Freeport Bahamas Snorkeling
Grand Bahama Island is perfect for snorkeling. The water is clear, and shallow in most areas. There is an abundance of brilliant coral and reefs to explore, and the waters are teeming with interesting sea creatures and plant life. It is an experience that begs to be repeated. You will see schools of fish gleaming in the crystal clear waters. Spot dolphins and sharks gracefully swimming about. Observe rays, crabs, lobsters, and even turtles in their natural surroundings. Virtually every coastal area of Grand Bahama Island is ideal for snorkeling, including at the resorts of Freeport, and the remotest areas on the east and west ends of the island.
Snorkeling is an exciting yet soothing activity that should definitely be experienced. Snorkeling is easier than scuba diving in many ways andndash; it requires less equipment, there is no certification required, and even less than average swimmers can participate and enjoy flitting around the shallow areas, exploring colorful coral and brilliant sea life.
There are numerous tour operators and snorkeling companies on the island that offer guided tours of the reefs. Most offer gear rentals, and even provide lessons for beginning snorkelers. There are some truly spectacular snorkeling sites around Grand Bahama Island, including Deadman's Reef, where you can snorkel right off the beach, Paradise Cove, and at Old Bahama Bay, where snorkeling trails are clearly marked for you. You can also try snorkeling at the shallow parts of Theo's Wreck, a 238-foot freighter that was sunk as a dive site in 1982 (the deepest parts of the wreck are 100 feet down!).
If you feel like venturing out on your own to snorkel, there are plenty of places for you to try it. There are many remote beaches all over the island that provide fantastic snorkeling opportunities. Because of the remoteness of some of the areas, you might want to either bring your own snorkeling gear (fins, mask, and snorkel), or rent some before you set off. Rental places are unlikely to be around in the areas.
You can also snorkel off the shores of some of Grand Bahamas Island's premiere resorts, including the Paradise Cove Beach Resort, Ocean Pearl Resort, and Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, which are all located in Freeport. In addition, there is snorkeling at Old Bahama Bay in West End.
Snorkeling while visiting Freeport and Grand Bahama Island is a must-do activity. Once you try it, you will want to recreate the experience over and over again. When you experience the tranquility of the warm cerulean Caribbean waters, and observe the multitude of plant and animal life, you will truly understand the meaning of paradise!