Channel Cay, near George Town, Exumas, Bahamas N23o 34.279′ W75o 49.473′ Depth 0-20ft
Channel Cay is the first island north of Conch Cay Cut. Anchor near the center of the island where it bumps out a bit. Look out for very shallow coral. Keep in mind that this site is in the cut and may be subject to currents and surge. We snorkeled it on a calm day at low tide and it was very pleasant. A great opportunity to see the endangered Elkhorn Coral.
As you swim westward you will see the Elkhorn Reef rising up to the surface. Elkhorn Coral (Acropora palmata) used to grow in massive reefs. It thrives in shallow water where there is heavy water flow. In the 1990s, it was devastated by a disease and in many places, there is only dead coral covered with algae and other encrusting organisms. It is quite special to see this reef with so much living Elkhorn.
While you are enjoying this rare experience, please be aware of where you are kicking when you are swimming around this or any coral. Wave surge, in particular, can slam you into the fragile coral damaging it and you. This is well worth the dinghy ride.