Cemetery Reef Snorkeling
The 4th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.
Thursday 8 February 2018 06:22 GMT
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. The reef formations range from 60 to 300 feet offshore and are marked by a buoy. The best part of this patchy reef is located about 300 feet offshore in 10 feet to 40 feet deep water. Surrounding the large coral heads and elkhorn coral formations, you’ll find plentiful reef fish along with resting nurse sharks and sea turtles. During Cemetary Reef snorkeling, you may encounter sergeant majors, yellowtail snapper, bermuda chub and grunts. Some snorkelers have been feed the colorful fish for years, so they may swarm you when you arrive. Also, this dive site is known for occasional strong currents, so exercise care. Even further offshore, there is the marked wreck of the USS Kittiwake in 65 foot deep water.
After a long day of snorkeling at Cemetary Reef, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at Macabuca Tiki Bar behind the Cracked Conch Restaurant just north of the Cayman Turtle Centre.
To reach the snorkeling on Grand Cayman Island by air, you will fly into the Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM). There are regular flights from Houston, Dallas and Miami. There are regular flights from Houston, Dallas and Miami. Once on Grand Cayman Island, the snorkeling dive sites are easily accessed by renting either a scooter or jeep, both of which are common means of transportation on the island. There is also a public bus that covers most regions of the island. When departing the Cayman Islands, there is a departure tax of $37.50USD. This tax may be included in the airline ticket, but you will want to verify in advance.
The Cemetery Reef snorkeling dive site is located south of the Turtle Reef dive site at the northern end of Seven Mile Beach. The Cemetary is easily found on West Bay Road at the intersection with Cemetary Road and across from the West Bay Fire Station.
Overall, Cemetery Reef is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman.