Off the west side of Long Island in the Bahamas, the snorkeling at Coral Gardens off Long Island offers a chance to encounter hawksbill sea turtles amongst the spectacular caves, overhangs and valleys. During Coral Gardens snorkeling, you may observe barracuda, grouper, trumpetfish, angelfish, green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles. The water depths range from 5 feet to 20 feet deep.
The Coral Gardens snorkeling dive site is located about 0.75 miles from the Stella Maris Resort on the Atlantic Coast. Look for the sign on Ocean View Drive. There is a rocky shore access point down into five feet of water. The main reef is located about 60 feet offshore. This dive site is best when the winds and surf are both calm.
To reach the snorkeling at Long 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). When flying into Long Island, the main airfield is Deadmans Cay Airport.
Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Coral Gardens off Long Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Coral Gardens is the 5th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in Long Island.