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Thunderball Grotto

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Be like Bond

Nice time only about a 100 yards from Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Definitely a low to slack time... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
NICKATREST
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Clearwater, Florida
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Beautiful

What a gorgeous and unexpected gem in the area... especially if you go early and find yourself... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
593kristinag
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This fantastic underwater cave was used in the filming of two James Bond movies and is a must-see for divers and snorkelers.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice time only about a 100 yards from Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Definitely a low to slack time snorkel, but plenty of fish and lighting from the big hole up top. Definitely worth a visit!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank NICKATREST
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a gorgeous and unexpected gem in the area... especially if you go early and find yourself alone there! Lots of fish underwater, beautiful colors and great rock structures... very much enjoyed this stop and would highly recommend it.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 593kristinag
Reviewed January 29, 2019

Only go during low tide, otherwise it is difficult to swim out. wear water shoes to avoid hurting your feet when walking and climbing, bring gopro for underwater video

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Kaiti G
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

Go at low tide or at least not high tide! Otherwise you will bump your head on the roof of the cave. The water here is sparkling clear and I saw fish and a ray. Very pretty indeed. A highlight of the Bahamas.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Brissielyn
Reviewed January 21, 2019

Very easy to find while anchored at Staniel Cay from your dingy. Now I want to see the James Bond movie again. You have to time the tides just right if you want to snorkel in it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Steve R
Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

The whole experience was amazing - snorkeling into the cave, seeing lots of colorful fishes, watching sunrays under the water. We came during the low tide, so there was always air above us.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Natalia_Nagovsky
Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

We visited Thunderball Grotto as part of a daytrip tour from Florida with Bahamas Air Tours and Staniel Cay & Exuma Adventures. Due to the tides, this was our first stop on the tour. Highly recommend - must see it if you’re in the area!...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank BurrNJ
Reviewed December 22, 2018

We visited Thunderball Grotto on a 3-hour boat tour that we arranged through Embrace Resort. Other stops were Pig Island, Iguana Island, a sand bar, and a swim-with-the sharks opportunity. Our boat captain swam with us at the grotto, guiding us and another couple through...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mtrachsl
Reviewed October 23, 2018

We were out there in the early afternoon. On the way out our guide asked us if we were good swimmers and if we could hold our breath for two seconds. Long story short, you had to hold your breath and swim under a rock...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Newtrierjimmy
Reviewed October 9, 2018

We went with small children in the afternoon. Our guide was careful to take us there when the tide was almost out so we didn't get a super strong current. Gorgeous place. Great for novice and advanced swimmers alike.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Amanda C
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Iza T
March 31, 2018|
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Response from Donatella P | Reviewed this property |
The water is not deep but you cannot touch the floor so you need to swim. You should really make the effort to learn how to swim with fins and so you will be able to enjoy the grotto because the most beautiful part is... More
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Lisa A
March 27, 2018|
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Response from MS_DREAMVAKAY | Reviewed this property |
There is no room for swimming devices at all. Even the most confident swimmer can have trouble . The current is STRONG and the tide goes up fast
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Jennifer_8710
March 31, 2017|
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Response from 310scottb | Reviewed this property |
Staniel Cay Yacht club was the ticket for us. Thunderball Grotto is very close to the Yacht Club, and Pig's beach isn't very far away either. Part of staying at the yacht club included a Boston Whaler for our own use. I'm... More
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