SNORKELING & KAYAKING
We have so many amazing things at Soliman Bay but one really stands out, the snorkeling! As you look out at the bay as it becomes open ocean you can see a bit of the white water where the waves are breaking on the reef. Inside the break is the calm waters of our bay and is a great place for snorkeling. You can hear the waves crashing in the distance but our bay waters just gently lap, lap, lap. The depth of the bay ranges from 3 – 10 feet. Because the coral and reef are close, snorkeling can be a daily ritual that creates a deeper connection with the ocean. You can also just snorkel near the shoreline in shallow water by walking through one of the sea grass paths (so you don’t stomp on anything). Look for dark spots that are coral or grass, this is where the fish hang out!
Here are a few tips before you set out:
Swim and snorkel at your own risk (we have to say that). Only strong, adult swimmers should attempt snorkeling. Do not go beyond the reef into open ocean. There is NO lifeguard at Soliman Bay. Seriously people, be safe. Never swim or snorkel alone. Don’t go during high tide. Always always always go with a buddy or two, and tell other people in your party your plans and have them keep an eye on you. Paddle out with a kayak and wear life vests at all times. Do not swim both ways. While snorkeling is an amazing, beautiful and peaceful experience remember that it is a dangerous activity. Take the necessary safety precautions. If you doubt your ability and safety, skip the snorkeling. Go bird watching instead – more on bird watching here.
It’s fun to paddle around. If you want to venture out towards the reef to snorkel (only for adult, strong swimmers) use the kayak to paddle out and tie it securely to the dingy. Tie up your gear and oars to make sure they don’t get knocked overboard. Use the life vests while snorkeling.
Strong Current & Dangerous Waves
There is a strong current and dangerous waves at the center of the bay, do not snorkel or swim anywhere near here. There is a sign posted at the guard station showing this location. Read our Swim Advisory.
Flora and Fauna
Never take anything from the ocean. Do not wear jewelry or anything metallic and sparkly because it will attract big fish, yikes! Do not touch or disturb any coral, animal or plant life. The oil from our skin will kill the coral. Be careful not to hit coral with your fins, swim around coral at low tide. The shoreline has the protected sea grass growing that sea turtles will munch on. The grass is essential to the bay. Walk through a path and avoid stomping on anything hanging out in the grass. Sea life you’re likely to see are: turtles, rays, grouper, blue tangs, little silver fishies, lobster, lionfish (poisonous, do not touch), jumping/flying fish, eels, and apparently barracuda – although we’ve never seen one (ignore them, keep your distance, move slowly).
We recommend wearing a skinsuit or long sleeve tshirt to protect you from the sun. You won’t notice getting sunburned while you’re in the water and time flies when you’re snorkeling. Sunscreen wears off too. And perhaps wearing a shirt and only environmentally friendly sunscreen on your neck and ears will help reduce the amount of sunscreen that wears off into the water because it harms sea life.
Would you like to share your Soliman Bay snorkeling photos with us? We’d love to use them here on this post, with full credit of course!
So we don’t want to come across as preachy but we want to mention that experiencing the real and natural environment is much better than paying for a theme park experience. Seeing things as they truly are is important as it connects us with what’s real. Swimming with captive dolphins is sad :(