North of Great Bahama and offshore of Gregory Town, the snorkeling at Oleander Reef off Eleuthera is a popular dive site. This is a beach accessed reef with diverse marine life including colorful tangs, parrotfish, angelfish, yellowtail and grunts among the elkhorn, star and brain coral formations.
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. The Oleander Bay snorkeling dive site is located only about 0.25 miles south-southwest of Gregory Town.
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 Oleander Reef off Eleuthera Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Oleander Reef is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 7 snorkeling dives in Eleuthera Islands.