What is the best resource for mapping Smith's and where to enter the water?
Excellent, thanks maca!
Off topic, and I hate to do this but....
I was just at Smiths Reef this morning with a couple friends.
Saw a nice sized stingray, and 2 probably 4ft wide spotted eagle rays.
Wonderful things to watch in the water!
Followed one of those around for a long time.
Close enough to touch, (but of course did not)
Very nice to see them when out on a snorkel.
Also watched as a turtle munched up a piece of coral.
Was a good day for all out on the reef.
Sometimes Smiths reef can be a bit murky, bit of a chop in the water and have a bit of a current.
Today was flat, clear and very minimal current.
2thec this is the kind of off topic conversation I can be on board with. To continue being off topic, I have usually always seen beautiful eagle rays, often in families at Smiths. Turtles are almost always around. Barracuda are usually curious and check us out, so no jewelry while snorkeling unless you want to see what those teeth can do. I’ve never been fortunate enough to see sharks, but understand they can pass by. This is such a fun reef to snorkel but do be aware of the current. It’s easiest to start on the east end and let it take you west than try to go against it. Unless you are ready for a good nap afterwards.
I've always had a difficult time with that map, once you are on the beach. Good to use for parking. Use this map to help you find what you might be looking for: the coral and the eagle rays!
This is a great thread - we are heading there soon and Smith’s Reef is on our list. We are avid snorkelers. Thanks for the tips.
I guess my tip would be..just because you come upon a sandy spot without coral don't assume your done. The area is HUGE with many different areas of coral and drop offs (which is where we usually see the most rays). You can parallel the shore but also go out pretty far. Be aware of boats !!
Here is my video from March 2017 TCI trip. About the 1 minute 20 second area is a land section taken at the best spot for entry to Smith Reef. Drive to the public beach parking area at Turtle Cove. You'll have to walk a few hundred yards down the beach to get to the entry. There has always been a little sand and smooth gravel area that is pretty easy entry/exit. There are two main sections of reef here. One about 50 yards off shore and another about 50 yards out from the east/south end of the inner reef.
The video is from both Smith and Bight Reefs.
Wow, great footage! I like when the Lobster was telling you to get out!! funny!Edited: 22 November 2018, 23:48