Southeast of Eleuthera and north of Long Island, the snorkeling at Port Howe on Cat Island is very popular for its sponges and gorgonians.
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 Port Howe off Cat Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, Port Howe is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 8 snorkeling dives in Cat Island.