South of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, the snorkeling at Blackbeards offers plenty of star coral, sea fans and sea plumes. The water depth averages 30 feet deep with 40 foot visibility. At this boat-accessed dive site, there are three mooring buoys.
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 Blackbeards 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, Blackbeards is the 10th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Grand Bahama Island.