Best Exuma Cays Snorkeling Dive Spots

Exuma Cays has 20 snorkel dives.

Located in Bahamas, the snorkeling in Exuma Cays offers over fifteen scenic snorkel dive spots. The best Exuma Cays snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be Exuma Cays Land Sea Park, Stocking Island, Harbor Buoys, Fowl Cay Reef, and Duck Cay. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a Exuma Cays snorkeling dive below.

Featured SNORKELING SPOTS

Exuma Cays Land Sea Park

Southeast of Nassau at the northwest end of Exuma Cays, the snorkeling at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is an amazing experience filled with dense marine life among the staghorn and elkhorn coral forests. The region is protected by the government under the Bahamas National Trust. It is known for its high water clarity with visibility up to 100 feet.  MORE INFO

Stocking Island

Southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas, the snorkeling off Stocking Island is well known for its ring of undersea caves and the coral gardens. Stocking Island is a thin, long barrier island off George Town on Great Exuma Island.  MORE INFO

Harbor Buoys

Southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas, the snorkeling at Harbor Buoys off Exuma Cays is very popular for active marine life. There are two Harbor Buoys known as Harbor Buoy Starboard and Harbor Buoy Portside. The Harbor Buoy Starboard is marked by an old ships mast at the northernmost end of the reef where you'll find plenty of brain coral.  MORE INFO

Duck Cay

North of Georgetown off the east coast of Great Exuma, the snorkeling at Duck Cay offer unique reef structures on all sides of the island. The Duck Cay area is dived into quadrants. The Duck Cay North area has a unique reef structure that provides habitat to small reef fish and large schools of snapper. The Duck Cay South area has a staggered reef structure with lots of marine life and plants, including plentiful sea fans, in the 20 foot deep waters.  MORE INFO

Wax Cay Cut

Southeast of Nassau and northwest of Great Exuma Island, the snorkeling at Wax Cay Cut is considered to be the best in the Exuma Cays. During Wax Cay Cut snorkeling, you may encounter turtles and reef fish among the large healthy coral reef.  MORE INFO

Fowl Cay Reef

East of George Town off the east coast of Great Exuma Island, the snorkeling at Fowl Cay Reef is known for very healthy coral and usually calm waters. This popular snorkeling destination has a small, protected reef system with plenty of small marine life to observe among the sea fans and fire coral.   MORE INFO

Stingray Reef

North of Georgetown off the east coast of Great Exuma, the snorkeling at Stingray Reef offers views of an old spur-and-groove reef with large brain coral heads in the sand flats. This boat-accessed dive is in 25 foot deep waters known for moderate surf. There are plenty of sea fans and sea plumes. It is located to the northeast of Conch Cay.  MORE INFO

Conch Cay

Southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas, the snorkeling at Conch Cay off Great Exuma is very popular. The water depth at Conch Cay ranges from 5 feet to 20 feet deep. It is located at the north end of Great Exuma. There are large green sea turtles, stingrays and reef sharks.  MORE INFO

Guana Reef

Southeast of Georgetown off the east coast of Great Exuma, the snorkeling at Guana Reef is known for its stingrays cruising among the patch coral and coral heads in sand flats. This boat-accessed snorkeling dive is in 15 foot deep waters.  MORE INFO

Thunderball Groto

On the northwest end of Exuma Cays and southwest of Staniel Cay, the snorkeling at Thunderball Groto is known for coral heads in sand flats. You may encounter angelfish, parrotfish, grouper, octopus, sergeant majors, queen angelfish, jacks and stingrays.  MORE INFO

Travel Tips

To reach Exuma Cays by air, 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.