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.
If you're looking forward to experiencing what's below the surface you might want to visit 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 located in the northeastern part of Salt Cay.
The following table enables you to get more details concerning one of the best places to go snorkeling in this area.
|North Beach||2.1 mi. Northeast of Central Balfour Town||Salt Cay|
Some people believe the best snorkeling is located off shore.
If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to check with 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.
Take a look at the chart below for a listing of the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.
|Crystal Seas Adventures||Boating and Day-Sailing Provider||(649) 946-6977||Salt Cay||Salt Cay|
If you're looking for a place offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Salt Cay Divers. While this center may specialize in scuba, they also cater to visitors who may prefer to stick closer to the surface and do a little snorkeling. They are located on Salt Cay.
Check the following table for a list of a firm that offers snorkeling related services.
|Salt Cay Divers||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(649) 241-1009||Salt Cay||Salt Cay|
For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out 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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