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Dark Angel, our 39’ Fortuna Island Spirit 401 catamaran, doesn’t have as much room for expensive dive gear as some bigger boats, and our wallets match. We may not have expensive SCUBA gear, but we have snorkels and fins, and we use them. A lot.
By Lisa Kerr & Dave Gagnon (Sailing Dark Angel)
We especially like to go to the places most tourists overlook. Some of our favorite places, including Bimini, Conception Island, and the Exumas island chain in the Bahamas, have beautiful snorkeling areas that are teeming with underwater life and beauty.
If you’re looking for rays, sharks, turtles, parrotfish, lionfish, angelfish, stunning coral, or even man-made attractions, there are some amazing places to snorkel in the Exumas. In Pipe Creek, surrounded by Compass Cay, Thomas Cay, and even the aptly named Over Yonder Cay, there are coral gardens that defy expectations.
If you idly pass by Compass Cay, or just dip into the marina to visit the famous nurse sharks without stopping to snorkel Pipe Creek, you’re missing out on a spectacular array of coral, curious nurse sharks, toothy, big-eyed barracuda, shy turtles, and more fish than you can count.
This breathtaking area is a wash with beautiful beaches, sandy shoals, and even an Isolated swing set on a sand bar. We especially love the fan and brain coral that is in abundance throughout. Be careful diving here, though. The current can rip pretty hard through some of the cuts out to the Bahamas Sound! Slack tide is your friend.
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