April, you may also get to experience the migration of the North Atlantic humpback whale.  This is one of the only places on earth that you can enjoy this experience and a local tour operator specializes in guiding guests on this journey.

If you're going to hook up with a tour operator, it is also a great time to consider snorkeling some of the other areas of the island chain.  There are numerous islets and cays that have protected waters and thus very healthy and breathtaking coral reef systems.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to experience what's below the surface you should consider a visit to North Beach. Known for offering some of the best snorkeling on Salt Cay, visibility can reach up to 100 feet deep. The best snorkeling, however, is just 15 feet deep and features brain, staghorn, elkhorn, and pillar corals where angelfish, grouper, spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, conch, and turtles live. This snorkeling site is found in the northeastern part of Salt Cay.

Check out this table for summary info concerning one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Salt Cay
Site Location Island
North Beach 2.1 mi. Northeast of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to contact Crystal Seas Adventures. It is hard to resist the shockingly blue waters that beckon of the coast of Salt Cay, and with Crystal Seas Adventures you don't have to. This company offers a host of different sea adventures from deep sea fishing to snorkeling, and of course, guided tours of the coast.

A few details with regard to the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling can be found in the chart below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Salt Cay
Name Type Phone Location Island
Crystal Seas Adventures Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (649) 946-6977 Salt Cay Salt Cay

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a business that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with Salt Cay Divers. The center is near some of the best snorkeling locations in the islands, and these tours can get you to them. They even have access to Cotton Cay. They are located on Salt Cay.

Take a moment to read the table just below for details on a firm that offers snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services On Salt Cay
Name Type Phone Location Island
Salt Cay Divers Snorkeling Tour Operator (649) 241-1009 Salt Cay Salt Cay

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read our detailed Caribbean snorkeling article.

Salt Cay is one of those destinations where snorkeling is a must, and if you visit during the right months it can even be a life-changing experience.  


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