Atholl Island

Atholl Island, New Providence Island: Address, Atholl Island Reviews: 4/5

Atholl Island
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Friendly yellowtails and Sergeant Majors pester divers for food, meaning there's no better way to see the marine life than on the reefs off this island.
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Kesh74
United States64 contributions
Peaceful, untouched, uninhabited island
Jul 2018
Seems to be the place all the boats go too for diving to show off the local marine life and it was worth it. Beautiful array of all kinds of fish, we even got a starfish! Booked a boat trip through out cruiseline so there was no unnecessary haggling on the mainland. Overall a beautiful experience.
Written 4 June 2019
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Claudio (SCL)
Santiago, Chile101 contributions
Wonderful marine life sanctuary
Feb 2018 • Family
The Athol Island is an uninhabited island near New Providence island. Part of National marine park of Bahamas.
We booked a 2.5 hour tour on our RC cruise for just $39. The boat was in good condition and the staff was friendly and caring; they provided the snorkeling gear.

The snorkeling spot is beautiful and plenty of corals and fish. We saw many parrotishs, sergeant majors, some tangs, groupers and even a needlefish.

On the ride back the boat coasted the shore of Nassau where we saw some beautiful celebritie's houses and villas

Only downside of this trip was the time, but for the price you can't complain. If you love to swim with marine life I recommend to take a longer tour with stops on two or more sonrkeling spots.
Written 29 January 2019
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Martin S
Lake Worth, FL392 contributions
Fantastic Reef Snorkel
Jul 2018 • Couples
Immediately after entering the water we were surrounded by hundreds of Sargent Major fish and some barracuda. The reef is beautiful and easy to snorkel off of a catamaran.
Written 22 July 2018
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Landon H
Sharpsburg, GA83 contributions
Good (but crowded) snorkeling
Feb 2017 • Family
The other reviews here are pretty accurate. We did this as a shore excursion from the Norwegian Escape. The water was pretty clear and we saw many small to medium sized reef fish (Parrot Fish, Sergeant Majors, Tangs, Groupers, etc.). The staff was friendly and helpful. The depth and current were not physically challenging. It was very, very crowded because four boats were anchored here, and the water was full of people. I would have rated this "above average" (a 4) if it had not been so crowded.
Written 28 February 2017
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Ralf R
Reading, MA51 contributions
Atholl Island snorkel excursion
Feb 2017 • Couples
Booked this excursion last minute on our cruise on the Norwegian Escape for $49 per person.
We were picked up at the pier next to the ship. After a 15 min walk to the spot where the boat would pick us up, we waited about 10 min for the boat to arrive.
The trip to the reef took about 25 min, snorkel gear was in ok condition. Staff was friendly.
There were three other boats next to ours at the reef in front of Atholl Island, lots of people in the water. We were not allowed allowed to swim closer to the island due to the boat traffic. We saw many fish at the reef and close to the boat as one of the staff members fed the fish. Due to the amount of people in the water you had to watch out not to get hit by fins or hands.
During the ride back the guide pointed out several villas that are owned by celebrities. However, the motor was quite loud so that we were not able to hear most of it on the lower deck.
Small snacks and beverages were available for purchase.
For a quick and relatively cheap snorkel trip where you see several fish this was ok, but we would not go back.
Written 19 February 2017
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tsangar
New York City, NY2 contributions
I said yes on Atholl Island
Sep 2016
Me and my now fiancé went for a quick 4 day getaway for the first time to the Bahamas in September, we just missed the storm
By a few days earlier. We took a jet ski from the RIU where we stayed and went to Atholl island that was recommend to us by one of the staff members at the resort. There my boyfriend popped the question! The island was so pretty surrounded by water, sun and beautiful scenery
Definitely a trip for the books!
Written 9 February 2017
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Pellaz2112
Auburn, GA221 contributions
Snuba and snorkeling stop just south of the eastern tip of Athol Island
Nov 2016 • Friends
On a recent snuba excursion booked through Atlantis and handled by Stuart's Cove, we stopped at two excellent sites just south of Athol Island and near its eastern tip. One site was a nice, active reef with plenty of fish, and the second was over a sunken wreck, a WW II landing craft that cut the corner a bit too tight and ran aground in shallow waters. Both sites were great and our smaller group got to do snuba over the wreck, which was really cool.
Written 22 November 2016
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Francis0329
Miami, FL40 contributions
You get what you get and you don't get upset
Dec 2015 • Family
I was in Bahamas last Friday as one of my NCL cruise's destination; my eighth time visiting this port! It was raining and we were thinking about staying on the ship but... hey when you have two teens that's not a smart option! So away we go to Athol Island Snorkeling. Last minute excursion, cheap price ($41) and kind of blah...

We have done snorkeling in beautiful places before and we were a little disappoitned when they took us to just one spot, nothing special or interesting but as I said you get what you paid for!
Staff was friendly and they will guide you along the reef, the snorkeling equipment is provided prior to departure and they have drinks for a fee.
We were in shallow water for an hour; the staff brought food for the fishes and kids were able to see some cute fishes and some turtles. On our way back we saw the houses of rich and famous, some pretty views from Atlantis and... that was the end.

I would probably not take this trip in the future. If you are looking for an unforgettable snorkeling adventure I would suggest finding another excursion; and of course that involve a higher excursion price. But if you are looking for something cheap and simple this is an OK trip.
Written 15 December 2015
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cavr1569
Tampa, FL49 contributions
Amazing
May 2014 • Family
Hello Everyone,I visited the wonderful Island of Nassau Bahamas on board the amazing Norwegian Getaway and i visited the Wonderful Athol Island,i have travel a lots and done snorkeling a lots at different islands that i have visited and i have to tell you that Athol Island was my best,beautiful cristal clear water,beautiful reef,amazing marine habitat,a must do when visiting Nassau,Bahamas.

Note: is only a fee if you book as an excursion with your cruise line,on board if you travel to the island on your own and have snorkeling gear and have a way to get to the Athol Island,is free to visit and have an amazing time :-)
Written 11 May 2014
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traveltot11
Keller, TX2,412 contributions
Great Beach To Ourselves Near Nassau
Jan 2014 • Family
We took a snorkel trip from Nassau. We made one stop near Atholl (also spelled Athol) with some amazing snorkeling. We then made our way to Atholl Island for some lunch, snorkeling and relaxation. The sand was soft and the water was wonderful. This was a secluded spot that was essentially "untouched" for the time being. The views of the blue water and nearby islands was quite serene. The snorkeling off the beach in the shallow water was nice, seeing fish, star fish and even a ray! Nice place to get away from the congestion of downtown Nassau.
Written 4 February 2014
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