You don’t have to be a diver to get a close-up view of the island’s marine life; snorkelling in Grand Cayman can be an equally memorable experience. Water visibility is excellent (up to 150 feet) and the waters warm (averaging around 84°F in summer and 78°F in the winter). The reefs are close to shore and the fish plenty and colourful.
Snorkelling is possible at most of Grand Cayman’s beaches but the following locations are particularly rewarding:
|Cemetery Reef||Shallow reef. Lots of marine life.|
|Eden Rock & Devil's Grotto||¼ mile south of Cruise Ship Terminal. Enter by Eden Rock Diving Centre. Reef 20 – 50 yards from shore. Tarpon, sergeant majors, coral heads, tunnels and caves. Busy. Also popular with divers.|
|Smith Cove||Restrooms and picnic tables. 1.5 miles south of Cruise Ship Terminal, just past the Grand Old House. Shaded, protected cove, easy entry into the water. Elkhorn coral.|
|Stingray City||One of Grand Cayman's most popular attractions.|
|Turtle Reef||Close to the Cracked Conch by the Sea. Lots of parrot fish. Not too busy.|
|Wreck of the Cali||Wreck of a freighter. Access by Rackham's. Close to shore. Lots of marine life including tarpon, octopus and corals.|