As its name suggests, Thunderball Grotto was named for the famed Academy-Award winning James Bond film ‘Thunderball’, which was filmed, in part, here. But this hidden gem destination’s real claim to fame is its breathtaking beauty.
Located just west of Staniel Cay in the Exumas chain, Thunderball Grotto is a wondrous underwater cave with a veritable maze of entrances and underwater pathways, where divers and snorkelers can enjoy seeing numerous varieties of fish, coral and sea life.
It’s natural skylight, produced by erosion, is breathtaking in both the sunlight and moonlight, when beams of light snake in from the holes above and the azure waters light up like precious jewels. In certain places, the cave ceiling is only a few feet above the diver’s head, and in others, the ceiling stretches up to an astounding twenty feet or so.
During high tide, there are five entrances that require you to dive underwater, and two more entrances that can be accessed without having to dive underneath the surface. Although this is a popular spot for underwater cave diving, you do not have to be a diver to access it.
At low tide, snorkelers can make their way in to view this natural wonder. Since the water level is low, a mask and snorkel are optional; however, when the water is high, diving equipment is necessary to access this underwater paradise. It is actually recommended to enter the cave at low tide as the current can be very strong at times.
Visitors are welcomed to look, admire and drink in all the stunning natural beauty of Thunderball Grotto, but touching and/or breaking off coral or any other flora is strictly forbidden. The cave, as well as two of the surrounding islands, is protected by the Bahamas National Trust. Visitors can tie up their boats to nearby mooring buoys and seek out adventure at Thunderball Grotto!
Where To Stay
Conveniently located, nearby Club Peace & Plenty is a beautiful 32 room boutique resort, including 3 two-room suites, overlooking Elizabeth Harbour. Room choices include Harbour water front view, pool side, Garden Suites, or two-room suites. All rooms include air conditioning, ceiling fan, mini-fridge, hair-dryer, private bath, and in room cable television. The resort’s gourmet restaurant offers local cuisine including grits with breakfast and conch burgers for lunch. The dinner menu ranges from steak to seafood including grouper, a local favorite. For more about the Bahamas and the boutique resort, Peace & Plenty, visit www.Peaceandplenty.com
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