Best Thunderball Reef Snorkeling

The 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot in New Providence Island.


  March 8, 2017

Northeast of Nassau off New Providence Island, the snorkeling at Thunderball Reef is along a shallow reef with excellent visibility. There are feather corals, brain coral, tube sponges, huge elkhorn coral stands and staghorn coral. In the 6 to 30 feet deep waters, keep an eye out for grouper, parrotfish, wrasse, snapper, grunts, french angelfish and Caribbean lobster.

The snorkeling at Thunderball Reef is accessible by a short boat ride from Athol Island. The Thunderball Reef is located on the north side of Athol Island.

To reach the snorkeling on New Providence Island, most travelers will fly commercial airlines into Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). In case you'd like to do some snorkeling on 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). To reach the Thunderball Reef snorkeling, use the boats from Athol Island to the northeast shore (a short boat ride).

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

Overall, Thunderball Reef is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in New Providence Island.

Local Contacts:  Bahamas Tourism (242) 322-7500; Bahama Divers, New Providence (242) 393-5644; Stuarts Cove Snorkel Tours (242) 362-4171.

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  Comfort Suites Paradise Island

GPS:  25.074123, -77.261213

Date Published:  12/29/2011

Date Updated:  3/8/2017

ID:  23395

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