On the southwest shore of Cayman Brac, the snorkelling in Lighthouse 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, pillar coral, brain coral, star coral and fire coral along with many types of sponges. During Lighthouse Reef snorkeling, you may encounter grouper, yellowtail, sergeant majors, parrotfish, blue tangs, squirrelfish, rockfish, wrasses and hawksbilll 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 Lighthouse 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 Lighthouse Reef snorkeling dive site is located on the southwest shore of Cayman Brac and just southwest of the West End village. 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, Lighthouse Reef is the 14th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 18 snorkeling dives in Cayman Brac.