West End Bay Snorkeling

The 4th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Bahama Island.

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Northwest of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, the snorkeling at West End Bay offers sand flats with plenty of small reef fish to observe. While the West End had been known for numerous underwater snorkel trails in the past, current reports indicate that the West End snorkel trails are not longer maintained by the local resort. The snorkel trails were known to be accessible from the beach and pass through healthy coral formations and wrecks.

Beyond those snorkel trails, another good local snorkel site is Memory Rock. There you can explore the star coral, but it should only be attempted when the wind and surf are calm.

A good place for an apres snorkeling drink is at The Red Bar at Paradise Cove. Alternately, you could check out Smith Point on Taino Beach.

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 West End 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, West End Bay is the 4th 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 West End Bay Snorkeling Review https://www.snorkelingdives.com/?id=24174

GPS:  26.700388, -78.987439

Date Published:  1/3/2012

Date Updated:  8/15/2016

ID:  24174

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