Peterson Cay National Park
The main reef is a short swim from shore; ensure you go past the initial soft branch to see the most diverse marine life. There is also a wide variety of aquatic life that calls the reef home, so keep your eyes out for tropical fish, and even manta rays and barracuda. Snorkel tours departing from Grand Bahama typically transport you to the park via catamaran, and tend to include snorkeling equipment and lunch.
Things to Know Before You Go
The secluded, sandy beaches of Peterson Cay National Park provide an ideal spot for quiet relaxation and afternoon picnics.
Don’t forget to bring reef-safe sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
It’s illegal to remove shells, vegetation, or pieces of coral from the island.
How to Get There
Peterson Cay National Park is only accessible by boat; hire a private boat from Port Lucaya Marina or join a tour. Experienced kayakers can paddle to the park from Barbary Beach.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the national park is during dry season in the Bahamas, from December through April. Temperatures remain warm enough for diving and snorkeling throughout the year, but rain and hurricanes may be a factor between May and late November.
Wildlife on Peterson Cay
The vast majority of visitors to Peterson Cay come for the wildlife, which resides both above and below the water. The island is home to a nesting colony of bridled terns and it’s common to see soldier crabs scurrying along its shores. The park’s fringe and patch reefs teem with tropical fish, while a healthy turtle population lives in the waters around the cay.