Starfish Point Snorkeling
The 19th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.
Friday 4 May 2018 07:01 GMT
Northeast of Georgetown and north of Boddentown near Rum Point, the snorkeling at Starfish Point is popular for its namesake marine life. While this spot used to be a secret, the word is out and it is quite crazy here during the weekdays. Especially distrubing are the numerous waverunner tour groups which coming into shore very fast without watching for snorkelers. It’s kind of sad what has happened here to the formerly peaceful destination in light of the overcrowding. The government really needs to step in and limit the tour groups and the boat moorings.
Also known as Finger Kai, the shallow sand flats are home to plentiful starfishes which accumulate in knee deep water. It is imporant to remember to always KEEP THE STARFISH IN THE WATER. Removing them from the water is harmful to their skin. While snorkeling at Starfish Point, you may encounter camo starfish, bright red starfish, yellow starfish, stingrays and upsidedown jellyfish resting on the sandy bottom. In addition to the upsidedown jellyfish resting in the sand, there are small sea thimble jellyfish floating near the water surface, which can be harder to see. For advanced snorkelers, this dive spot is a popular site for a drift dive on the current running from Rum Point. The water depth along the way ranges from 3 to 10 feet deep.
After a long day of snorkeling, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at the Kaibo Beach Bar right there 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 Starfish Point snorkeling dive site is located on the east side of the island off Water Cay. To reach the Starfish 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. Turn left on Water Cay Road to the end at Starfish Point. This is also a popular boat-accessed snorkeling spot for tours coming from Stingray City.
Overall, Starfish Point is the 19th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman.