Spanish Bay Reef Snorkeling

The 20th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.

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North of Georgetown at the northwest point of Grand Cayman, the snorkelling at Spanish Bay Reef offers up nice coral heads to explore. There is good access from a boat ramp located just to the west of Conch Point Beach Resort. The water close to the iron shore is about 10 feet but it drops off to almost 100 feet relatively quickly. It is best to snorkel here when the surf and winds are very calm, and you will be treated to very clear water.

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.

To reach the Spanish Bay Reef snorkel spot, you’ll need to start with a good map since there are a variety of roads and intersections required to reach the area near Conch Point Beach Resort. There is good access from either the nearby boat ramp or the resort itself. This snorkel dive is located to the east of the Schoolhouse Reef snorkel spot at Cobalt Resort.

Overall, Spanish Bay Reef is the 20th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 25 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Spanish Bay Reef including Turtle Reef, West Bay Beach, Herbies Place, Lighthouse Reef, Cayman Turtle Centre and Tabyanna BeachSchoolhouse Reef.

Grand Cayman Snorkeling (Photo: Lawson Wood)

Grand Cayman Snorkeling (Photo: Lawson Wood)

Spanish Bay Reef Snorkeling Map



Local Contact(s):  Cayman Islands Tourism (345) 949-0623; DiveTech (345) 946-5658; Sun Divers (345) 949-6606.

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; Eldemires Tropical Island Inn

Luxury Loding:  Westin Seven Mile Beach Resort (345) 945-3800; Margaritaville Beach Resort; Marriott Resort

Breakfast Restaurant:  Eats Cafe, Seven Mile; Cimboco Cafe, Seven Mile

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  19.394784, -81.394884

Date Published:  1/29/2018

Date Updated:  4/26/2018

ID:  25306

Spanish Bay Reef Snorkeling Map


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