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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. By using our Staniel Cay itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Thunderball Grotto and other attractions in Staniel Cay.
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  • One of the stops on the all day tour and it's famous for the James Bond movie. It was cool but nothing spectacular. Some people got cuts on the sharp rocks so be careful. 
  • This was such an amazing thing to experience in person. Photos just don't do it justice. I cannot wait to go back!!! 
  • It's okay, seems very variable - sometimes it's packed with fish, sometimes just packed with people. But it's fun and very close to SCYC, so you may as well swim/boat over and check it out. 
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  • Awesome fun for those who enjoy snorkeling! Lots of marine life & tons of photo and video opportunities. Somewhat advanced, so it may not be a great idea for people who are new to snorkeling or swimming :( The rock walls surrounding the semi-submerged entrance are very sharp, so don't touch & watch your head! I'd recommend bringing dive gloves if possible along with mask, snorkel & fins at a minimum. Bucket list type trip & well worth a visit!!
  • Amazing snorkeling experience. Saw lots of fish including a lion fish. If you go at low tide it could be very crowded. However take great care if you go at any other time.
  • Magnificent! (Though, can be crowded.)
  • Excellent snorkelling. Not the largest area, but an incredible setting. Well worth a visit.
  • Amazing!!! A once in a lifetime must-do!

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