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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  • The tides rushing in and out of the grotto can be dangerous. Go at Slack Tide. Wear your water shoes. Take snorkel gear and underwater camera. Lots of fish. Take cheese whiz to feed them. You will be ...  more »
  • The best snorkeling ever!! Don’t miss out it may seem hard or scary but it’s not. Also definitely worth it when you inside!!  more »
  • If you're in the area, definitely stop here, and low tide is best. At low tide, you can swim into the grotto above the surface of the water. At any other tide, you will have to swim under water to fin...  more »

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Rental villas on the east side of the island and a few cottages in the center offer an alternative to staying at the famed yacht club and resort-style hotels in the west section of Staniel Cay. The resorts do get quite busy, so reserve in advance to get a room you'll really like.
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