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 want to explore below the water's 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 within the northeastern part of Salt Cay.

Some basic information concerning one of the best places to go snorkeling in this area are listed in the chart 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 located off shore.

If you're hoping 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.

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 can check with Salt Cay Divers Snorkeling Tour. 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.

Take some time to look through the chart 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 Snorkeling Tour Operator (649) 241-1009 Salt Cay Salt Cay

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