Morritts - Reef Resort Snorkeling
The 10th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.
Wednesday 2 May 2018 06:50 GMT
Off the protected East End of Grand Cayman, there is a fun drift dive between the Morrits Resort and the Wyndham Reef Resort. This drift dive is along a regular east to west current inside the protective fringing reef. The best place to start is located off White Sand Watersports beach with a swim about 200 feet offshore to catch the current, then continue northwest towards the Morritts Resort pier staying about 100 feet beyond the pier. Next, continue northwest towards the Wyndham Reef Resort pier staying about 100 feet off as well. Make sure not to get too far out since there is a channel cut in the fringing reef beyond that pier which has a strong outward current. After the pier, start angling in to shore before the end of the last blue roofed building of the Wyndham Reef Resort. It’s about a 0.8 mile drift snorkel that takes about 25 mintues! Even though there is a protective fringing reef, it is still best to only snorkeling here when the surf is calm and wind is low. While snorkeling, you may encounter a infrequent yellowtail snapper, sergeant major, angelfish, yellow stingray and hawksbill turtle among the occasional rocks, sea grass and purple sea fans. Also, you’ll want to check the status of the Saragassum sea weed flows before snorkeling here, since it can be overwhelming at certain times of year like late Spring and early Summer.
While there is a protective fringe reef about 700 feet offshore, these East End waters are known for strong currents and surges so all snorkelers need to exercise extreme care. Matter of fact, every year there are several drownings due to the difficult conditions are you head offshore. In addition, there are a variety of watersports activities inside the reef, so definitely use a diver-down flag and snorkel with a buddy.
If the drift dive seems a little much for you, you’ll find many beginners and families exploring the water under the Morritts pier where fish catching food from the pier have been hanging out. Unfortunately, neither the Morritts pier or the Wyndham Reef Resort pier have ladders down to the water, which is a six foot drop. The Tortuga Divers shop near the pier does rent snorkel gear and can provide advice. The shallow area right around the pier has scattered coral formations with sea fans and plenty of reef fish which the kids will enjoy. There is good snorkeling to be found to the right and to the left of the pier, with the right side being better.
After a long day of snorkeling, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at Tukka Beach Bar centrally located midway down the East End, or head to Eagle Rays Dive Bar at Compass Point Resort.
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, Morritts - Reef Resort is the 10th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 25 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Morritts - Reef Resort including Queens Monument, South Channel Garden, Sunrise-Noon-Sunset, Barefoot Beach and Anchor Point.