Located in Grand Cayman, the snorkeling in Georgetown offers a half-dozen good snorkel dive spots. The best Georgetown snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be Smiths Cove, Eden Rock, Sunset House, Cheeseburger Reef, and Wreck Of The Cali. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a Georgetown snorkeling dive below.
Just south of downtown Georgetown, the Eden Rock snorkel spot offers arguably the finest snorkeling on Grand Cayman. Off this ironshore, the water clarity is truly exceptional, there is plentiful reef fish and three distinct massive reef formations to explore. Eden Rock is a large chunk of limestone that is coated with coralline algae, sponges, sea fans and patches of living coral towers. Eden Rock snorkelers tend to see grouper, stoplight parrotfish, blue parrotfish, damselfish, trumpetfish, sergeant majors, yellowtail snapper, sea turtles, eagle rays and tarpon. This dive spot can be a crowded place for snorkeling during weekdays when cruise ships are in the adjacent port.
South of Georgetown on Grand Cayman, the snorkelling at Sunset House is known for the Nicholson shipwreck and the submerged Amphrite brown statue. When snorkeling off Sunset House, you may spot stingrays, eels and sea turtles. There is a scenic spur and groove coral reef formation located further offshore.
South of Georgetown on Grand Cayman Island, the snorkelling at Smiths Cove is known for it parrotfish, angelfish, peacock flounder and surgeonfish. he main reef formations are from 150 feet to 300 feet offshore and is marked by a buoy. The water depths range from 6 feet to 40 feet. This very narrow cove harbors a small beach that tends to be extremely popular with cruiseship tourists. Also known as Smiths Barcadere, this scenic cove is flanked by iron shore which adds to the water clarity. But, that clarity requires extremely calm surf with no wind - otherwise the water is very murky.
Just north of Georgetown, the snorkelling at Cheeseburger Reef offers some of the most scenic reefs on Grand Cayman. The reef sits in water from 10 to 40 feet deep about 300-600 feet offshore. The reef is located in downtown Georgetown just offshore of a fast food restaurant (Burger King). There isn't much to see until you get far enough offshore to the reef During Cheeseburger Reef snorkeling, you may encounter turtles, stingrays, tarpon and reef sharks.
Just north of Georgetown, the snorkelling at the Wreck Of The Gamma offers the chance to swim around a half-submerged wreck. The Gamma is an old 200 foot long freighter that is partially submerged and is visible from shore. It is located just north of the Cali wreck on the north side of Georgetown. While many snorkelers access by boat, this is an easy shore-accessed dive spot.
Just north of Georgetown, the snorkelling at the Wreck Of The Cali offers a glimpse of an old 4 masted schooner. The MV Cali ran ashore with its load of rice in 1948. Legend has it that the ship literally exploded when the rice got wet and expanded. it is now encrusted with coral, sponges and sea fans.