Mermaid Reef Snorkeling

The 6th most popular snorkel dive spot in Abacos Islands.

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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.


Local Contact(s):  Bahamas Tourism (242) 322-7500; Dive Abaco, Marsh Harbor (247) 367-2787; Brendals Dive Center (242) 365-4411.

Recommended Book:  "Bahamas Complete Snorkeling Guide" from Lawson Wood

Recommended Map:  "Abaco Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  Abaco Inn, Hopetown; Conch Inn Resort; Lofty Fig Villas

Luxury Loding:  Abaco Beach Resort, Marsh Harbor; Treasure Cay Beach Resort; Green Turtle Club Resort

Breakfast Restaurant:  Anglers Restaurant, Marsh Harbour

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Article Source:   Best Mermaid Reef Snorkeling Review

GPS:  26.553251968, -77.0559139252

Date Published:  3/4/2012

Date Updated:  11/18/2016

ID:  24250

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