Snorkeling in Grand Bahama Island
Paradise Cove. Here you can snorkel right offshore at Deadman's Reef, a two-system reef with water ranging from extremely shallow to 35 feet deep. It's considered the island's best spot for snorkeling off the beach—you're likely to see lots of angelfish, barracudas, rays, and the occasional sea turtle. There is an access fee of $3 per person; snorkel equipment rentals are available for $15 a day. For those not wanting to swim to the reef, glass bottom kayaks are also available. Make a day of it at the beautiful beach and Red Bar, which offers burgers and fries, as well as Bahamian classics such as conch fritters and cracked conch. Deadman's Reef, 8 mi east of West End turnoff, Grand Bahama Island. 242/349–2677. www.deadmansreef.com.
Paradise Watersports. This company offers a 90-minute reef snorkeling cruise for $40. They also provide Waverunner tours, glassbottom boat rides, fishing, and parasailing. Island Seas Resort & Viva Wyndham Fortuna, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–4001 or 954/237–6660. www.the-bahamas-watersports.com/paradisewatersports.
Pat & Diane Tours. This company offers two snorkel trip options aboard a fun-boat catamaran with a 30-foot rock-climbing wall and slide into the water. One tour goes to the vibrant 1-mile-long Rainbow Reef; the other is a longer tour to a private beach and includes lunch. Free pickup and return to all hotels is included. Port Lucaya Marketplace, Port Lucayan Marina, Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–8681, 888/439–3959, or 954/323–1975. www.snorkelingbahamas.com.
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