Visiting the Bahamas will undoubtedly see you exploring the beauty of the oceans, as well as the stunning landscape above the water’s surface. Nassau snorkeling combines the two, making for a memorable, colorful and thoroughly exciting experience. Whether you decide to snorkel right off one of the Nassau beaches, or you set out on any number of the numerous Nassau Bahamas excursions, you’ll be sure to have the time of your life.
Nassau snorkeling is also exceptionally convenient and accessible. This is mainly due to the fact that Nassau is both the capital city of the Bahamas, as well as being the busiest. This means there is more than enough infrastructure set in place to cover any and everyone’s needs. Nassau snorkeling is one of the very best ways to make use of this infrastructure, as nothing says “Bahamian vacation” like spending an hour or two exploring the beautiful world below the ocean’s surface.
Nassau snorkeling may sound exciting, but is also only the very beginning of what the Bahamas has to offer. Whether you’re a solo traveler or you’re touring with your family, Bahamas Air Tours can take you to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations in no time at all. There is nothing quite like flying over the gorgeous landscape of the Bahamas as you make your way from one unforgettable experience to the next. Bahamas Air Tours will only enhance the beauty and extent of your trip, allowing you to see more across a wider range of islands. From Nassau snorkeling to the swimming pigs of Staniel Cay, Bahamas Air Tours has the trip for you.
The 7 Best Nassau Snorkeling Locations
1. Rose Island Reef
While it may not technically be in Nassau, Rose Island Reef is mere miles to the east. What makes this such an exceptional Nassau snorkeling site is the depth of the water. It is particularly shallow here, which means that it is ideal for snorkeling. You can cover an enormous area here without seeing the same thing twice, and with the beauty of the turquoise bahamian ocean around you, you’ll be sure to go home with stories to tell. As if this didn’t already put Rose Island Reef at the top of the list of best snorkeling in Nassau, there’s even more that makes it unique. There are, in fact, two shipwrecks on this reef that are just waiting to be explored. While these ships may not have seen human activity for decades, marine life has certainly kept them looking lively. With colorful coral and a plethora of tropical fish all around you, your Nassau snorkeling tour will be off to an excellent start.
2. Stuart Cove
After the unimaginable beauty and excellent conditions of Rose Island Reef, you may think that nothing could possibly beat it. Well, Stuart Cove may do just this. With conditions comparable to Rose Island Reef, you’ll be sure to have a brilliant time snorkeling here. However, Stuart Cove is not a site for the faint of heart. While it is entirely safe, just like all other Nassau Bahamas excursions, it is a thrilling site to say the least. The reason for this is that Stuart Cove is home to numerous Caribbean Reef Sharks. They are mostly harmless, but should always be treated with caution as they are wild animals. What’s more is you may even find one of these sharks emerging from the shattered hull of one of the many shipwrecks that can be found here too. There really is something fascinating about exploring the watery remains of a ship that once stood proud on the water’s surface. With unparalleled visibility and a beautiful marine environment, Stuart Cove is sure to leave you with unforgettable experiences.
3. Exumas Land and Sea Park
While the highlight of other sites may be how easily accessible they are, the Exumas Land and Sea Park is exactly the opposite. The beauty of this place is that it’s remote. In fact, you can only visit via seaplane or boat. Fortunately, you will have more than enough tour options to choose from to get here. You will find that there are significantly fewer people here, allowing you to explore the truly colossal reef area at your leisure. What’s more is the Land and Sea Park is also home to a number of freshwater springs as well as land and sea caves. All of these can also be visited on your Nassau snorkeling tour. A Nassau snorkeling trip to the Exumas Land and Sea park will leave you awestruck by the pristine beauty of the Bahamas.
4. Goulding Cay Reef
Located mere minutes from downtown Nassau, and providing shallow, calm waters to explore, Goulding Cay Reef is perfect for a family outing. During low tide, the depth can get as little as 9 feet, making it one of the shallowest and most accessible sites for snorkelers. Goulding Cay Reef is mostly home to elkhorn coral which sway in the gentle ocean currents in a truly enchanting dance. Thousands upon thousands of tropical fish join these coral in a mesmerizing display of beauty beneath the water’s surface.
5. Little Elvis
Heading northwest of New Providence Island will bring you to Little Elvis reef. Boasting tremendously large fire coral and plant networks, this reef is a true joy to witness. If you’re keeping an eye out for slightly more unique marine life, then this is the place for you. You will be sure to find plenty of eels here, which can be truly fascinating to watch as they ‘slither’ their way through the water. As a relatively shallow reef with a plethora of marine life to discover, Little Elvis is entirely worth a visit.
6. Gambier Deep Reef
Many of the other Nassau snorkeling sites have been particularly shallow. While this may be better for snorkeling in general, sometimes it’s nice to explore something a little deeper. Gambier Deep Reef starts to give you a sense of the sheer size of the ocean around you. The color of the water is even a deeper blue here, rather than the turquoise of the other sites. Though it is deep, that’s not to say there’s nothing to see here. In fact, you get an excellent view of the upper tiers of the reef from the surface. Seeing this reef from a distance will also give you a bigger picture of how the entire reef functions. With a wider look at the schools of fish and the general goings on of the underwater world below you, you will find that Gambier Deep Reef can prove to be just as fascinating as some of the other Paradise Island snorkeling sites.
7. Andros Barrier Reef
If Stuart Cove’s thrilling experience only made you hungry for more excitement, then Andros Barrier Reef is for you. However, the thrill of this site is not thanks to sharks, but it’s staggering size. Stretching over 124 miles, Andros Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the western North Atlantic Ocean. One thing about this site that is bound to get your heart pounding is visiting what is known as the ‘Tongue of the Ocean’. While you’ll be exploring most of the reef at around a 60 ft depth, it slopes dramatically down to around 6000 ft. This massive expanse of ocean is truly a sight to behold. With a wide range of unique fish and coral to discover on this reef, the Andros Barrier Reef is an absolute must for all Nassau snorkeling tours.
Discover more with the Nassau Bahamas Excursions
Exploring the oceans around Nassau is just the beginning. If you have toured the best snorkeling in Nassau, and it only makes you want more, then the Bahamas will surely deliver. The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands and Cays, and while the busiest and most popular of these may be in and around Nassau, there is so much more out there. The Out Islands offer the true, pristine beauty of the Bahamas. It is out here, and not in Nassau that you will find some of the world’s most beautiful scenes, both above and beneath the water.
Naturally, it is entirely up to you how you go about exploring these beautiful islands. Whether you decide to stay in the Out Islands, or just head out from Nassau to explore them, you’ll be sure to have the time of your life. A tour of the Bahamas without visiting the Out Islands is simply incomplete. This stands true for snorkeling tours too, regardless of whether your paradise island snorkeling tour took you to some of the best snorkeling in Nassau. Some of the most beautiful reefs lie in the more remote areas of the Bahamas, making them that much more special. If you want to explore the true beauty of the Bahamas, then be sure to book a trip to the Out Islands and bask in their mesmerising glory.
Book a Trip with Bahamas Air Tours
Snorkeling Nassau Bahamas is undoubtedly one of the very best things you can do with your time in the country. However, many people waste a lot of that precious time on travel time. The beauty of Bahamas Air Tours is that it allows you to comprehensively explore the Bahamian islands by air. This means a much shorter travel time and ultimately a better tour of the country. In fact, if you are particularly pressed for time, you can even set out from Florida and enjoy a day trip to the Bahamas. This is something that hasn’t really been a reality until Bahamas Air Tours. Now you can explore the beauty that the Bahamas has to offer without taking a full week off.
Bahamas Air Tours offers a range of packages, so whether you’re looking for a quick trip to experience Nassau snorkeling, or you want to discover all that the country has to offer, you’ll be in good hands. There is a whole lot more to a trip with Bahamas Air Tours than just the time saved though. The beauty of the Bahamas cannot be overstated, and to see it from above before exploring it on the ground is bound to make your tour of the country truly unforgettable.
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