South of Georgetown on Grand Cayman Island, the snorkelling at Smiths Cove is known for it parrotfish, angelfish, peacock flounder and surgeonfish. 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 ...
South of Georgetown on Grand Cayman Island, the snorkelling at Smiths Cove is known for it parrotfish, angelfish, peacock flounder and surgeonfish. 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. Even with the clarity, there really isn't much to see near shore. The best Smiths Cove snorkeling is several hundred feet offshore. This shore-accessed snorkeling spot is considered by many as the most beautiful on Grand Cayman. The good snorkeling starts about 60 feet off the limestone shore and it extends out to 150 feet. You can usually find parrotfish, sergeant majors, turtles angelfish and butterflyfish. Beginners may enjoy snorkeling left (south) from the cove along the shore in the shallows.
The 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. Experienced snorkelers at Smith Cove can try heading straight out of the cove for about 600 feet to the edge of the coral reef to depths of 35 feet and you may see stingrays, nurse sharks and hawksbill turtles.
The Smiths Cove is located about 1.5 miles south of Georgetown. It is located on South Church Street in the South Sound. There is a large signed parking lot across the street. Try snorkelling at Smiths Cove on weekend mornings for some peace and avoid cruise crowds.
After a long day of snorkeling at Smiths Cove, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at Sunset House's My Beach Bar.
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. 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.
Overall, Smiths Cove is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 25 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Smiths Cove including Eden Rock, Sunset House, Wreck Of The Gamma, Cheeseburger Reef and Wreck Of The Cali.
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