Best Warderwick Wells Cay Snorkeling

The 19th most popular snorkel dive spot in Exuma Cays.


  January 10, 2017

In the northwest end of Exuma Cays in the Exuma Cays Land Sea Park, the snorkeling in Warderwick Wells Cay offers coral heads with diverse reef fish. There are four main snorkel spots around Warderwick Wells Caye. First, the Emerald Rock is located off the west coast of the caye in the main mooring zone and is surrounded by coral heads in usually calm waters. Second, the Malabar Cays are also located off the southwest coast of the caye amongst moorings and the reefs are habitat to plentify marine life with calm water. Third, the Pieces Of Eight Reef is off the southeast tip and to the south of Pirates Liar Beach within the southern mooring zone where snorkelers find coral heads known for a modest tidal current flow. Forth, the Warderwick Wells Sound area off the northeast tip has several reefs worth snorkeling at slack tide in calm seas.

At Waderwick Wells, there are three mooring fields.The northern mooring field has 20 buoys and is the main protected mooring site on Waderwick Wells. The Emerald Rock mooring field is located on the west side just south of the park visitor center. It has 26 buoys. The Hog Cay Mooring Field is on the southwest end of the island and has six buoys. It is a former pirate hangout.

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, Warderwick Wells Cay is the 19th 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

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GPS:  24.373715, -76.620741

Date Published:  11/14/2016

Date Updated:  1/10/2017

ID:  25053

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