In the northwest end of Exuma Cays in the Exuma Cays Land Sea Park, the snorkeling in Cambridge Cay has a half dozen dive spots. Also known as Little Bell Island, the snorkeling is better for advanced snorkelers since there is usually a strong tidal current. The best time of day to snorkel is at slack tide, but it is best to exercise caution when diving around here.
Of the half dozen snorkel spots, the first is Sea Aquarium located off the north west tip of O’Briens Cay, and offers plentiful and diverse reef fish. Second, the Pasture Cay spot Is located to the northwest of O’Briens Cay and to the north of Pasture Cay where there is a light plane wreck near a triangle reef in 25 foot deep water. Third, between O’Briens Cay and Pasture Cay near the mooring field, the Mollys snorkel spot has a shallow coral reef that is good for kids. Forth, off the west coast of Cabridge Cay, the Cairn Gardens spot is another shallow zone of soft corals. Fifth, the Coral Garden is located off the south tip of Cambridge Cay at Honeymoon Beach and has abundant reef fish among hard and soft corals. And, sixth, the Tom’s Elkhorn Reef off the southeastern tip is the best elkhorn reef in the area with plentiful reef fish.
The Cambridge Cay mooring field is located on the northwest side of the island. It has 16 buoys designed to accommodate vessels up to 65 feet in length with a 6 foot 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, Cambridge Cay is the 20th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Exuma Cays.