Southwest of Nassau in the Bahamas, the Goat Cay off Andros Island offers plentiful reef fish in the sand flats with dispersed coral heads. While snorkeling Goat Cay, keep an eye out for turtles amongst the grass which is filled with sand dollars.
Goat Cay Beach is located 1.8 miles north of Andros Town near Small Hope Bay Lodge.
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.
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 Goat Cay off Andros Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Goat Cay is the 5th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Andros Island.