Thunderball Grotto, Staniel Cay

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Swim into the depths of Thunderball Grotto and discover what attracted Hollywood to this spot (bringing James Bond here in 1965), lending the rock formation its name. This cavernous beauty adopts the features of an aquatic cathedral, a shimmering limestone dome roof full of naturally formed holes allow the sun to beam through and illuminate the crystal clear waters below. Snorkel through one of the many entrances and admire the coral and brightly colored tropical fish that share your surroundings. Its important to time your visit to coincide with the tides; if you’re an inexperienced snorkeler pick up a local guide to ensure safe passage. For Thunderball Grotto and beyond, use our Staniel Cay journey maker app to get the most from your Staniel Cay vacation.
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  • We were out there in the early afternoon. On the way out our guide asked us if we were good swimmers and if we could hold our breath for two seconds. Long story short, you had to hold your breath and ...  more »
  • We went with small children in the afternoon. Our guide was careful to take us there when the tide was almost out so we didn't get a super strong current. Gorgeous place. Great for novice and advanced...  more »
  • Thunderball Grotto was one of my favorite things in the Exumas! You have to go by boat and swim into it at low tide. Be sure to check the tides for the day and bring snorkel gear! There are so many be...  more »
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  • Amazing experience👍👍👍 It is full of colorful fishes and is almost like swimming in an aquarium. Be aware of the strong current: enter at low tide and enter from the right side.
  • Such a beautiful spot to swim! Don't be intimidated by the swim either, it's very easy to swim under and into the grotto. If anything, wait till low tide to not have to put much effort to swimming in. Also, don't jump in from the top, erosion could degrade the grotto over time. You're not able to spearfish here but you'll appreciate the very friendly fish. Such a fun time!
  • Go at low slack tide. Beautiful. Bring dry dog food in a zip lock bag, let it get soft. You will see hundreds of fish. I am cold natured and was comfortable in a full wet suit. We brought our GoPro and got great shots. When the tide starts to come back in the current is very strong.
  • The best experience. It is so beautiful that we nerd more time to explore there.
  • What a great place! Wasn't too excited about it from the outside but once we got in, pretty cool!
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