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 see what's below the surface you might want to check out 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 within the northeastern part of Salt Cay.

Some details concerning one of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area are listed below.

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

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you can check with Crystal Seas Adventures. No more than 10 guests will sail at any time, keeping the boats uncrowded and the service more personalized. They also offer whale watching trips, providing you the benefit of their expertise and more than ten years of experience looking for and finding whales in the waters off Salt Cay.

Some key facts about the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling are provided down 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

Salt Cay Divers

If you looking for someone that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to contact 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 in the northwestern part of Salt Cay.

The table directly below lists information regarding a firm that offers snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services On Salt Cay
Name Type Phone Location Island
Salt Cay Divers Snorkeling Tour Operator (649) 245-1063 0.6 mi. North of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this comprehensive 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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