Snorkeling Guide to Grand Cayman

Surrounded by turquoise waters with clear visibility, Grand Cayman is undoubtedly one of the best places to go snorkeling in the Caribbean. Whether you swim from the shore or join a boat tour to explore unique locations, you’re bound to uncover an underwater extravaganza. 

Rum Point Club is situated near some of the most idyllic snorkeling spots. Feel free to get in touch with us regarding our Rum Point Beach activities and equipment. Otherwise, we are ready to welcome you to Solis Restaurant and the Rum Deck for some food and drinks after your adventures.

Ready to dive in? Read our guide to snorkeling in Grand Cayman for the top tips and tricks.

Two snorkelers swim close to the surface above a coral reef, wearing masks and snorkels

Snorkeling safety in Grand Cayman

Snorkeling is one of the most easily accessible water sports and it doesn’t require any qualifications like scuba diving. However, it’s always advisable to adhere to general guidelines for safety. 

Firstly, it’s important that you are a strong swimmer if you plan to snorkel. If you are less confident in the water, stick to shallow areas and close to the shore. It’s also better to snorkel with other people or with a professional guide should you ever need help. You can also wear a flotation device for extra support.

Choose calm waters for easier swimming and stay away from beaches with rip currents. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about marine life in Grand Cayman as there are no dangerous sea creatures!

It’s safe for children above the age of five to snorkel, as long as they are experienced swimmers, making snorkeling a family-friendly activity.

Where to get snorkeling equipment in Grand Cayman?

Wherever you choose to go snorkeling in the Grand Cayman, there are plenty of stores available where you can rent equipment. 

If you’re visiting the North Side, you can come directly to the Rum Point Club to grab your masks, snorkels, fins, and vests. Our snorkeling equipment rentals come in a range of sizes and are available to rent per day or per week. 

Should you go snorkeling on the West Bay, our parent company, Red Sail Sports, offers equipment rentals at the Westin, while on the East End, you can get what you need from our sister company Tortuga Divers.

A man is snorkeling near coral reefs at Stingray City.

What you will see while snorkeling in Grand Cayman?

The waters of Grand Cayman are teeming with life. From kaleidoscopic coral reefs to an abundance of fish, you are sure to enjoy a close encounter with the marine world. You can expect to see everything from stingrays to starfish, and you may even come across a friendly nurse shark. 

There are also a handful of shipwrecks you can see while snorkeling, but most of these are accessible on a scuba dive.

Always remember to be respectful of the coral and marine life by admiring from a distance and refraining from touching anything. Find out more about what other sea creatures you may encounter with our blog on 9 Aquatic Animals You’ll See in Grand Cayman

Best snorkeling spots in Grand Cayman

Given the sheer number of snorkeling locations in Grand Cayman, it may be difficult to know where to start. Luckily, just about any spot you choose is guaranteed to deliver an incredible experience. 

Below are just some of the best places for snorkeling in Grand Cayman. For more ideas, check out our blog on the 10 best snorkeling spots in Grand Cayman.

Coral Gardens and Barrier Reef

Only accessible by boat, the Grand Cayman Barrier Reef and Coral Gardens offer an exceptional snorkeling experience in the North Sound. Abounding with corals, you can expect to see a diverse array of marine life here.

Three catamarans anchored in clear blue water with numerous people swimming and gathering around them

Snorkeling in Stingray City

Near the Barrier Reef in the North Sound, Stingray City earned its name for a reason. Brimming with stingrays, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience to go snorkeling with these friendly animals. You can only reach Stingray City by boat, and there are a number of boat excursions from Rum Point available. 

Snorkeling Cemetery Reef

At the northern end of Seven Mile Beach, Cemetery Beach is named after the cemetery located just behind it. Despite the name, it’s in fact one of the most captivating spots for snorkeling. You can swim to the coral reef, but this is typically only recommended for strong swimmers or experienced snorkelers. 

Snorkeling Eden Rock

Eden Rock is one of the most popular snorkeling locations in Grand Cayman thanks to its accessibility. Found on the shores of George Town, you can enter the water easily using a ladder. The water is relatively shallow too, making it perfect for beginners.

Snorkeling Starfish Point

Located near Rum Point, Starfish Point is one of the most unique snorkeling spots with its sands dotted with starfish. You can swim from the shore and find a number of starfish in the shallow waters. While you may want to take photos, it’s vital not to touch or remove the starfish from the water as this can harm them.

Snorkeling around the USS Kittiwake

One of the most thrilling snorkeling locations in Grand Cayman is the USS Kittiwake. This ship was deliberately sunk off the coast of Seven Mile Beach in order to create an artificial reef. While you can only visit the shipwreck on a boat tour, it’s easy to snorkel above it, with its highest point located 15 feet below the surface. Join Red Sail Sport’s Kittiwake and Reef Sail boat excursion to explore this magnificent snorkel site 

Green sea turtle underwater

Snorkeling Spotts Beach

If you want to see turtles, Spotts Beach is the place to go. Situated on the south side of the island, you don’t have to swim far from the shore to find some turtles chewing on the abundant sea grass. There are currents here, so it’s important to be a strong swimmer.

When to snorkel in Grand Cayman

If snorkeling or watersports is your main reason for visiting Grand Cayman, it’s best to plan your excursion between the months of December and April when the island experiences its dry season. While technically falling into winter, you’ll still experience sunny skies and warm temperatures averaging 80°F. 

It’s best to go snorkeling in the morning when the waters are their calmest and most clear. You also won’t run the risk of getting sunburnt! Choose weekdays for quieter snorkeling excursions when there are fewer boats on the water.

We hope this guide has answered your questions about all things snorkeling in Grand Cayman. If you want to find out about the other activities you can enjoy at Rum Point Club, from kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding, feel free to contact us.

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