On the southshore of Cayman Brac, the snorkelling in Butterfly 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, fire coral, brain coral, star coral and pillar coral along with many types of sponges. During Butterfly Reef snorkeling, you may encounter blue tangs, squirrelfish, rockfish, parrotfish, wrasses, grouper, yellowtail, sergeant majors and turtles. The water depth is typically about 20-50 feet deep. The most popular way to access this dive site is from the shoreline.
After a long day of snorkeling at Butterfly 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 Butterfly Reef snorkeling dive site is located on the southwest shore of Cayman Brac just off of West End. 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, Butterfly Reef is the 15th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 18 snorkeling dives in Cayman Brac.