Thunderball Grotto: Underwater Cave Diving in the Exuma Bahamas
Many avid cave divers will tell you that there are several awe-inspiring locations for underwater cave diving in the Bahamas. However, one of the most famed and stunning sites to engage in this exhilarating sport is Thunderball Grotto or Thunderball Cave as it is sometimes called.
Many snorkelers have taken to bringing bread crumbs with them during their dive to Thunderball Grotto. The fish certainly appreciate it, returning the favour by swarming around the diver and offering an up-close and personal view of their natural beauty.
There is no shortage of magical and wondrous things to see in Thunderball Grotto. Upon entering this hollowed-out rock, be sure to look upward to admire the natural skylight that has been produced by erosion, breath-taking in both the sun and moonlight. The 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.
How to Get Into Thunderball Grotto
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 (slack) 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.