Off the northwest side of North Bimini Island, the snorkeling at Hawksbill Reef is known for its scattered coral head formations in sand flats. The water depth is roughly 30 feet and the visibility is usually around 50 feet. During Hawksbill Reef snorkeling, you may encounter grunts, snapper, stingrays and nurse sharks. This boat accessed dive site is located north of Alice Town and southwest of Paradise Point, which is about a 25 minute boat ride from Alice Town. There are three mooring buoys. After a hot day of snorkeling at Hawksbill Reef, try checking out The Compleat Angler for a cool drink.
To reach the snorkeling at Bimini Islands, most travelers will fly commercial airlines into Nassau on New Providence or fly into Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. There are regular flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, into Bimini Island on Silver Airways (a United Airlines partner). 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). While there is a small primative airstrip on the desolate South Bimini Island, most visitors arrive via sea plane to North Bimini Island near Alice Town (Chalk's Seaplane Terminal). Occasionally, there are flights on United/Silver Airways from Ft Lauderdale, Florida, into the Bimini Islands.
Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Bimini Road off Bimini Islands, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F). Also, you may encounter hammerhead sharks that frequent North Bimini Island from January to March.
Overall, Hawksbill Reef is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 9 snorkeling dives in Bimini Islands.