Eden Rock Snorkeling

The 5th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.

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Just south of Georgetown, the snorkelling at Eden Rock Diving Center is very popular with tourist for its house reef. Also known as Devils Grotto or Don Fosters, there are living coral towers and underwater grottos. Eden Rock is a large chunk of limestone that is coated with coralline algae, sponges, sea fans and patches of living coral towers. It is laced with caves and sunlit caverns. Eden Rock snorkelers tend to see grouper, stoplight parrotfish, blue parrotfish, damselfish, trumpetfish, sergeant majors, yellowtail snapper, turtles and tarpon. The Eden Rock is located in 5 to 40 foot deep water roughly 200 feet offshore near the mooring buoys. The reef extends from about 150 to 250 feet offshore.

Eden Rock can be a crowded place for snorkelling at times. It is very popular with cruiseship tourists. Try snorkeling at Eden Rock on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays for some peace. Use the stairs cut into the ironshore to access the water. It is located at 124 South Church Street off the Eden Rock Diving Center. There is a ladder down into the 5 foot deep water. There are two buoys marking the marine park.

After a long day of snorkeling at Eden Rock, you might want to grab a refreshing drink at the adjacent Paradise Seaside Grill.

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.

The Eden Rock snorkeling dive site is located due west of the Owen Roberts International Airport. It is located north of the Devils Grotto snorkeling dive site. There is a dive shop right in the parking area.

Overall, Eden Rock is the 5th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Eden Rock including Smiths Cove, Sunset House, 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)

Eden Rock Snorkeling Map



Local Contact(s):  Cayman Islands Tourism (345) 949-0623; Eden Rock Diving Center (345) 949-7243

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Cayman Islands" from Lonely Planet

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

Best Season:  Dec. - May

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 http://www.caymanislands.ky/activities/snorkelling.aspx

GPS:  19.292974, -81.387472

Date Published:  4/4/2013

Date Updated:  1/28/2018

ID:  22979

Eden Rock Snorkeling Map


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