Gold Rock Snorkeling
The 7th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Bahama Island.
Tuesday 16 August 2016 06:42 GMT
East of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, the snorkeling at Gold Rock off Grand Bahama Island is known for great coral beds. This boat-accessed snorkeling destination has a spur and groove reef formation. During a dive, you may encounter squirrelfish, blue chromis, stingrays, starfish, tilefish and butterflyfish among sea whips, sea plumes, sea fans and lettuce coral.
The Gold Rock snorkeling dive site is located east of Freeport near the middle of Grand Bahama Island. The best time of day for Gold Rock snorkeling is at low tide.
A good place for an apres snorkeling drink is at Smith Point on Taino Beach. It is located at the easternmost mooring buoy.
To reach the snorkeling at Grand Bahama Island, most travelers will fly commercial airlines into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. There are regular flights from Florida (Orlando, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale) directly into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) in Freeport on Silver Airways (a United Airlines partner). Alternately, there is a high-speed ferry from Ft Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island known as the Balearia Bahamas Express (3 hours) that runs six days a week. It departs from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and heads to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.
Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Gold Rock off Grand Bahama Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F). If you happen to be snorkeling at Tiger Beach, keep in mind that it is called that since the area is known for its tiger shark population. Overall, the snorkeling on Grand Bahama Island is very popular due to the clear waters.
Overall, Gold Rock is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Grand Bahama Island.