Snorkeling Off The Grand Bahamas Island
By Emma Adams
Whether you are an avid swimmer or a novice, snorkeling is an easy way to enjoy the Caribbean water of the Grand Bahamas Island and see the awesome water life below you. Float or swim around the reef or off the shore there are plenty of ways to discover the hidden treasures below.
Snorkeling off the Grand Bahamas Island is everything you have heard it to be. The crystal clear blue water and the white sand as a back drop, you will enjoy the fantastic view of the underwater life.
Whether you prefer walking from your resorts beach into the water or go for ½ or full day excursion you will be glad you tried it. It is a wonderful way to spend time with the family and enjoy the Caribbean water.
Snorkeling is a wonderful water sport that requires minimal training and very little equipment so that even the novice can enjoy the sport the first time out. Many of the hotels and resorts offer snorkeling equipment for a minimal fee (for those who book an all-inclusive Bahamas vacation package the cost may be included); excursion tours offer participants the use of the equipment for the day or if you have your own equipment bring it.
To snorkel all you will need a bathing suit, water shoes, good sun screen, underwater camera and perhaps some water and snacks as not all excursions will provide food or beverages. If you are not a strong swimmer be sure to let your guide know, so that they can assist you throughout the dive. Life preservers may be mandatory for everyone. If you go on an excursion the crew will assist you in choosing the correct mask and fins to fit your face and feet.
If you would like a guided tour you should book an excursion which you can do through your hotel/resort concierge. Many of the tours will take you out beyond the shore to see live reefs and coral. You will hop aboard a catamaran out of Port Lucaya and take a boat ride out into the ocean. Most excursions last approximately 2 hours although you can choose a longer excursion. There are private boats for hire to if you head down to the dock and want to negotiate a special package and deal. Otherwise expect to pay around $30 per person and up; the cost for children may be a bit less (the cost includes equipment rental).
If you don't want to leave the hotel area then just walk off the shore into the water, although you may not see a reef you will see fish while enjoying the convenience of not having to leave the comfort of the hotel.
You and the entire family can view the ocean floor and coral that surrounds the Grand Bahamas Island at a leisurely pace. It is a great way to spend the day together and an exciting way to see colorful fish and other interesting underwater inhabitants.
Emma Adams provides advice and recommendations on vacation packages, cheap Bahamas vacations, all-inclusive vacation packages to all the Bahamas Islands, and travels extensively to the Bahamas learning about the resorts and things to do. http://www.gobahama.com offers the best travel deals to the Bahamas has a unique service of a personal travel consultant to help determine the best resort package available
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