Southeast of Eleuthera and north of Long Island, the snorkeling at Greenwood Beach Reef on Cat Island offers numerous vibrant coral heads. This shore-accessed snorkeling site has waters from 5 to 30 feet deep. While the main coral heads appear to be dead, there is fresh surface coral growth of fire coral and elkhorn coral. During Greenwood Reef snorkeling, you may encounter wrasse, butterflyfish, grey angelfish, and if you look closely in the turtle grass flats, possible sea horses.
The Greenwood Beach Reef is located west of Greenwood Resort and north of Columbus Point.
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 Greenwood Beach off Cat Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Greenwood Reef is the 8th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 8 snorkeling dives in Cat Island.