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Peterson Cay National Park

Peterson Cay National Park

Peterson Cay, Grand Bahama

The Basics

The main reef is a short swim from shore; ensure you go past the initial soft branch to see the most diverse marine life. There is also a wide variety of aquatic life that calls the reef home, so keep your eyes out for tropical fish, and even manta rays and barracuda. Snorkel tours departing from Grand Bahama typically transport you to the park via catamaran, and tend to include snorkeling equipment and lunch.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Freeport

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Key snorkeling
Camper09410068891, Mar 2019
Freeport Snorkeling to Peterson Cay National Park
Nice trip overall Went out at low tide though Plenty of marine life but feel it could have been better when tide change to high tide
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The tour company was excellent. They...
Nicholas B, Jun 2015
Freeport Snorkeling to Peterson Cay National Park
The tour company was excellent. They were prompt, knowledgeable about the island, very friendly, and brought us to the Peterson Cay National Park for pictures of the protected park, as well as for great snorkeling at the coral reef. This tour is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys snorkeling.
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We loved the snorkeling trip. It...
Thel, May 2015
Freeport Snorkeling to Peterson Cay National Park
We loved the snorkeling trip. It was very well run. The crew was so friendly and helpful. It was an awesome experience!!
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Snorkeling was not so great not many...
plummerb1941, Mar 2016
Freeport Snorkeling to Peterson Cay National Park
Snorkeling was not so great not many fish but the lunch and relaxing on the beach was very nice.
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This trip was great. We loved the...
lizrandall1983, Aug 2014
Freeport Snorkeling to Peterson Cay National Park
This trip was great. We loved the Cay! We shared the boat trip with divers, so it made us wish we had signed up for diving! The day we went was very clear and very, very hot! Bring extra water, extra sunscreen and a hat if you don't want your forehead to burn!
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Nice trip for the price. Staff very...
Teri S, Dec 2015
Freeport Snorkeling to Peterson Cay National Park
Nice trip for the price. Staff very helpful and friendly
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Best snorkeling I've ever done...
derek b, Jul 2017
Freeport Snorkeling to Peterson Cay National Park
Best snorkeling I've ever done -stunning array of fish and corral....

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The secluded, sandy beaches of Peterson Cay National Park provide an ideal spot for quiet relaxation and afternoon picnics.

  • Don’t forget to bring reef-safe sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

  • It’s illegal to remove shells, vegetation, or pieces of coral from the island.

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How to Get There

Peterson Cay National Park is only accessible by boat; hire a private boat from Port Lucaya Marina or join a tour. Experienced kayakers can paddle to the park from Barbary Beach.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit the national park is during dry season in the Bahamas, from December through April. Temperatures remain warm enough for diving and snorkeling throughout the year, but rain and hurricanes may be a factor between May and late November.

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Wildlife on Peterson Cay

The vast majority of visitors to Peterson Cay come for the wildlife, which resides both above and below the water. The island is home to a nesting colony of bridled terns and it’s common to see soldier crabs scurrying along its shores. The park’s fringe and patch reefs teem with tropical fish, while a healthy turtle population lives in the waters around the cay.

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