The snorkeling in Cayman Islands is well known worldwide. There are numerous Cayman Islands snorkeling spots that are worth checking out. Select one of the regions below to get additional information.
Of the northshore of Cayman Brac Island, the snorkelling at Buccaneer Beach provides an easy snorkel to see small coral formations and abundant marine life. The Buccaneer Beach snorkeling, along with the entire northshore, gives views of pristine and little explored underwater scenery.
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.
Of the northshore of Little Cayman Island, the snorkelling at Lea Leas Lookout site is considered one of the best on Little Cayman Island. During Lea Leas Lookout snorkelling, you may encounter hawksbill turtles, sponges, coral and diverse reef fish. The Lea Leas Lookout snorkeling is located northeast of South Town and the airport on the northshore.
North of Georgetown at the northwest point of Grand Cayman, the snorkelling at Lighthouse Reef is popular for coral heads and clear water of an ironshore. The Lighthouse Reef snorkeling spot is located about a half mile south of the Cayman Turtle Centre (aka “Turtle Farm”). The best access for Lighthouse Reef is the small cove located at the DiveTech dive shop. There is a small manmade cove with stairs and a ladder the provides easy entry down the ironshore line. The surf needs to be very calm with little wind to enter and have great clarity. One of the favorite underwater sights off the ironshore here is the Gardian Of The Reef statue.
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.
East of Georgetown in the East End, the snorkeling at South Channel Garden offers a scenic spur and groove reef formation to explore. Since it's pretty shallow, the best South Channel Garden snorkeling is near high tide. At this boat-accessed snorkel spot, you may encounter angelfish, sergeant majors, cowfish and occasional reef sharks among the elkhorn and brain coral formations.
North of Georgetown at the northwest point of Grand Cayman, the snorkelling at Turtle Reef is known for its isolation and quiet compared to other dive sites on the island. There are scattered coral formations about 60 feet offshore where a mini-wall dropoff starts. The region has an iron shore which allows for exceptionally clear and colorful water but there really isn't much to see in the 10 to 25 foot deep waters.
North of Georgetown at the north end of Seven Mile Beach, the snorkelling at Cemetery Beach Reef is known for its seclusion, especially relative to the other dive sites around the island. The beach is particularly scenic with its huge Australian pines. This patchy reef has scattered coral heads of average health that have plenty of reef fish and occasional resting nurse sharks or sea turtles.
Of the northshore of Little Cayman Island, the snorkelling at Bloody Bay Marine Park is known for its coral cliff, Three Fathom Wall. At this coral cliff about 900 feet offshore, snorkelers approach in 18 foot deep water and then look over Three Fathom Wall down 1,000 feet. The Bloody Bay Marine Reserve covers one-third of the north shore of Little Cayman.
On the southwest side of Little Cayman, the snorkelling in Preston Bay is good for beginner snorkelers. Preston Bay has sand flats with dense marine life in about six feet of water. At this shore-accessed snorkeling site, the water visibility while snorkelling Preston Bay is roughly 30 to 50 feet of water. During a Preston Bay snorkeling dive, you may encounter bonefish, silversides, jacks and conchs.