Rum Point Beach Snorkeling
The 8th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.
Tuesday 1 May 2018 06:30 GMT
Northeast of Georgetown and north of Boddentown on the northeast point, the snorkelling at Rum Point is known for its coral heads, sea whips and plentiful marine life. There are plentiful staghorn corals, brain corals and star corals. Located within a marine reserve, there are five distinct snorkeling zones covering an expansive area that is worthy of numerous dives. In addition to the sand flats with occasional coral heads near shore, there is a fringe barrier reef off the east coast of the Rum Point Club. In this beach-accessed snorkeling site, the water is protected from an offshore reef and the water depth ranges from 15 to 40 feet deep. The main reef formations are from 60 feet to 300 feet offshore. Most of the beginners and families stay just right of the pier infront of the Rum Point Club Restaurant. During Rum Point snorkeling, you may encounter yellowtail snapper, eagle rays, southern stingrays, yellow stingrays, baraccuda, grunts, butterflyfish, trumpetfish, triggerfish, angelfish, blue tangs, black durgeon, starfish and eagle rays.
While beginners may stick near the docks, the stronger experience snorkelers may wish to head further offshore to the southeast of the point out to the barrier reef. Just make sure to watch out for the strong currents. There can be strong current in the channels and beyond about 300 feet offshore. Plus, there can be heavy watersports traffic in the region. The Red Sail Sports shop does have compimentary diver-down flags that you can borrow. One popular drift dive is from the Cayman Kai public beach access point (which has a very rocky entry) and float out to the reef heading north towards Rum Point.
After a long day of snorkeling at Rum Point Beach, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at the Wreck Bar at Rum Point or the Kaibo Beach Bar in Water Cay.
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 Rum Point snorkeling dive site is located on the east side of the island off the Rum Point Resort. To reach the Rum Point snorkeling, head to the North Side and follow North Side Road west. This turns into Rum Point Drive. Continue west on Rum Point Drive to the Rum Point Club. There is a marked public access trail marked by a road blue and white sign that leads to the snorkelling at Rum Point Beach.
Overall, Rum Point Beach is the 8th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman.