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Old 10-01-2016, 11:35   #16
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Re: Good Snorkeling in the Bahamas

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Thunderball Grotto (Staniel Cay):
Latitude: 24°10'32.43" x Longitude: -76°26'38.18"
The James Bond movie “Thunderball” was filmed here; as well as “Never Say Never Again”, “Splash”, and “Into the Blue”.

The smallest (centre) of 3 islets, off Staniel Cay
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See, and Gordy didnt even need to consult with MI5 to find it.

Beautiful spot if you time your visit to avoid the hordes, other good snorkel spots in the area too.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:58   #17
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Re: Good Snorkeling in the Bahamas

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Use Always a buoy, like divers do, while you are snorkeling. So you can be seen wel by other boats (speed). You won't be the first .....
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Re: Good Snorkeling in the Bahamas

Just bounce your way down through the Exumas and jump overboard once you've set your anchor. A lot of the islands have mini-reefs on one or more of their coasts

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Best advice: shallow lagoons among uninhabited islands. Unfortunately these are also places the drug runners tend to stop over.
Maybe back in the late 1970s to mid 1980s. Not really a problem these days.
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Re: Good Snorkeling in the Bahamas

There are no good spots to snorkel in the Bahamas. Try BVI or the Grenadines. No lobster or conch left either. And definitely nothing at Rum Cay or the Raggeds.

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There are no good spots to snorkel in the Bahamas. Try BVI or the Grenadines. No lobster or conch left either. And definitely nothing at Rum Cay or the Raggeds.

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Re: Good Snorkeling in the Bahamas

Thanks for the advice and, well, the laffs too.
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Re: Good Snorkeling in the Bahamas

In our experience there is usually someplace interesting to snorkel a quick dinghy ride from where ever you chose to anchor. Part of the fun is the hunt for the less popular spots. You can find some beautiful spots in the cruising guides, the problem is they will be popular or well populated. When we settled in at anchor, we liked to look at the charts and see what looked good for exploring nearby. Sometimes a boon, sometimes a bust, but always an adventure. Mind the tides, buy some weights and a spear. Some times we would work a coral head, then pick up the dinghy anchor and swim/tow it to the next head.
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...No lobster or conch left either. ...
A lot less than there used to be. I spent a lot of time in the Bahamas in the 80s. Diving for dinner was way easy then. Then spent a few months cruising the Bahamas in 2004-05. Wow, a lot more effort to catch dinner. Can't imagine its gotten any better.
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A lot less than there used to be. I spent a lot of time in the Bahamas in the 80s. Diving for dinner was way easy then. Then spent a few months cruising the Bahamas in 2004-05. Wow, a lot more effort to catch dinner. Can't imagine its gotten any better.
Yes this is true. I notice a big difference from 1990, especially in the grouper population. And either they're getting smarter or I'm getting slower.

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Re: Good Snorkeling in the Bahamas

Conception Island, located in the southern end of Exuma Sound has spectacular snorkeling on its northern side where a long reef extends northwest for approximately one nautical mile:

23°51'46.63"N 75° 7'42.73"W

The beachy area to the south of the reef is typically where boats anchor - 23°51'4.43"N 75° 7'15.64"W - it is far enough from the snorkeling that it does require a dinghy trip. This cay is pretty exposed to weather so you need to wait for a period of calm, not only for comfort and safety at anchor, but also for good visibility on the reef.

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Conception Island, located in the southern end of Exuma Sound has spectacular snorkeling on its northern side where a long reef extends northwest for approximately one nautical mile:

23°51'46.63"N 75° 7'42.73"W

The beachy area to the south of the reef is typically where boats anchor - 23°51'4.43"N 75° 7'15.64"W - it is far enough from the snorkeling that it does require a dinghy trip. This cay is pretty exposed to weather so you need to wait for a period of calm, not only for comfort and safety at anchor, but also for good visibility on the reef.

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I hope it's still good, but I'm worried it's not. Last year it was just starting to recover from Hurricane Irene 6 years ago, but Juaquin sat over it for several days blowing over 100. Irene destroyed most of the elkhorn and it passed over quickly.

There's a really nice reef off of the north end of Andros at 25 13.6 x 78 02.5.

Approach it from the flats side and be careful when you get near it. The tops are awash at low tide and the bottom is about 15 feet. Lots of caves. The tongue side has very nice Staghorn and Elkhorn. The tongue side is well scoured and difficult to impossible to anchor on. We usually anchor at Morgan's bluff and take the dinghy to the reef. It's about a 2 mile ride, stay west of the two charted Islands until you are north of them then head north east. You can often see waves breaking on the outer reef, but it's calm on the back reef. Just be careful picking your way through the coral.
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Re: Good Snorkeling in the Bahamas

Depends a lot on how you like to snorkel and what you want to see. Conception is cool. Actually some of the best I had was outside of Georgetown/Stocking island thru one of the cuts. Great out there, nobody goes. Good hunting too.
I never saw as good snorkeling as the Bahamas all the way to Trini.
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Re: Good Snorkeling in the Bahamas

Actually Conception is disappointing for snorkeling. The reef was destroyed years ago and it takes many years to recover.

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