Southwest of Nassau in the Bahamas, the Red Shoal off Andros Island offers good snorkeling. The Red Shoal is known for its dense elkhorn coral. While snorkeling Red Shoal, you may encounter large schools of grunts swimming through the coral forest.
The snorkeling off Andros Island is known for its deep blue holes. The blue holes off the coast are in about 20 feet of water and the rim around each is covered with coral gardens. These coral gardens attract reef sharks, stingrays, jacks and barracudas.
The Red Shoal snorkeling dive site is located about 11 miles northwest of Andros Town on North Andros Island. A good base for snorkeling on Andros Island is Small Hope Bay Lodge located north of Andros Town on the east coast. Just off the coast of Small Hope Bay Lodge is Trumpet Reef which has angelfish and trumpet fish in 2 to 15 feet of water.
To reach the snorkeling at Andros 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).
Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Red Shoal off Andros Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Red Shoal is the 10th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Andros Island.