Southeast of Eleuthera and north of Long Island, the snorkeling at Bains Town on Cat Island is known for its stands of elkhorn corals and brain corals. The numerous sea fans provide habitat to juvenile reef fish.
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 Bains Town off Cat Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Bains Town is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 8 snorkeling dives in Cat Island.