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Bahamas snorklers

Healthy coral reefs give Bahamas snorklers cause to smile.
Photograph by Macduff Everton

Bahamas Snorkeling

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Far, far from casinos and cruise ships, an inquisitive guest in the Out Islands of the Bahamas learns that you need more than a snorkel or scuba gear to see underwater—to really see. The right guide, if aided by some Cousteau-style training, will transform your coral-reef visit from shallow entertainment into a deep adventure of discovery.

A coral garden

A coral garden on Love Hill Reef entrances a submarine visitor.
Photograph by Macduff Everton

You’ll learn what casual snorkelers miss out on: How to find elusive reef creatures. Why touching coral can kill it. What parrot fish have to do with that marvelous, white Bahamian beach sand you like to walk on. (Hint: Some poop doesn’t pollute, once a sea cucumber is done with it.) And why damaged reefs can raise your seafood bill and spoil your fishing.

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