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So when we come down this time, I have my underwater Olympus TG820, and my GoPro. I'll be taking plenty of video. So besides thanking you for putting up this site, I guess a question would be have you snorkeled out in front of the Reef Resort? I've heard that there is some decent stuff there, but wanted to see if you have done it and see what you thought. Thanks, Geoff
For off the resort snorkeling, the area between the Morritt’s and Reef Resorts is not too shabby. Not much in the way of coral. but there is certainly plenty of fish and other marine life. Most folks enter near the pier at Morritt’s and ride the gentle current towards the Reef.
Plus, you are only a short drive easy from two excellent near shore snorkel sites in barefoot beach and Queen’s Monument/Connelly’s Cove.
HI! My wife and I are coming to Cayman in April. This is our 3rd time in a year. Finding this website was great. We've done just about all the snorkeling you can do on SMB, and I have been trying to find other spots around the island. These sites will keep us plenty busy in April, and In July when we return again this year. I went on YouTube looking for video from these spots and didn't really find anything outside of the usual spots (Eden Rock, Macabuca, Stingray City etc...)
Hi Testudo. I am a travel agent who is also a swimmer and I am bringing a group of 30 plus people from Texas to swim in the Flowers Sea Swim in June. Those of us who don't dive would like to get in some good snorkeling. We are staying at the Westin on SMB so is there anyplace nearby that we could perhaps swim to or walk to for snorkeling? We could also get a taxi and head to another place on the island if needed. We were there last yr but didn't get much snorkeling in. Thanks!
Governor’s Reef is a small patch reef, just off the Governor’s House next to the Westin. Not much coral. but plenty of fish. Good spot for photos and I usually see some Eagle Rays in the area just West of the reef.
Take the public bus to Cemetery Beach towards West Bay or in the other direction to George Town to snorkel Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto. All decent spots easily accessible from Seven Mile Beach. Cemetery has the advantage of a nice beach and Eden Rock/DG has the advantage of a more impressive snorkel experience.
greetings Testudo, We are a family with 5 kids ranging from 8 years to 18 years old. We lived in Hurgada, Egypt and are accustomed to easy to access red sea off shore snorkling retreats. We will be arriving by cruiseline and have several hours to snorkle in Grand Cayman. What do you recommend?
I don’t think you’ll find the quality of snorkeling you are accustomed to vis a vis the Red Sea, but there are a few quality areas easily available to cruise visitors.
The easiest and one of the better is Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto. A short walk from the cruise terminal, these sites offer a great opportunity to see some decent fish and marine life as well as a large coral mass. It is a bit deep in many spots, but would be my recommendation for a quick and easy snorkel.
From the Royal Watler terminal, hang a right and walk 1/4 mile to Paradise Bar an Grill or a bit further to Eden Rock dive shop and enter the water at the ladders (watch for Tarpon!). No charge for entry if you have your own gear and Eden Rock has lockers for rent.
Snorkeling Cayman Kai, Grand Cayman
Stayed at your condo on Grand Cayman last year and the snorkeling was fantastic from the shore. I see that you also have some online info on Roatan . How would you compare the two for ease of snorkeling from the shore and are the mosquitos as bad as advertised in Roatan. Stan Lewis
The snorkeling is easier in Roatan. The reef is very close to shore in West Bay and a good swim, about like the same as at Rum Point from the areas between West Bay and West End, along with Sandy Bay. The no-seeums were real bad, the mosquitoes were bad, but not bad enough to keep me from visiting again since the snorkeling was so good.
Hello Testudo! I had stayed at Cayman Beach Suites a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the clear, calm water and snorkeling right from the beach. I would now like to switch it up a bit and go more towards Rum Point. The Retreat is a bit expensive for us but On the Bay condos in Old Man seem reasonable. However, I am afraid about snorkeling from the beach. Is the water clear and good for snorkeling? Thank you!
On the Bay is near some good snorkeling sites, namely Queen’s Monument/Connolly’s Cove and a short drive to Barefoot Beach, Wonderland and Rum Point. I have not snorkeled off the shore in the immediate area there.
The water clarity is equally good all around the island. The areas with the reef closest to shore can have particulates that get funneled between the reef and shore that do reduce visibility, but it not the norm. Even if there is reduced visibility, it is nothing that will usually make snorkeling a no go 100 ft. viz maybe 20-40 ft. viz.