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Review of Thunderball Grotto

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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.
Carolina Beach, North Carolina, USA
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Out of this world”
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
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“No 007 tricks here”
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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Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not a huge space, but like being in an aquarium”
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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Windermere, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Traveled to Staniel Cay with my family. We were a little nervous about going into the grotto. We waited until slack tide so that the water was calm- many of us are wimps and it made securing the boat easier. You can enter the grotto without going completely under water. There are so many beautiful fish! My husband and son swam under the rock face to get out - not me. Well worth the time. It is awesome!

Visited April 2013
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