Best Dry Head Reef Snorkeling

The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in Cat Island.


  July 3, 2016

Southeast of Eleuthera and north of Long Island, the snorkeling at Dry Head Reef on Cat Island is considered some of the best in the Bahamas. The shallow reefs at Dry Heads are just above water at low tide and are known for its health and beauty. It has numerous coral heads in the sand flats, which are popular with sting rays. There are plenty of yellowtails, barracuda, nurse sharks and grunts amongst the soft and hard corals including lettuce coral, brain coral and star coral.

The Dry Heads snorkeling site is located south of Arthurs Town and just south of Alligator Point. It can be access from shore or by boat with waters from shallows up to 20 feet deep. It is 900 feet offshore. The best time to snorkel here is at high tide.

The Cat Island snorkeling offers exceptionally clear water due to the limestone coastline without sandy beaches. The waters have exceptional biodiversity where you can expect to see many large schools of reef fish.

If you happen to be snorkeling at Cat Island during April or May, you may encounter oceanic white-tipped reeef sharks that frequent the island waters at that time of year.

To reach the snorkeling off Cat 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 local airport for Cat Island is Arthur's Town Airport.

Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Dry Head off Cat Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).

Overall, Dry Head Reef is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 8 snorkeling dives in Cat Island.

Local Contacts:  Bahamas Tourism (242) 322-7500.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Hawks Nest Resort, Cat Island; Shannas Cove Resort, Cat Island

Luxury Loding:  Pigeon Cay Club, Cat Island (242) 354-5084; Fernandez Bay Village, Cat Island (954) 474-4821; Sammy T's Beach Resort (242) 354-6010.

GPS:  24.528228, -75.646309

Date Published:  3/4/2012

Date Updated:  7/3/2016

ID:  24351

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