Anchor Point Snorkeling

The 19th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.

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On the east end of Grand Cayman, the snorkelling at Anchor Point is known for its offshore sulphur and steam plumes rising from the seafloor. These sulphur and steam plumes create a habitat for some unusual plant growth. It is located just west of Barefoot Bay snorkeling spot. Near shore, there are turtle grass beds in sand flats for the first 300 feet from shore, then there are reefs in water from 4 to 8 feet deep. The scattered coral heads consist of brain coral, star coral and elkhorn coral. With a barrier reef offshore, there is usually no surf or current. During Anchor Point snorkeling, you may encounter tarpon, scorpionfish, snapper, grunts, black durgon, rockfish and sea turtles.

After a long day of snorkeling at Anchor Point, you might want to grab a cool, refreshing drink at Tukka Beach Bar centrally located midway down the East End.

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 Anchor Point snorkeling dive site is located on the East End of the island on Queens Road. If it is still there, there is an old Barefoot Gardens Villa sign for an old proposed resort, which is about 3.25 miles from the intersection with Frank Sound Road, and the beach access is about 1000 feet prior to this property (unsigned and can be easily missed). There is NO roadside parking anymore since it has overgrown, so you may have to park further east at the very small roadside parking for Barefoot Beach and walk back west via the road or along the beach.

Overall, Anchor Point is the 19th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 25 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Anchor Point including Queens Monument, South Channel Garden, Barefoot Beach, Sunrise-Noon-Sunset and Morritts - Reef Resort.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  Cayman Islands Tourism (345) 949-0623; Ocean Frontiers Snorkel Boat (345) 640-7500; Tortuga Divers (345) 947-2097; Cayman Turtle Divers (345) 938-0184.

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Cayman Islands" from Lonely Planet

Recommended Map:  "Cayman Islands Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Dec. - May

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Sunset House (800) 854-4767; Cayman Diving Lodge (345) 947-7555; Eldemires Tropical Island Inn

Luxury Loding:  Wyndham Reef Resort East End (345) 947-3100; Compass Point Dive Resort (345) 947-0000

Reference Source:  click here http://www.caymanislands.ky/activities/snorkelling.aspx

GPS:  19.354095, -81.133844

Date Published:  1/27/2018

Date Updated:  5/2/2018

ID:  25303

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