At the northern end of the Abacos, the snorkeling at Pirates Cathedral is popular for its clear waters. There are several natural caverns and arches that some advanced snorkelers will swim through. During a Pirates Cathedral snorkeling dive, you may encounter French Angelfish and Grouper. This boat-accessed dive site is located northeast of Walkers Cay and northwest of Tom Brown Cay. It is a 15 minute boat ride from Walkers Cay marina. It is known for open water surf conditions in 25 foot deep water.
To reach the snorkeling at Pirates Cathedral, 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. AThere 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 Pirates Cathedral off the Abacos Islands, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Pirates Cathedral is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 17 snorkeling dives in Abacos Islands.