Snorkeling Bahamas - Walker's Cay & West End, Grand Bahama
by Susan Barker
(Delray Beach, FL)
Walker's Cay, Bahamas
Elkhorn Coral, Walker's
Coral Formation, Walker's
Last September my husband and I went snorkeling in the northern Bahamas at Walker's Cay and West End, Grand Bahama. We sailed over in our 38' boat and spent several days in each location taking pictures and videos with our Intova and Liquid Image snorkeling masks.
Walker's Cay has some of the most beautiful reefs we have seen with an incredible amount of soft coral covering almost every inch of the giant coral formations which rise up 20 to 30' from the sandy ocean floor to within 5' of the surface. Walker's used to have a world famous resort but it was decimated about 7 years ago by a series of hurricanes and has not been rebuilt. Now the only way to see the reefs is either to fly to Grand Bahama, find a way to Grand Cays and hire a boat or go there with your own boat.
We also found some incredible snorkeling just off West End, Grand Bahama which most people (even boaters) are unaware of.
We hope to sail back to the Bahamas, back to the Abacos in spring and take lots of snorkeling pics and videos this time.
We have been snorkeling for over 40 years and we have recently visited and extensively snorkeled Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire (thank you for writing the guide, Galen and Nicole), St. Thomas, Akumal and other spots in the Mexican Riviera.
Here is a video of snorkeling Walker's Cay, Bahamas:
Here is a video of snorkeling West End, Grand Bahama.
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