A pair of fins, a snorkel and a mask is all that stands between you and the jewels that lie beneath the Bahamian sea.
During my first snorkeling experience I encountered a stingray and I was absolutely delighted. It was quite small so I didn’t feel any fear when it brushed by my right leg.
When I ventured further out, I spotted a shark swimming about 15 feet away from me. I did not feel the same sense of calm that I experienced upon seeing the stingray. Having watched Jaws many years ago, a tinge of fear churned in my belly. However, my nerves settled once I realized that it wasn’t a shark at all. It was a medium sized fish that eventually swam lazily by.
I made a mental note to wear my contacts on my next excursion.
After a few seconds I started fluttering my legs again and continued to explore.
It isn’t hard to see why so many divers describe the underwater world of The Bahamas as a snorkeler’s paradise.
Abound with reefs, underwater caves, and colorful fish, the Bahamian sea is a gift that keeps on giving.
There’s no shortage of exciting things to see whether it’s a shark, a dolphin, a star fish, a stingray, the elusive lionfish or any of the hundreds of species of marine life that call the Bahamian waters their home.
There are also several sunken pirate ships in various parts of The Bahamas and some islanders claim that there are chests full of treasure buried somewhere beneath the sand.
I haven’t discovered any yet though.
Then again, I’m more interested in the coral reefs. They come in different shades and are quite spectacular. The bright orange ones are the fire coral. If you touch it you may feel a burning sensation, hence the name.
As an added plus, The Bahamas is home to the deepest blue hole (Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island), the world’s third largest reef (Andros Barrier Reef) and some of the most diverse species of fish.
If you’re not sure where to go to snorkel, there are loads of snorkeling tours in The Bahamas. Or if you prefer to venture out on your own, all you need is a pair of goggles, fins, a snorkel and someone to point you in the right direction.