It’s video time again! Woot woot! :)))))
And Thunderball Grotto in the Exumas might possibly go down in the record books as one of the best spots we will EVER have the chance to snorkel. It definitely takes the cake so far. I mean, seriously. It was AMAZING!
I literally had to edit all my GoPro footage because I kept shouting “holy crap, Jereme, holy crap!!!” through my snorkel gear. ;)) And honestly, our video does not even come close to doing it justice.
But regardless, I am SO thrilled we have a >>GoPro<<for fun little underwater excursions like this. We made sure to bring it along with us while we snorkeled at the grotto and also while we swam at the Exuma Land + Sea Park in Warderick Wells. So this video is “technically” a combo of both spots, but mostly just the grotto.
And in case you are wondering…Thunderball Grotto lies just west of Staniel Cay. It’s been showcased to the world as the location of many of the scenes in two James Bond movies, Thunderball and Never Say Never Again, as well as Into The Blue with Jessica Alba and the Disney movie, Splash. Aside from its Hollywood fame, Thunderball Grotto (or Thunderball Cave, as it’s also known) is renowned as one of the top scuba-diving locations in the world.
There are several entrances to the actual grotto, and once inside, you quite literally find yourself in an aquarium of epic proportions. There are hundreds of varieties of fish, coral, and sea life swimming right before your eyes. The rock ceiling is dotted with natural skylights where rain has eroded the rock, allowing the sunlight to stream in. We heard from other cruisers (after we visited the grotto) that you can actually climb to the top of the rock and jump through the skylight holes into the water. Pretty nuts! I’m kinda glad we didn’t know that little fun fact until after we had snorkeled the grotto.
While we were anchored off of Big Major’s (next to Staniel Cay), we dinghied over to the grotto at low tide (which happened to be at 8:45am that morning) and were lucky to find only one other couple leaving the grotto…so we had it all to ourselves!!! I love when that happens. At low tide, we were able to tie up our boat to the nearby rocks and just swim right in.
Here’s our fun little GoPro snorkel video… (another snorkel video is in the works with lots of other neat underwater adventures since we hit the grotto!) Enjoy! :)))
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