First let me say that snorkeling is an incredibly popular in Grand Cayman, an island in the Caribbean sea. To those who are new to this activity, it involves swimming through a body of water using a diving mask and snorkel. A snorkel is a curved tube that allows the you to breathe while remaining in the water. Regardless of your ages and skill sets, you don’t need to attend the training as SCUBA diving, but still have the same benefits, such as viewing marine life close up and for longer periods of time than swimming.
These are the best sites for snorkeling in Grand Cayman as per my experience.
Having been at Grand Cayman’s Turtle Farm twice, I found it so amazing. Located in West Bay, it is one of the simplest snorkeling destination where all rentals are available. The average depth is 15 and 40 feet, the Turtle Farm also offers a “Miniwall,” which is about 20 yards away from the water’s edge. In addition, there are 2 separate entrances for this site.
This is where I first saw rare marine creatures such as sea sponges and parrot fish. In this place, you can do snorkeling with many locals and tourists.
My friends and I came to this site in my 25th birthday celebration, this is a snorkeling site with a humorous moniker. Cheeseburger Reef is located in George Town, the capital of Grand Cayman. Situated next to a Burger King location, we just walked on sandy beach and then entered the water, swimming to the maker buoys. It has a depth of up to 40 feet, and a distance from the shore of up to 100 yards. This site is relative easy for all of us to discover as beginner. We and other snorkelers and divers witnessed a wonderful variety of fish in their natural habitat, as well as coral formations.
Devils Grotto and Eden Rock
I am happy for having an opportunity to snorkel at Devils Grotto and Eden Rock. They are popular snorkeling and diving sites situated on the outside area of George Town. Located quite close to shore, I and my fellow visitors here rented snorkeling equipment on site, which made the experience a simple one. Some of the most stunning coral in the Cayman Islands can be seen at Eden Rock and Devils Grotto. I noticed many tourists and locals enjoying feeding the fish in these areas, which is the perfect activity for families with young children.
A friend recommend this site to me. Beach Bay, which is located a short distance away from Grand Cayman’s Bodden Town. I think this place is slightly more difficult than other sites, and we had to bring our own equipment. It had no marker buoys and a depth of a little as 5 feet, and as much as 40 feet, Beach Bay was an interesting location on the shore of a small cove, at Pedro’s Bluff.
Grand Cayman’s Rum Point is a snorkeling site which I found to be great site for individuals of all ages. It is considered to be an easy location, Rum Point is accessible in many seasons of the year. If visiting this site, you can rent equipment easily nearby. At a distance of maximum 100 feet from the shore, this area is great for exploratory snorkeling. This site is also attract tourists by restaurants and beaches.
Barbados is well endowed with marine creatures such as sea sponges and parrot fish. It is great for nature lovers and exploratory snorkelers. I recommend this site for all nature lovers as it left some great memories in my mind.
Another options is Grand Turk which has a great reputation, though it still has the feel of an off-the-beaten-path destination in the Caribbean, this area is great for exploring snorkeling.
St. Martin/St. Marteen
This site has crystal-clear blue waters that surround the island shared by the French and Dutch. It offer some of the Caribbean’s best underwater visibility, making this a suitable place for snorkeling. Visibility is a matter of concerns snorkelers as it allows us to view some wonderful marine creatures improving our experience hence better satisfaction.
All the above are best snorkeling that I have found in Caribbean Grand Cayman, and I think you should consider this for your next vacations.