The Bahamas is a year-round vacation destination for travelers from all over the world. Make the most of your yacht charter by planning activities like snorkeling or scuba diving, or schedule your trip during the Junkanoo festival, a sailing regatta or a fishing tournament.
Where Are The Best Places To Snorkel & Scuba Dive In The Bahamas?
The Bahamas is also home to some very unique wildlife, and taking a yacht charter is one of the best ways to see it. For example, you can see adorable swimming pigs on Big Major, and indigenous Rock Iguana populations on Allen's Cay. There are also many hikes you can do on several different islands to view the beautiful flora.
The Bahamas Offers Many Snorkeling And Scuba Diving Spots
There are multiple scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities in the Bahamas such as Thunderball Grotto, an exciting place to go scuba diving, that was actually featured in the James Bond films.
Nassau is the capital of The Bahamas, and it is located on Grand Bahama. Both Grand Bahama and neighboring Paradise Island are well-known for their luxurious resorts, and they are a good place to start any Bahamas yacht charter tour. Wandering the streets of Nassau, you will see the beautiful pastel-colored architecture, as well as many historic sites dating back to the city's time as a pit stop for pirates in the area. We have created a suggested yacht charter itinerary with plenty of things to do, for example, you can visit Old Fort Nassau, Blackbeard's residence, at the British Colonial Hilton.
The Bahamas Are Perfect For Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
The Bahamian Islands are ideal for snorkeling thanks to its clear, blue waters that are usually calm, along with miles of stunning coral reefs. Coral reefs, also known as “Rainforests of the Sea”, are home to millions of fish, starfish, sea urchins and turtles. The shallow reefs that surround the islands are only a few feet from the surface of the ocean, making it very easy to take a look into underwater life. There are also numerous blue holes and cays to explore.
Are you looking forward to putting on a pair of goggles, grabbing your flippers and experiencing underwater life up close? The Bahamas offers many picturesque spots for snorkeling! One of the best things about snorkeling is that you don’t need any training or special equipment.
Below you will find a list of the Best Snorkeling Spots for a Bahamas Yacht Charter:
1. Dean’s Blue Hole (Long Island)
When the ceiling of an ancient cave collapses into the ocean, a blue hole is created. This one is considered to be one of the deepest in the world!
Dean’s Blue Hole - Photo: Public Domain
2. Green Turtle Cay (Abacos)
Located in the northern part of the Bahamas, the Abacos are one of the most remote areas of the Out Islands. Green Turtle Cay is the perfect spot to explore magnificent shallow reefs and outstanding fish life, sea fans and coral formations just off the beach. Unlike more central islands of the Bahamas, this area is free of crowds and marine environments are more preserved.
Green Turtle - Photo Public Domain
3. Stocking Island (Exumas)
This barrier island located Southeast of Nassau houses stunning blue holes (ocean pools of fresh water floating on heavier saltwater) and is surrounded by underwater caves and coral gardens of striking colors. Don’t Miss Mystery Cave, a 400 ft. deep blue hole!
4. Devil’s Backbone (Eleuthera)
Located about 1.4 miles northeast of Spanish Wells Island, Devil’s Backbone is known for its beautiful shallow reef, the variety of fish and other marine life. Renowned for its numerous shipwrecks, this boat accessed site houses snappers, parrotfish, grunts, moray eels, angelfish, and stingrays.
Devil's Backbone Reef - Photo By James St. John CC BY
5. Bimini Road (Bimini)
This is probably one of the most famous dive sites around this area, whose most famous visitor was Ernst Hemingway. Explore the huge limestone blocks off the coast of North Bimini, which are believed to have been once an undersea road to the lost city of Atlantis. It is very accessible and only around 20 feet deep. Are these stones natural or man-made? Explore them and decide for yourself!
6. The Wreck of San Jacinto (Abacos)
This ancient shipwreck is located near Whale Cay and consists of acres of steel rubble covered in coral. It is home to thousands of reef fish, turtles, morays and other marine life.
7. Thunderball Grotto (Exuma Cays)
This fantastic underwater cave was used in the filming of two James Bond movies!