Smiths Cove Snorkeling

The 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.

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South of Georgetown on Grand Cayman Island, the snorkelling at Smiths Cove is known for it parrotfish, angelfish, peacock flounder and surgeonfish. The beach has a little swath of coral sand and is very popular with cruiseship tourists. Also known as Smiths Barcadere, this scenic cove is flanked by iron shore which adds to the water clarity. 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. Try snorkelling at Smiths Cove on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays for some peace to avoid crowds.

After a long day of snorkeling at Smiths Cove, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at Bar Jack or Tiki Beach.

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 24 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Smiths Cove including Sunset House, Eden Rock, Parrots Reef, Seaview Reef, Devils Grotto, Cheeseburger Reef, Wreck Of The Cali and .

Grand Cayman Snorkeling (Photo: Lawson Wood)

Grand Cayman Snorkeling (Photo: Lawson Wood)

Smiths Cove Snorkeling Map



Local Contact(s):  Cayman Islands Tourism (345) 949-0623; Cayman Turtle Divers (345) 938-0184; Ambassador Divers (345) 949-8839; Bob Soto Reef Divers (345) 949-2022

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Cayman Islands" from Lonely Planet

Recommended Map:  "Cayman Islands Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Dec. - May

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Sunset House (800) 854-4767; Eldemires Tropical Island Inn; Turtle Nest Inn, Bodden Town

Luxury Loding:  Westin Casuarina Resort (345) 945-3800; Margaritaville Beach Resort; Marriott Resort

Breakfast Restaurant:  Full of Beans Cafe, Georgetown (345) 943-2326

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  19.27638, -81.391402

Date Published:  7/23/2013

Date Updated:  1/28/2018

ID:  22955

Smiths Cove Snorkeling Map


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