Southeast of Nassau at the northwest end of Exuma Cays, the snorkeling at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is an amazing experience filled with dense marine life among the staghorn and elkhorn coral forests. It is known for its high water clarity with visibility up to 100 feet.
The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park consists of 18 tiny cays surrounded by coral reefs, of which there are 8 main cays that are better known. The region is protected by the government under the Bahamas National Trust and stretches 2.2 miles from Wax Cay Cut to Conch Cut. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park snorkeling is only accessible by boat, and snorkelers can use either Staniel Cay Yacht Club or Sampson Cay as a base.
The Exuma Cays island chain is 130 miles long and consists of 365 islands (or cays). Of the 365 cays, only 29 cays are inhabited. While snorkeling Exuma Cays, you may encounter turtles, sharks, stingrays, grouper, snapper, conch, green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles, and lobster. A great way to enjoy the snorkeling is via a live-aboard option. All of the best Exuma Cays snorkeling spots are accessible by snorkel boat tours.
To reach the snorkeling at Exuma Cays, most travelers will fly commercial airlines into Nassau on New Providence or fly into Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. To reach the out islands from Nassau, you can either use Bahamas Air (which is known for late departures) or use the mail boat ferry service (393-1064). The main airport at Exuma Cays is the Exuma International Airport (GCT). Note, it is sometimes possible to fly commercial air from southern Florida into Great Exuma Cay, such as the United/Silver Airways flights from Ft Lauderdale to Georgetown. The capital city of Georgetown makes a good base.
Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling off Exuma Cays, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Exuma Cays Land Sea Park is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Exuma Cays.