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Rainbow Reef Snorkel Tour/ Athol Island Snorkel


Tour Description

After boarding a snorkel boat, you will take a narrated scenic 45-minute cruise through historic Nassau Harbor to the Sea Gardens of Athol Island.

The Sea Gardens of Athol Island are world famous, and snorkeling in this beautiful marine environment is a treat. Upon reaching the reef, your guide will give you a general orientation on your day's snorkel and a detailed safety briefing. Then, after being issued your mask, fins and snorkel, you'll set out to view the reef.

Your guide will escort you through this beautiful marine life sanctuary, where you will be able to get up close to some of the most colorful coral and reef fish of the Bahamas. Make sure not to touch the coral! And bring an underwater camera to record your experience. Your snorkel adventure will have you in the water for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. All snorkel equipment included.

Note: This tour is only available on certain ships. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old. Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Guests with cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition should take particular caution when selecting a tour with snorkeling/swimming elements. Guests who have concerns should consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.

Activity Level:


Excursion Length: 2½ Hours

30% This activity will take up about 30% of your time in port.

Tour Prices:

Royal Caribbean: Adults, from $35.75; kids, from $35.75
Celebrity: Adults, from $35.75; kids, from $35.75
NCL: Adults, from $41; kids, from $30

What You Need to Bring:

  • Comfortable shirt and shorts
  • Wear your bathing suit under your clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Bring money for souvenirs and incidentals
  • Bring your camera. Amazon sells a great feature packed Nikon 13 MP point-and-shoot camera that's waterproof, shockproof and family friendly for less than $100.

Cruise Lines Offering This Tour:

Royal Caribbean icon Royal Caribbean Celebrity icon Celebrity NCL icon NCL

What Else You Need to Know:

Transit to the site: You will board a snorkeling catamaran at the Prince George Dock and take a 45-minute sail to Athol Island, the site of your snorkeling adventure.

Who should take this tour:

  • Families
  • Snorkelers
  • Folks who'd like to see some of the amazing sea creatures that inhabit the waters of the Bahamas
  • Folks looking for a fun and enjoyable excursion in a beautiful setting
  • Photographers

What you'll do


Meet guide at Prince George Wharf

Walk to catamaran boarding area (15 minutes)

Board catamaran, sail to the Sea Gardens of Athol Island reef (45 minutes)

Snorkeling time at reef (1 hour)

Return sail to Prince George Wharf (45 minutes)

Walk back to your ship (15 minutes)

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