Turtle Reef Snorkeling

The 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.

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North of Georgetown at the northwest point of Grand Cayman, the snorkelling at Turtle Reef is known for its isolation and quiet compared to other dive sites on the island. The region has an iron shore which allows for very clear water. The reef starts right from shore and goes 60 feet out where a mini-wall dropoff starts. The water depth ranges from 15 to 40 feet deep. During Turtle Reef snorkeling, you may encounter butterflyfish, tangs, parrotfish, stingrays and sea turtles among the sponges and sea fans. Occasionally, there have been some hammerhead sharks frequenting the area, most likely due to the release of sea turtles from the Turtle Farm.

The Turtle Reef snorkelling is located about 1,000 feet north of the Cayman Turtle Centre (aka “Turtle Farm”). The best access for Turtle Reef is the small cove located near the intersection fo NW Point Road and Vixville Drive behind the westside of the Macabuca Tiki Bar (Cracked Conch Restaurant).

After a long day of snorkeling at Turtle Reef, you might want to grab a cool drink at the Macabuca Tiki 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.

The Turtle Reef snorkeling is located north of the Cemetary Reef snorkeling dive site and across the road from the Turtle Farm to the north. Some snorkelers will park at DiveTech to use their easy water access and snorkel all the way north up to Turtle Reef along the iron shore.

Overall, Turtle Reef is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Turtle Reef including Divemasters Choice, The Wife / Hole-In-The-Wall, Half Moon Bay, Lighthouse Reef, Schoolhouse Reef, Spanish Bay Reef and Lighthouse Reef.

Grand Cayman Snorkeling (Photo: Lawson Wood)

Grand Cayman Snorkeling (Photo: Lawson Wood)

Turtle Reef Snorkeling Map



Local Contact(s):  Cayman Islands Tourism (345) 949-0623; DiveTech (345) 946-5658

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Cayman Islands" from Lonely Planet

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

Best Season:  Dec. - May

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

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:  Eats Cafe, Seven Mile; Cimboco Cafe, Seven Mile

Reference Source:  click here http://www.caymanislands.ky/divecayman/

GPS:  19.382905, -81.417008

Date Published:  7/23/2013

Date Updated:  1/28/2018

ID:  22980

Turtle Reef Snorkeling Map


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