Best Shroud Cay Snorkeling

The 14th most popular snorkel dive spot in Exuma Cays.


  January 11, 2017

In the northwest end of Exuma Cays in the Exuma Cays Land Sea Park, the snorkeling in Shroud Cay archipelago offers diverse marine life around the mangrove nursery. While snorkeling in Shroud Cay, you may encounter sea turtles, lobsters and conch.

There are three main snorkeling dive spots. First, the Angelfish Hideaways off the northwest coast in the main mooring zone has a variety of coral heads located off Driftwood Beach. Second, the Neptunes Oasis snorkel spot off the west coast has a coral reef that provides habitat to a wide variety of marine life. Third, the Shelter Shores snorkeling dive site is among the moorings on the west coast and has pretty coral heads.

At Shroud Cay, there is a mooring field located approximately 1 1/2 miles northeast of the northern tip of Elbow Cay.  A payment drop box, with envelopes, is located at the northern end of the beach at the north end of the mooring field. All moorings at Shroud Cay are on a first come, first served basis.   All the moorings are designed to accommodate vessels up to 65’ in length with a 6’ draft.

The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park consists of 18 tiny cays surrounded by coral reefs, of which there are 8 main cays that are better known. The region is protected by the government under the Bahamas National Trust and stretches 2.2 miles from Wax Cay Cut to Conch Cut. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park snorkeling is only accessible by boat, and snorkelers can use either Staniel Cay Yacht Club or Sampson Cay as a base.

The Exuma Cays island chain is 130 miles long and consists of 365 islands (or cays). Of the 365 cays, only 29 cays are inhabited. While snorkeling Exuma Cays, you may encounter turtles, sharks, stingrays, grouper, snapper, conch, green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles, and lobster. A great way to enjoy the snorkeling is via a live-aboard option. All of the best Exuma Cays snorkeling spots are accessible by snorkel boat tours. the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F).

To reach the snorkeling at Exuma Cays, 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 main airport at Exuma Cays is the Exuma International Airport (GCT). Note, it is sometimes possible to fly commercial air from southern Florida into Great Exuma Cay, such as the United/Silver Airways flights from Ft Lauderdale to Georgetown. The capital city of Georgetown makes a good base.

Overall, Shroud Cay is the 14th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Exuma Cays.

Local Contacts:  Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (242) 336-2430; Bahamas Tourism (242) 322-7500; Dive Exuma (242) 336-2893.

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  Coconut Cove Hotel; Peace And Plenty Beach Inn

Luxury Loding:  Grand Isle Resort (241) 393-2841; Staniel Cay Yacht Club (242) 355-2024; Turquoise Cay

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  24.559774, -76.791819

Date Published:  11/14/2016

Date Updated:  1/11/2017

ID:  25051

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