Turtle Rocks Snorkeling
The 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot in Bimini Islands.
Friday 1 July 2016 06:42 GMT
South of South Bimini Island, the snorkeling at Turtle Rocks is well known for three low rock formations providing habitat to diverse marine life. The Turtle Rocks are a boat-accessed dive site with waters from shallow down to 35 feet. The Turtle Rocks are named for the three, partially exposed rocks formations known as North Turtle Rock, Middle Turtle Rock and South Turtle Rock. They provide habitat for star coral, grunts, nurse sharks, glassy sweepers, barracuda, snapper and southern stingrays along with the occasional namesake turtle. The average water depth is about 35 feet. The Turtle Rocks are located 2.2 miles due south of Port Royal on South Bimini Island, which is about a 25 minute boat ride from Alice Town. Some of the better snorkeling is off Middle Turtle Rock where the mooring is between two huge star coral formations. After a hot day of snorkeling at Turtle Rocks, try checking out The Compleat Angler for a cool drink.
To reach the snorkeling at Bimini Islands, most travelers will fly commercial airlines into Nassau on New Providence or fly into Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. There are regular flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, into Bimini Island on Silver Airways (a United Airlines partner). 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). While there is a small primative airstrip on the desolate South Bimini Island, most visitors arrive via sea plane to North Bimini Island near Alice Town (Chalk's Seaplane Terminal). Occasionally, there are flights on United/Silver Airways from Ft Lauderdale, Florida, into the Bimini Islands.
Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Turtle Rocks off Bimini Islands, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F). Also, you may encounter hammerhead sharks that frequent North Bimini Island from January to March.
Overall, Turtle Rocks is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 9 snorkeling dives in Bimini Islands.