Water Sports In The Bahamas

One thing we have plenty of is crystal-blue water. And, yes, it feels just as amazing as it looks. Averaging 80°F year-round, it’s perfect for any type of water sport. Whether it’s kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing, kiteboarding, snorkeling, parasailing or even swimming excursions with wild dolphins, you’ll find it in The Bahamas.

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Things To Know
Average Water Temps

Average Water Temps

The temperature of our crystal-blue water averages an amazing 80°F year-round. Which means it’s perfect for all kinds of beach activities and water sports.

View a full year-round water temp chart here.

Regulations

Regulations

As with any activity, safety is our number one priority. Any water sport you participate in will come with a set of rules and regulations in order to make the sport fun and safe. Individual water sports operators will be able to give you a rundown of the rules for any activity you decide to explore.

What To Wear

What To Wear

Because a majority of the water sports you’ll play in The Bahamas are outside, sunscreen is a must. We average seven hours of sunny weather per day. T-shirts, bathing suits and wet suits are also recommended. Any water sports operator will be able to provide you with any additional gear required to participate.

What To Wear

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Water Sports

The Exumas

The Exumas are one of the prettiest settings for snorkeling in the entire Bahamas. Notable sites include Loaded Barrel Reef, with large sea beds of staghorn corals; Liz Lee Shoals, a shallow reef with plenty of brain corals and a variety of soft corals; Duck Cay South, a tiered reef with a kaleidoscope of colorful sea plant life; and Three Sisters, three shallow reefs teeming with small schools of fish.

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Acklins & Crooked Island

Acklins & Crooked Island offers a variety of unique adventures on the water. You can snorkel right off the beach near your hotel at nearby coral reefs—the shallow turquoise water makes it easy and exciting for children to learn. Other interesting locales for snorkeling include the battleship wreck off Long Cay, while picnicking at beaches on outlying cays, and when spelunking in sea caves beneath the limestone cliffs. To get up close with nature, go kayaking through the creeks and mangroves. A few companies offer pre-arranged adventures on the water with rental equipment.

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Andros

The crisscross cuts and channels that split Andros into sections form a kaleidoscope of water activities that never ceases to astonish. Escorted kayak tours are a wonderful introduction to the island’s ecosystems, or you can choose to go off on your own. Routes are along the white-sand beaches, where you can explore the mangroves and stop at uninhabited cays.

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Bimini

Anything and everything that can be done on water can be done in and around Bimini’s gin-clear and blue-hued waters. Bimini has remarkably diverse reefs with domes of brain corals and acres of sea fans. They are home to every kind of sea life imaginable, including a fascinating variety of colorful and oddly shaped fish. You can snorkel in shallow lagoons and over reefs, kayak in the creeks, flats, ponds and the ocean, go kite-boarding and paddleboarding, ride a water trampoline or Hobie Cats, and have a unique adventure where you can view, swim and interact with wild Atlantic spotted dolphins in their own environment. Guided tours are available, or you can get some useful tips from experienced guides before venturing out to explore on your own. Rental gear is also available.

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Cat Island

Many visitors find that kayaks are an easy way to maneuver around the coral and get to the best offshore spots for snorkeling. You'll find several varieties of sea turtles, huge lobsters and an influx of grouper mixed with colorful reef fish. Snorkeling is good right off the beach at most of the resorts and also in a shallow lagoon at Fountain Bay Beach, where you can snorkel in reefs close to shore.

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Eleuthera & Harbour Island

On Eleuthera & Harbour Island, water activities include jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, snorkeling explorations of shipwrecks just off shore and surfing.

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Grand Bahama Island

With water temperatures averaging about 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, water sports are naturally a popular vacation activity. Throw on a swimsuit. Grab a towel. And get started.

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Inagua

Inagua has pristine coral reefs with an abundance of sea life, and wherever you go, you and your friends will likely be the only ones on the reef. It's no wonder then that the main sporting activity on the water, apart from fishing, is snorkeling. You can snorkel just a few yards offshore or take a half-day snorkeling excursion to explore the water wonders in offshore reefs. You will see a variety of fish, turtles and other sea life in the maze of corals. Snorkeling equipment is usually provided. Another option is to rent a kayak and explore the deserted coastline on your own, or take a kayak tour. Banana boats are available upon request.

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Long Island

The primary water sports activity in Long Island is snorkeling and the island is even more amazing below the surface. The waters off each side offer a distinctively different experience. The rugged Atlantic coast features corals appropriate to the varying conditions; the Caribbean side, waving soft corals. On both sides look for varieties of brightly colored reef fish, spotted rays, hawksbill sea turtles and other bottom dwellers. Snorkeling tours are available to many interesting sites—Eagle Ray Reef, Flamingo Tongue Reef, Poseidon Point, Rainbow Reef, Turtle Cove and Watermelon Beach. The fee includes use of snorkel gear during the trip. Most of the guest houses and hotels offer kayaks to guests and you can even use them for free with the price of lunch at a restaurant. You will have the best experience on the Caribbean side of the island because the Atlantic side has a lot of reefs and rough waters.

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Mayaguana

Mayaguana has some of the most beautiful, unspoiled coral reefs in The Bahamas. Visitors often express their amazement at the variety of fish they encounter, often camouflaged in the coral. The reefs and bays on either side of the island provide incredible snorkeling, regardless of wind direction. Northwest Point has great snorkeling off the beach and Pirate's Well Beach in some areas. You are likely to see coral heads, sand dollars and starfish, and a variety of other local species. Curtis Creek at North Beach is a natural aquarium for fish and a habitat for green turtles which are just as fascinating viewed from a canoe or boating tour.

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Nassau & Paradise Island

Unique activities include banana boat rides and an all-inclusive water-sports cruise. Snorkeling gear, river tube floats, Hobie cats, canoeing and kayaks are available for rent. You can also go kite-boarding, para-sailing and water-skiing.

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Ragged Island

Ragged Island has beautiful coral reefs and shallow areas where you can snorkel close to shore. Reefs are home to a variety of sea life, including numerous species of fish, and you can sometimes catch a glimpse of turtles. Kayaking is possible and snorkeling trips can be arranged with local fisherman to any of the cays, where you will have a private beach to yourself.

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Rum Cay

Surfing, kite surfing and stand-up paddle boarding (SUPing) are unique offerings here. Plus you can also kayak along the shoreline and snorkel just off the beach, in the Salt Pond or a large protected cove with shallow water at nearby Conception Island. You can see stingrays, wahoo, marlin, a multitude of tropical fish and maybe even some sharks! The bright colors of the tropical fish and the unusual species of aquatic life that you will discover will be a memory that will last a lifetime. Sumner Point Marina & Resort has a variety of water sports equipment for rent to indulge whatever passion you choose.

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San Salvador

Snorkel in waters just off the beach at your hotel, at any public beach or take a snorkeling tour to sites like the entrance to Pigeon Creek. In most places your group will be the only ones on the reef. You’ll see barracudas, coral clusters and the spotted eagle ray. Equipment—snorkel, mask, fins and life jacket—is available. Several companies offer boating tours that include beachcombing, games and picnicking, or you can create your own custom-made trip. There is the option to go kayaking on your own or with an escorted tour to the lakes, plus kite-boarding and waterskiing in a breathtaking setting. Surfing is ideal during the fall and winter months along the west coast. Awesome waves wrap flawlessly around the colorful coral reefs, breaking into crystal-blue warm waters.

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The Abacos

From “busy” Marsh Harbour to elegant Green Turtle Cay to the exclusive private island of Walker’s Cay, you will see wondrous sights and have encounters with many friendly fish while snorkeling below the many cays. Of note are Angelfish Reef, where angelfish swarm around the reef in less than 20 feet of water; Elkhorn Park, with huge acres of Elkhorn coral rise and many octopuses; Sanka Shoal, with lots of puffer fish that blow up like spiked basketballs and Pelican Park, where sea turtles call home. You can also rent kayaks, Hobie cats, banana boats and jet skis for sports that are actually on the water.

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The Berry Islands

The 30 cays of The Berry Islands are an endless source of one-of-a-kind water experiences. You can snorkel off quiet beaches and private coves, take excursions to see manatees and the Blue Hole, or participate in energy-charged activities. Rent jet skis or wave-runners in Great Harbour Cay; launch a kayak from Shark Creek Beach to explore through the creeks; jet ski and snorkel at Chub Cay Resort; and Little Whale Cay offers waterskiing, laser sailing boats/dinghies and ocean kayaks to visit other cays.

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