Lighthouse Reef Snorkeling
The 20th most popular snorkel dive spot in Grand Cayman.
Wednesday 2 May 2018 07:01 GMT
North of Georgetown at the northwest point of Grand Cayman, the snorkelling at Lighthouse Reef is popular for coral heads and clear water of an ironshore. The Lighthouse Reef snorkeling spot is located about a half mile south of the Cayman Turtle Centre (aka “Turtle Farm”). The best access for Lighthouse Reef is the small cove located at the DiveTech dive shop. There is a small manmade cove with stairs and a ladder the provides easy entry down the ironshore line. The surf needs to be very calm with little wind to enter and have great clarity. One of the favorite underwater sights off the ironshore here is the Gardian Of The Reef statue. It is possible to drift dive towards the north all the way to the Turtle Reef snorkel spot off Macabuca Tiki Bar, where there is a ladder out of the water right into the bar!
After a long day of snorkeling at Lighthouse Reef, you might want to grab a cool drink at the Macabuca Tiki Bar.
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.
Overall, Lighthouse Reef is the 20th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Grand Cayman. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Lighthouse Reef including Turtle Reef, West Bay Beach, Herbies Place, Tabyanna Beach, Schoolhouse Reef and Spanish Bay ReefJumping Jack / Las Rocas.