On the southshore of Cayman Brac, the snorkelling in Pillar Coral Reef is well known for its dense marine life off a spur and groove reef formation. There are several types of coral including elkhorn coral, star coral, pillar coral, brain coral and fire coral along with many types of sponges. During Pillar Coral Reef snorkeling, you may encounter parrotfish, blue tangs, squirrelfish, yellowtail, sergeant majors, rockfish, wrasses, grouper and turtles. The water depth is typically about 20-50 feet deep. The most popular way to access this dive site is by boat.
After a long day of snorkeling at Pillar Coral Reef, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at the Tipsy Turtle Pub on Cayman Brac.
To reach the snorkeling on Cayman Brac Island by air, you will fly into the Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) on Grand Cayman Island. Then, transfer to the inter-island airline to head to Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CKIA) on Cayman Brac 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 Pillar Coral Reef snorkeling dive site is located on the south shore of Cayman Brac to the east of West End and just before the Bat Cave. The best Cayman Brac snorkeling can be found year-round with typically high-clarity water. There is plentiful marine life with over 500 fish species including sergeant majors, parrotfish, barracuda, horse-eye jacks, moray eels, stingrays, turtles and occasional reef sharks. On Cayman Brac, there are two good dive shops, Dive Tiara Dive Shop and Reef Divers Cayman Brac, that can provide additional leads on snorkeling dive sites, boat tours and snorkel mask sets.
Overall, Pillar Coral Reef is the 16th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 18 snorkeling dives in Cayman Brac.