Best Southwest Reef Snorkeling

The 5th most popular snorkel dive spot in New Providence Island.

  New Providence Island, Bahamas


  March 8, 2017

Southwest of Nassau in the Bahamas, the snorkeling at Southwest Reef off New Providence Island has massive elkhorn coral and staghorn coral formations. Within a Marine Protected Area, it is considered a great snorkeling dive spot. The waters are 5 to 30 feet deep and are known for their biodiversity. The water clarity can be up to 80 feet. You may observe wrecks, southern stingrays, snapper, fairy basslets, angelfish, chromis, grunts, sharks and abundant grouper among the hard corals, soft corals, fire coral and sea fans. Each fringe finger of the reef formation has its own ecosystem, so it is worth multiple visits to explore them all.

The Southwest Reef is a boat-accessed snorkeling site located roughly 6nm south offshore of Coral Harbour.

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).

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

Overall, Southwest Reef is the 5th 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

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Comfort Suites Paradise Island

GPS:  24.890742, -77.520964

Date Published:  1/4/2012

Date Updated:  3/8/2017

ID:  24180

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