North of Marsh Harbour off Great Abaco, the snorkeling at Mermaid Reef off the Abacos Islands is renowned for its clear waters. It is a very popular snorkel spot with local divers. While snorkeling Mermaid Reef, you may encounter butterflyfish, green moray eels, barracuda, yellowtail, trumpetfish, and occasional sea turtles. Keep an eye out for the large green moray eels and also large schools of snapper. The dive site is located about 0.75 miles north-northwest of the middle of Marsh Harbour. There are established mooring buoys and a floating sign to mark the reef.
To reach the snorkeling at Mermaid Reef, 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). Note: If you are coming from Miami, there may even be a direct flight to Abacos Island Marsh Harbour Airport (MHH) on the weekends. There are regular flights from Florida (Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville) into Marsh Harbor Airport (MHH) on Silver Airways (a United Airlines partner).
Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Mermaid Reef off the Abacos Islands, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Mermaid Reef is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 17 snorkeling dives in Abacos Islands.