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Thunderball Grotto free

Staniel Cay | Exuma, The Bahamas
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  • Type: Natural Wonders, Swimming/Pools, Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Never say never again when asked if you've been to Thunderball Grotto — this top snorkeling and scuba diving destination reached Hollywood fame for its appearance in two James Bond flicks ("Thunderball" and "Never Say Never Again"). The intricate, underwater maze located on Staniel Cay is enclosed by sky-high cave ceilings with holes just big enough to let the sun shine through and reflect off the water.

Experienced snorkelers will have no problem navigating the ins and outs of Thunderball, but many travelers recommend that novice snorkelers plan an outing during low tide. Recent snorkelers advise experienced snorkelers to avoid the crowds in the first room and instead snorkel in one of the secondary rooms. 

If you want to see the big fish, many say to stay near the ocean floor. Fish will likely swim up to you in search of food, so feel free to pack bread crumbs for some underwater feeding.

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