With warm, crystal-clear water and the third largest barrier reef in the world, the Abacos have some of the most exciting SCUBA diving and snorkeling areas in the Caribbean.
The reef runs 100 miles from the top of Abaco at Walker’s Cay to south of Elbow Cay. With 150 foot visibility, you’ll see coral caverns, shipwrecks, drop-offs, blue holes, wild dolphins and an abundance of marine life. Some of the most colorful shallow water diving in the Caribbean is at Sandy Cay, Fowl Cay and Pelican Cay National Park, underwater preserves protected by the Bahamian government. Dozens of shipwrecks lie off Abaco. The remains of the USS Adirondack, a 207 foot Union warship, lies in 30 feet of clear, blue water near No Name Cay. The San Jacinto, the first US built steamship, is in 40 feet of water near Green Turtle Cay.
Shore diving is abundant from most of the Cays. Coral heads are as close as a foot below the surface and five yards from the beach. From Green Turtle, the best beach diving is from the eastern side, especially on the northern end of the Cay.
Brendal’s Dive Center, www.brendal.com, provides SCUBA instruction and certification, day trips and dolphin encounters.