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“Gracious Grotto” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Thunderball Grotto

Thunderball Grotto
, Staniel Cay
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Activities: Snorkeling
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Owner description: This fantastic underwater cave was used in the filming of two James Bond movies and is a must-see for divers and snorkelers.
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“Gracious Grotto”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

When visiting Staniel Cay be sure to visit this stunning Grotto. Though not as large as we expected it more than made up for this with the enormous quantity and quality of fish and sea life. There’s a dinghy mooring at the cave entrance and at low, slack water it’s easy to snorkel into the grotto without having to duck under and safer too. Would advise the checking of tide tables and planning ahead so taking no risks depending on your swimming confidence and skills. Low tide is of course also the most popular time for visitors so you will probably be in company. At other times the entrance is submerged and the currents are not for the faint hearted.

Once inside the grotto you will be transported into another world of glowing fluorescent corals, large shoals of fish swimming amongst the amazing rock formations and glistening in the sunlight as it streams through ‘windows’ in the roof. We took some breadcrumbs and found the Sergeant majors in particular enjoyed a good feed tapping on the lens of my mask when the food wasn’t coming fast enough! Don’t be surprised to be joined by a good sized nurse shark who seems to frequent the area- watching him watching us watching him! Af un thing to do for sure and not to be missed.

Visited April 2013
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Carolina Beach, North Carolina, USA
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“Awesome!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This is one of the coolest places to snorkel. Lots of ocean life, some really neat underwater passages. Strong currents in some places and for the really adventurous, you can jump through the top of the grotto into the middle of the cave.

Visited June 2013
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Rhinebeck, New York, United States
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“Out of this world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

The views inside and outside of the grotto are incredible: colorful schools of fish and waving sea grass are everywhere underwater; the inside of the grotto is otherworldly, with amazing rock formations and sunlight streaming through the cave ceiling. There are underwater surprises good and bad. You'll find a couple of smaller, adjacent caves to swim into. But, an underwater exit at the back of the main cave leads to rough waters. Finding your way back into the cave from there can be a challenge. If you choose to explore this route, do yourself a favor and take the long way around the outside of the cave to return to a calmer entry point. Make sure to take deep breaths when going underwater - you'll hit your head on jagged rocks if you come up before you clear the rocks. Even though there is one entrance/exit you can use so you don't have to swim underwater, you should be a STRONG SWIMMER before visiting this grotto. Bring a camera!

Visited April 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“No 007 tricks here”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

It looked bigger in the movie, but it is still a fun snorkel, IF you're a good swimmer. Duck coming through the entrance as there are some sharp projections. Inside it's a big grotto with sunlight pouring in through the roof and little fish swimming all around. There was a strong current leading out through a submerged exit which required a deep breath to make it out safely, then a long swim back to the boat around a point.

Visited December 2012
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Ohio
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“Not a huge space, but like being in an aquarium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Some of the best snorkeling we've ever done with large schools of beautiful fish. We found it easy to get in and out of at slack tide, but others seemed very nervous. If you are a confident swimmer, you'll be fine. Do not stay outside....the view inside is amazing.

Visited January 2013
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