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Snorkeling Cinnamon Bay

Cinnamon Bay tends to be one of the windiest locations on the North Shore, making snorkeling slow going. Visibility isn't usually affected, however. From the beach out to Cinnamon Bay Cay are patched of reefs that include a small but interesting ledge where close inspection may reveal a variety of invertebrates and juvenile fish. Shallow areas of sand can be used for resting before snorkeling around either side of the cay (larger corals) or to the 20-foot backside where a greater concentration of gorgonians ("soft corals") can be found. Off the west end of the beach towards Little Cinnamon Bay is a section of reef in shallow water that is largely silted over. A few fish can be seen as well as part of a propeller of a small airplane that crashed there long ago.

In the canyons of the mostly dead reef at the opposite (east) end of the beach are often plenty of fish. The huge Jewfish have been seen here in years past. Along the rest of the beach are scattered coral heads providing shelter for some fish.



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