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. Most of the beginner and intermediate snorkelers stick to the reefs within 150 feet of the limestone shore where they can find parrotfish, sergeant majors, turtles angelfish and butterflyfish. This shore-accessed snorkeling spot is considered by many as the most beautiful on Grand Cayman.
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, Tiki Beach or the Wreck Bar at Rum Point.
To reach the snorkeling on Grand Cayman Island by air, you will fly into the Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM). 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 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 19 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman.