Southeast of Eleuthera and north of Long Island, the snorkeling at The Cut on Cat Island is known for its elkhorn coral and staghorn coral formations. It is a shore-accessed snorkeling site just off limestone cliffs. It is known for a wide reef with a cut in the middle to allow snorkelers to swim out about 150 feet offshore to the good coral formations. The snorkeling at The Cut is best about two hours before high tide. The water deeps range from 15 to 25 feet deep. 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, nurse sharks and eagle rays. The Cut snorkeling dive site is located at the south end of Cat Island to the southwest of Port Howe.
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 The Cut off Cat Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).
Overall, The Cut is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 8 snorkeling dives in Cat Island.