Pillar Castle Snorkeling

The 9th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Bahama Island.

South of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, the snorkeling at Pillar Castle is known for 2 big pillar coral formations. The two large pillar coral structures are located on either side of the mooring buoy in twenty foot deep water. This boat or shore accessed dive site has some surf but little currents. During Pillar Castle snorkeling, you may encounter grunts, snapper and moray eels.

A good place for an apres snorkeling drink is at Smith Point on Taino Beach.

To reach the snorkeling at Grand Bahama Island, most travelers will fly commercial airlines into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. There are regular flights from Florida (Orlando, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale) directly into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) in Freeport on Silver Airways (a United Airlines partner). Alternately, there is a high-speed ferry from Ft Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island known as the Balearia Bahamas Express (3 hours) that runs six days a week. It departs from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and heads to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.

Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Pillar Castle off Grand Bahama Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F). Overall, the snorkeling on Grand Bahama Island is very popular due to the clear waters.

Overall, Pillar Castle is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Grand Bahama Island.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  Bahamas Tourism (242) 322-7500; Grand Bahamas Scuba (242) 373-9791; Reef Tours (242) 373-5880; Fantasia Tours (242) 373-8681 Lucaya Watersports (242) 727-0968; Paradise Watersports (242) 373-4001

Recommended Book:  "Bahamas Complete Snorkeling Guide" from Lawson Wood

Recommended Map:  "Bahamas Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Paradise Cove Beach Resort (242) 349-2677

Luxury Loding:  Old Bahama Bay Resort, Grand Bahama

Breakfast Restaurant:  Better To Serve You Cafe, Freeport

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/25/2016

ID:  24814

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