Best Places to Snorkel on the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are one of the most popular travel destinations in the Caribbean. They offer the ideal environment for total rest and relaxation on the beach. You can dine, shop and discover something new every day, but if you want adventure more than you do a tan, go snorkeling. Check out shipwrecks, swim with turtles, snorkel with stingrays or catch a view of some sharks. There are too many excellent snorkeling locations to list here, but there are some you will not want to miss.

Visit Smith Cove on the south side of the islands. This is the greatest spot for exploring the coral reef. A great northern snorkeling location is the Grand Old House. There is less coral to see, but the fish you will meet are a treat for the eyes.

A variety of marine life like barracudas, octopus, tarpons, turtles, and stingrays are always ready to greet you at Devil’s Grotto, Rum Point, and Eden Rock. Barefoot Beach is a die-hard snorkelers secret. With incredible views at the top of the stone staircase leading down to the beach, you also get the feel of exclusivity when you step down past the palm-tree encircled cliff and snorkel at nearby Anchor Point.

Snorkel at the East End of the Grand Cayman to see real live sharks. This adventurous location does not have many dedicated snorkeling spots but, between Rum Point and Morritt’s Dock, you will catch these majestic creatures in the late afternoon and at dusk. Jackson’s Point, located on Little Cayman, is also a known spot to see several different sharks.

No good adventure would be complete without snorkeling through a shipwreck. Make sure to check out the Wreck of the Geneva Kathleen near Barefoot Beach. Don’t forget there are plenty more snorkeling spots besides these.

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