Most people who travel to the Bahamas are there for the stunning beaches, the beautiful weather, and the Caribbean lifestyle. However, there’s a hidden treasure that some lucky travelers stumble upon while there: Thunderball Cave Bahamas.
Located in the Exumas, a chain of 365 islands, Thunderball Grotto Exuma is worth visiting no matter how long you’ll be in the Bahamas. It’s so beautiful that it’s even made its way into some of the many famous Bahamas movies!
To help you understand more about it, we’ve compiled some essential information about Thunderball Grotto Bahamas below. By the time you finish reading, you’ll know more about it and will even know how to see it on a day trip to Bahamas.
Keep reading to find out more!
Thunderball Cave Bahamas: What to Know
Getting to the Exumas
As mentioned, Thunderball Grotto and some of the other top sites in the Bahamas are in the Exumas, a region to the south of Nassau. Unlike Freeport and other bustling parts of the country, you won’t find throngs of people in the Exumas. What you will find, however, are stunning beaches bordered by bright, clear-blue water.
Part of the reason why the Exumas are quieter is because they’re more of a challenge to get to. There’s no international airport in the region like there is on Nassau, nor can the islands accommodate the massive cruise ships that stop at other islands.
One of the ways that many people reach the Exumas is by ferry. Traveling on the boat from Nassau can take you to the region in a couple of hours. However, most of the people who reach the Exumas do so by boat, meaning that you’re bound to share the ferry with tons of other people. The experience is also uncomfortable as the boat has to churn through the rough waters of the open seas.
Those downsides have led to the rise in popularity of a new way to reach the Exumas: Bahamas day trips by plane from Nassau. When you sign up for one of these excursions, you’ll arrive at Staniel Cay in 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to see Thunderball Cave Bahamas and the other top attractions in the region.
Thunderball Grotto Guide
If you’re unfamiliar with it, Thunderball Grotto Bahamas is an underwater cave system. These caves take millions of years to form and are teeming with all sorts of underwater life, including coral, fish, and other aquatic creatures.
If you’re a fan of James Bond, you’ll already know where the name “Thunderball” comes from – from the 1963 film Thunderball! Many Thunderball filming locations are in the Bahamas, including the cave system, so it’s only fitting that the location pays homage to the famous movie.
However, the site has a decorated Hollywood career besides being Thunderball filming locations. Movies such as Splash with Tom Hanks, and Into the Blue, with Jessica Alba and the late Paul Walker, also feature scenes at the grotto.
Its rich pop-culture history and the stunning nature present have transformed Thunderball Cave Bahamas into the attraction that it is today.
What to See When You Arrive
When you travel with Bahamas Air Tours on a Staniel Cay day tour, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the waters in and around the underwater caves. Given the diversity of underwater life, Thunderball Cave Bahamas is the perfect spot to dive, snorkel, swim, or even just wade through the water.
As mentioned, you can expect to see all sorts of aquatic life around you. You can see coral, conch, lobster, yellowtail snappers, angelfish, sergeant majors, and much more. Above water, you can also see the private islands of celebrities like Oprah and Johnny Depp in the distance! There’s so much to see all around you that you won’t know where to look.
While you can visit the caves at high tide, the best time to visit is at low tide. That’s because when the water is at its highest, underwater tunnels and caves make certain areas unreachable without scuba diving equipment.
Other Sites in the Region
While Thunderball Grotto is one of the highlights of Exuma day trips, it’s far from the only thing you’ll get to see when you travel with Bahamas Air Tours. Let’s take a look at some of the other highlights that make Staniel Cay day trips from Nassau or Miami so worthwhile.
Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Flying to the Exumas has you using the island of Staniel Cay as your base of operations in the region. The island houses a small, regional airport, connecting it to the outside world. Upon arrival, you’ll then transfer to a boat that you’ll use to traverse the waters and surrounding islands. However, Staniel Cay has plenty of sites to see in its own right.
It features a charming town, complete with shops and restaurants. When you travel on a Staniel Cay Day Tour, you’ll eat at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club for lunch.
Aside from modern amenities, the island (like every other island in the Bahamas) is also beautiful. From palm trees swaying in the breeze to the vivid, crystal-clear water that stretches to the horizon, walking around Staniel Cay will have you feeling like you stepped into a postcard.
While Thunderball Grotto might have an illustrious, star-studded past, Pig Beach may have surpassed it in popularity in recent years. In fact, the Exuma Pigs at Big Major Cay have become so popular, they’ve inspired “knock-off” pig beaches in other parts of the Bahamas and the world.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, Pig Beach is an island that’s only residents are pigs. No one knows for certain how they got to the island, but as farmers have brought them food by boat for years, the pigs have learned to associate the arrival of boats with feeding time. That’s made them gregarious and eager to greet visitors to their island.
On swimming pigs tours, visitors get the chance to get up close and personal with the famous pigs. You can explore their island, hang out with them on the beach, and even swim alongside them in the water.
We’ll let you decide whether you prefer Thunderball Cave Bahamas or the Exuma Pigs at Pig Beach!
While it might not be as famous as Pig Island or Thunderball Cave Bahamas, many people who sign up for day trips with Bahamas Air Tours end up enjoying the experience at Compass Cay more than anything else. So what can you find there? Schools of nurse sharks!
Years ago, the owner of the Compass Cay marina befriended a school of nurse sharks, and they’ve stuck around the waters ever since. When you travel there, you’ll see them swimming around right offshore.
Given the number of sharks present, the site has gained attention in recent years, to the point that it’s even been the subject of shark documentaries. But regardless of whether you’re an avid shark lover, seeing the massive fish up close will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
Star in Your Own Bahamas Movies
Thunderball Cave Bahamas is one of the highlights of the Bahamas. It features amazing underwater life and has even been the backdrop of several Hollywood films. However, it’s just one of many amazing sites in the Exumas.
When you travel with Bahamas Air Tours, you’ll get to see Thunderball Grotto Exuma and many of the amazing sites in the region, like Pig Beach.
Sign up for a Staniel Cay day tour today!
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