Snorkeling in Grand Cayman

The calm waters off Sunset House make for great snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities on the island, with crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life, and colorful coral reefs making it an unforgettable experience. There are numerous snorkeling spots around the island, but this piece will focus on fourt of the best (and local favorites): Eden Rock, Smith Cove, Cemetery Beach and Sunset House.

Eden Rock

Located in George Town, Eden Rock is a popular snorkeling site for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. This spot is perfect for those who want to explore underwater caves, tunnels, and swim-throughs. The marine life at Eden Rock is abundant and diverse, with colorful fish, sea turtles, and other sea creatures swimming around the vibrant coral reefs.

Note from a local: This snorkeling spot is right off the cruise ship dock in George Town, so its very accessible to cruise ship visitors. The Eden Rock Dive shop is right next to it so if you don’t have gear, you can always rent.

The water at Eden Rock is clear and calm, making it ideal for snorkeling. The reef starts in shallow water and extends out to a depth of around 40 feet. There is a ladder for easy access to the water, and plenty of rental gear is available nearby. Eden Rock is a great spot for families who love snorkeling as an activity.

Smith Cove

Smith Cove is a beautiful, secluded beach located on the southern coast of Grand Cayman. This snorkeling spot is popular with locals and tourists alike, thanks to its calm waters and impressive coral formations. The beach itself is small but picturesque, with soft white sand and crystal-clear water.
Note from a local: You have to swim out of the cove to explore the areas but please be aware that the water can sometimes be rough.

The snorkeling at Smith Cove is excellent, with a diverse range of marine life to be found in the coral reefs. Snorkelers can spot a variety of fish, including parrotfish, sergeant majors, and blue tangs. There are also sea turtles that frequent the area, so keep an eye out for these creatures!

Cemetery Beach

Located on the northern coast of Grand Cayman, Cemetery Beach is another popular spot for snorkeling. This beach is quieter than some of the other snorkeling sites on the island, with fewer crowds and a more relaxed atmosphere. The water at Cemetery Beach is clear and calm, with excellent visibility for snorkeling.

The reef at Cemetery Beach is diverse and colorful, with an array of coral formations and marine life. Snorkelers can spot schools of colorful fish, sea turtles, and even stingrays in the shallow waters. The beach itself is also beautiful, with soft white sand and calm waters for swimming and lounging.

Note from a local: The reef is about a 100 feet swim from the beach so this spot is ideal for good swimmers. Although there is marine life right next to the beach, on a large rock formation, so if you are not a good swimmer, please stay in this rock formation area.

Grand Cayman offers some of the best snorkeling opportunities in the Caribbean, with numerous sites to explore. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced snorkeler, there is something for everyone on this beautiful island. Eden Rock, Smith Cove, Cemetery Beach and Sunset House are just a few of the top spots to check out, offering stunning coral formations and diverse marine life for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

Sunset House Mermaid

Sunset House

Sunset House is known for its incredible underwater statue park, which is located just off the shore. The park is home to a variety of sculptures, including a mermaid. The statues are made of eco-friendly materials and have been designed to encourage the growth of coral and other marine life.

Apart from the Mermaid statue, Sunset House’s snorkeling site is also home to a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and even the occasional reef shark. The water is typically clear and calm, with excellent visibility for snorkeling. The reef is quite shallow and starts just a few feet from the shore, making it easy to access for snorkelers of all levels.

Note from a local: This is the best place to snorkel (or even go diving) at the end of a work day because you can have a beer and dinner right afterwards! Great place to hang out with friends and family. Food is a little pricey but the view makes up for that!

In addition to the excellent snorkeling, Sunset House also offers a range of other amenities for visitors, including a pool, bar, and restaurant. There are also plenty of rental gear available, including snorkels, masks, fins, and vests. Overall, Sunset House is an excellent choice for snorkelers looking for a unique and unforgettable experience on Grand Cayman.