Gold Rock Snorkeling

The 7th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Bahama Island.

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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.


Local Contact(s):  Bahamas Tourism (242) 322-7500; Grand Bahamas Scuba (242) 373-9791; Reef Tours (242) 373-5880; Fantasia Tours (242) 373-8681 Lucaya Watersports (242) 727-0968; Paradise Watersports (242) 373-4001

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

Recommended Map:  "Bahamas Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Paradise Cove Beach Resort (242) 349-2677

Luxury Loding:  Old Bahama Bay Resort, Grand Bahama

Breakfast Restaurant:  Better To Serve You Cafe, Freeport

Article Source:   Best Gold Rock Snorkeling Review

GPS:  26.581235, -78.457446

Date Published:  1/2/2012

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  24173

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