Devils Backbone Reef Snorkeling

The 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot in Eleuthera Islands.

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Northeast of Nassau on the north point of Eleuthera Island, the snorkeling at Devils Backbone Reef off Eleuthera is known for numerous wrecks. At this boat accessed dive site, the water depth ranges from 5 to 30 feet deep and there are coral heads that come to the surface. During a Devils Backbone Reef snorkeling dive, you may encounter snapper, parrotfish, grunts, angelfish, stingrays and moray eels among the elkhorn, star and brain coral formations. The Devils Backbone Reef is located about 1.4 miles northeast of Spanish Wells Island.

The island of Eleuthera is a 100 mile long Bahamas Out island that is generally undeveloped. A great base for exploring the snorkelling off Eleuthera is Harbour Island off the northshore.

To reach the snorkeling at Eleuthera Island, 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). The long Eleuthera Island has three airports, including the North Eleuthera Airport, the mid-island Governors Harbor Airport, and the southern Rock Sound Airport. There are regular flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, into Governors Harbor Airport, and flights from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando into North Eleuthera Airport on Silver Airways (a United Airlines partner).

Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Devils Backbone Wrecks off Eleuthera Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).

Overall, Devils Backbone Reef is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 7 snorkeling dives in Eleuthera Islands.


Local Contact(s):  Bahamas Tourism (242) 322-7500; Valentines Dive Center, Harbour Island (242)-333-2080; Fishbone Tours (242) 332-6524.

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

Recommended Map:  "Eleuthera Island Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Surfer's Haven Guesthouse, Gregory Town

Luxury Loding:  Valentines Resort, Harbour Island; The Cove, Gregory Town

Article Source:   Best Devils Backbone Reef Snorkeling Review

GPS:  25.567259, -76.6959

Date Published:  12/26/2011

Date Updated:  8/17/2016

ID:  24204

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