Rainbow Reef Snorkeling

The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in Long Island.

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Off the northwest tip of Long Island, the snorkeling at Rainbow Reef is known to be habitat for elkhorn coral and numerous sponges. The Rainbow Reef dive site is located off Santa Maria Beach. There are three entry points from the beach to Rainbow Reef. The reef is located 60 feet offshore. Overall, it is a protected snorkeling site that is good all year round. Keep an eye out for southern stingrays in the sand flats and spotted eagle rays a little further out.

To reach the snorkeling at Long Island, 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). When flying into Long Island, the main airfield is Deadmans Cay Airport.

Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Rainbow Reef off Long Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).

Overall, Rainbow Reef is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in Long Island.


Local Contact(s):  Bahamas Tourism (242) 322-7500.

Recommended Book:  "Bahamas Complete Snorkeling Guide" from Lawson Wood

Recommended Map:  "Bahamas Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  Gems At Paradise Resort

Luxury Loding:  Stella Maris Resort (242) 338-2051; Cape Santa Maria Resort (250) 598-3366

Reference Source:  click here http://www.bahamas.com/islands/long

Article Source:   Best Rainbow Reef Snorkeling Review https://www.snorkelingdives.com/?id=23392

GPS:  23.659521, -75.345247

Date Published:  1/4/2012

Date Updated:  7/20/2016

ID:  23392

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