The clean and crystal clear water of Grand Cayman makes perfect conditions for snorkeling. You can either swim out to the some of the reefs or join one of many snorkel tours that will take you by boat to the best sites. This enjoyable recreation is ideal for non-divers to get a taste of the underwater world offshore and can be enjoyed by visitors of most ages. Here are some of the most popular snorkeling sites around Grand Cayman:
TURTLE FARM REEF
A short distance out from the Cracked Conch restaurant in West Bay, there is a good chance you might encounter a sea turtle.
EDEN ROCK/DEVIL’S GROTTO
An easy swim out from George Town, Eden Rock is teeming with fish while nearby Devil’s Grotto has huge coral heads, connecting caves and tunnels.
CEMETERY BEACH REEF
Located towards the northern end of Seven Mile Beach, this shallow reef is a bit of a swim from shore but worth the exercise.
WRECK OF THE CALI
Sitting in 20 feet of water in George Town, this ship wreck is in pieces, attracting a variety of sponges and fish.
Also known as “Cheeseburger Reef” due to its proximity to Burger King in George Town, this site has a population of tarpons and you may also spot turtles or baby sharks.
About 2 miles out from George Town in South Sound is tghe popular cove known as Smith Barcadere. Here you find find some great snorkelling close to the small beach. There's an abundance of fish mainly around the underwater reef and rock formations.
STARFISH POINT & RUM POINT
On the northside of the island lies the beautiful community of Rum Point and Kaibo. Here you'll be able to play with the starfish at Starfish Point and see dozens of colorful fish at Rum Point. The in-shore reef is only 50 yards from the beach at Rum point Club, but if you want to get to the famous off-shore Rum Point Reef you'll need to take a tour as it's some way out and the currents can be strong.
If you haven’t exercised recently or have an underlying health condition, consider whether snorkeling is good idea, and seek medical advice first.
Never snorkel alone and always tell someone where you are going and when you hope to return.
Set off against the current so the return swim is easy.
Return before you get tired.
Take a buoy or a dive flag with you to make sure you are highly visible to boats and jet skis.