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I've just discovered your site, Testudo. Thanks very much for sharing your insights! My family will be visiting the island on a cruise ship for one day only, and would love to find a snorkel place accessible from the cruise terminal in Georgetown. Somewhere we can just get in from the shore, without having to pay those high excursion rates! Some of us will need equipment rental as well. A bonus would be a beach location or area where we could relax afterward as well. Any suggestions?
Anonymous

Eden Rock, right in the port area is the best snorkeling from shore in the Seven Mile Beach area.  No beach, but easy to get to, free unless you need to rent gear, near downtown so lots of eating anf drinking options within walking distance.

Governor’s Beach is a short taxi or minibus ride from port.  Great beach and near the Westin for refreshments.  A small patch reef is just offshore that while pretty beat up, still has a great amount of marine life.

Cemetery Beach is a bit further up West Bay Road and provides another fantastic beach with a bit better snorkeling than Governors, but further from shore.  Not much in the way of amenities, but there are a few beach bars a 10-15 minute walk down the beach, back towards port.

Heading to Ritz on GC on Sat. 071914 for a week. Have a 6yr old. any place close to the resort for a beach entrance reef to take him for his first snorkel tour?
Anonymous

A walk down to the Marriott might be your best best.  There are artificial reef balls placed just off shore that should be great for an intro to snorkeling for a youngster.  Plenty of fish, calm and shallow water close to shore.

Hi Testudo, First off thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience with us all. Choosing both Grand Cayman and Sea Lodges as our vacation spot was mostly due to the information gathered here. My question is: Where is a good ( and safe) place to snorkel with a receding or at low tide? Thanks again!!
Anonymous

My sincere pleasure.  Tides, including the season tides (Spring and Neap), usually do not present much difference in the way of ability to snorkel a location or not.  The only spot I recommend absolutely visiting at a high-tide is North Side Wonderland, else you risk hitting corals.  Barefoot Beach and Queen’s Monument are also better at High Tide for similar, but less pronounced reasons.    

Tides can play a factor when swimming to and from the North Side Barrier Reef in terms of swimming with or against on the way out and/or in.  So if not a strong swimmer, keep that in mind.

Viva Snorkel!

Testudo

Hi ya Turtleman! I am coming to visit your island in the beginning of October Snorkeling is my passion I stay in Roatan and visited Glovers Atoll I have two choices of location I will have a car Coral Sands near Seven Mile Beach or Morritts Grand Resort near Rum Point. I will travel the island. 2 wk stay. Any suggestions for which might be a location nearest best snorkeling spotssss. Thanks Wonder Woman
Anonymous

Both lodgings will have relatively the same level of snorkeling right off the shore, with the edge to Morritt’s having access to the reef.  Morritt’s will have the nicer beach, but will be a bit more isolated/less developed (if you liked Roatan, it would be like staying on a cross between West Bay and Sandy Bay) and Coral Sands will be located pretty much in the start of the downtown George Town area and all the goings on there (plenty of dinning options walk-able or close by and the option to use the public bus system to get around).

Morritt’s will be closer to the snorkel sites in the blog (IMO the best on Grand Cayman), while Coral Sands will be closer to the guide book snorkel sites like Eden Rock, Smith Cove, Cemetery beach, the Wreck of the Cali, etc…).  Based on your travel history mentioned, I’d suggest Morritt’s.  You would need to rent a car if staying at Morritt’s and to visit the sites mentioned in the blog if staying at either.

Viva Snorkel!

Testudo

Just returned from a family trip to Grand Cayman / Rum point and had a wonderful time. We will have lots of pictures / video to share if anyone is interested. Stayed at The Retreat and it was super easy to do all the Rum Point snorkels mentioned in this guide. Even the Rum Point dock was fun where this picture was taken. Saw a couple of turtles, the big a** parrot fish and a seemingly huge barracuda along with the myriad of tropical fish. Thanks Testudo for this great site. 
Hey Mike,
Thanks for the pictures and feel free to post more or any advice and comments you have on the snorkeling.
I imagine we crossed paths, as we have been at the Retreat this past week.  I got to see a large Green sea turtle right in the cove shallows during a night snorkel. Pretty surreal!
Cheers,
Testudo

Just returned from a family trip to Grand Cayman / Rum point and had a wonderful time. We will have lots of pictures / video to share if anyone is interested. Stayed at The Retreat and it was super easy to do all the Rum Point snorkels mentioned in this guide. Even the Rum Point dock was fun where this picture was taken. Saw a couple of turtles, the big a** parrot fish and a seemingly huge barracuda along with the myriad of tropical fish. Thanks Testudo for this great site. 

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the pictures and feel free to post more or any advice and comments you have on the snorkeling.

I imagine we crossed paths, as we have been at the Retreat this past week.  I got to see a large Green sea turtle right in the cove shallows during a night snorkel. Pretty surreal!

Cheers,

Testudo

Do you have any idea how choppy the water is out at barefoot and queens today? Considering making the trip today even though they are calling for rain. Thanks
Anonymous

Nope. But the water off Run Point is fine, so I’d surmise it would be fine a bit East of here as well.

Hello. We are heading to do the reef route from the beach to the east of cayman Kai to the coral gardens tomorrow. It poured all day today and am just curious since it is such a long route if the rain will affect the water tomorrow if it is nice and sunny tomorrow. Thanks for the info on advance.

The water is usually a bit more clear out by the reef, but can still be affected by halocline or reduced viz due to the turbidity.  I was out there today after the rains and the viz was OK, but certainly reduced due to the rain.