Northeast of Nassau off the north point of Eleuthera Island, the snorkeling at Harbour Island is known for its fringing coral reef along the windward east coast. The reef consist of elkhorn corals, brain corals and star corals. The Harbour Island snorkeling dive sites are accessible from shore or by a short boat trip. These dive sites are best when the wind and surf are calm.
There are six major Harbour Island dive sites. The secluded Man Island site has plenty of octopus to observe, and is located about 3.1 miles north of Dunmore Town. The Sea Gardens site is a horseshoe shaped reef with plenty of corals. The Pink House site has a large elkhorn forest. The Devils Backbone site has more than 3 miles of reefs teeming with marine life along with wrecks and anchors. The Potato And Onion Wreck is a natural 200 foot long shipwreck in 15 feet of water. And, the Tunnel Reef is a coral head reef with numerous holes that is about 0.25 miles long.
To reach the snorkeling at Harbour 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). For Harbour Island, you can fly into North Eleuthera Airport (ELH). Then take the ferry boat from North Eleuthera to Harbour Island. A good base is Dunmore Town. There are regular flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, into Governors Harbor Airport, and flights from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando into North Eleuthera Airport on Silver Airways (a United Airlines partner). Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling off Harbour Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Harbour Island is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 7 snorkeling dives in Eleuthera Islands.