Thunderball Grotto

Step aside, Mr. Bond, with your fancy ‘007’ status…the Grandjeans are here to save the day! Well, the Grandjeans are here to start their day with a tour of Thunderball Grotto. This cave was featured in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball. The scene was a helicopter rescue of Bond through the ceiling of the grotto; thank goodness, “…that locator capsule he swallowed is working…” oh how far Bond has come

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To visit the grotto, it is best to enter during a slack tide. We’d learned from the Staniel Cay Divers that slack tide for the grotto occurs approximately 45-minutes prior to low tide at Nassau. We set out at 8:30am to achieve optimal swim time. Our brave men entered the cave. They explored for minutes and minutes, poking in and out of the various entrances and exits, scaling the walls, and fish spotting.

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Then, they came to escort the ladies. Kathy and Bruce went swimming along into the cave, Kathy admiring the fish. Well those little Sergent Majors stopped me in my tracks! As did the Grunts and Schoolmasters. While everyone else was admiring, I scampered away back to the dinghy.

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Brian had a genius idea. “Why don’t you take your snorkel off and just swim inside,” he suggested. “You can’t miss this, it’s amazing.” That worked! Without seeing the fish swarming toward me (which they don’t actually do) I was totally fine just swimming inside above them. And it was well worth the swim!

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We explored the grotto for quite a while. Brian, Mark, and Kathy admired beautiful, huge fish. Too bad no fishing here! Bruce and I admired the immense cavern. And to “top” it all off, the boys clamored onto the outside of the grotto for a high jump into the sea!

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