Northeast of Marsh Harbor off Great Abaco Island, the snorkeling at Sandy Cay Reef offers some of the most scenic and healthy coral in the Bahamas. This is a must-do snorkeling dive and many consider it to be the best in the Abacos. This is a boat-accessed snorkeling dive in 5 to 30 feet of water. The reef does break the water surface at the island waterline. While snorkeling Sandy Caye Reef, you may encounter damselfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, peacock flounder, yellow stingrays, spotted eagle rays, loggerhead turtles, green sea turtles, and southern stingrays among the extensive elkhorn coral formations.
The Sandy Cay Reef is located 4.5 miles northwest of Hopetown, and to the northeast of Marsh Harbor and south west of Man-O-War Cay. The best snorkeling is off the southeast shore of the small Sandy Cay. It is within the Pelican Cays Land And Sea Park.
To reach the snorkeling at Abaco Islands, most travelers will fly commercial airlines into Nassau on New Providence or fly into Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. 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). For a flight into the Abacos Islands, the main airfield is located in Marsh Harbor on Great Abaco Island. Note: If you are coming from Miami, there may even be a direct flight to Abacos Island Marsh Harbour Airport (MHH) on the weekends. There are regular flights from Florida (Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville) into Marsh Harbor Airport (MHH) on Silver Airways (a United Airlines partner).
Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Sandy Caye off Abaco Islands, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Sandy Cay Reef is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 17 snorkeling dives in Abacos Islands.