The snorkeling in Grand Cayman is some of the best in the Caribbean and you'll find many great places across the island to mask and fin up. If you don't have access to equipment from your hotel/condo or didn't bring your own, we recommend renting snorkeling gear for your trip. Like in the Best Beaches in Grand Cayman article, we have put together an overview of snorkeling sites by area and a complete list of sites with map locator further below.
Snorkeling Overview by District
Seven Mile Beach has exceptional year-round visibility, soft sandy beach entrances, and shallow snorkeling which make it the most popular destination for snorkeling in Grand Cayman. Cemetery Beach is the star of the show here as it has the most developed reef structure in the SMB area. Before entering the water, look for the "shadowy" looking area as that is the reef. Governors Beach is a distant second place but certainly worth checking out with frequent turtle visits and occasional Spotted Eagle Ray sightings.
In the downtown George Town area is where you'll find the Wreck of the Cali, less than 100 yards off the coast between Rackam's and Divers Down. You can enter from either location with ladders into the water or you can have a go from the shore although you'll have to navigate through some ironshore.
In Sound Sound is Smith Barcardere (formerly Smith Cove), one of Grand Cayman's best snorkeling spots. The cove offers nice shallow snorkeling with schools of reef fish but more confident swimmers will want to venture out past the cove and follow the shoreline going either north or sound. For the adventurous snorkeler, we recommend exploring out past the shoreline, near the Grand Old House dock and to where the depth is about 25-30 feet, as you'll see the well established reef structure from above. NOTE: Be cautious of boat traffic and always snorkel with a buddy if freediving.
Spotts Beach in the Spotts Newlands section of Grand Cayman, is a favorite of locals and turtles can frequently be seen here. Prevailing winds can impact the visibility and bring in strong currents so it's best visited on a calm day.
In Bodden Town, Governor Russell Beach is worth mentioning but no fan favorite and the entrance will be a deterrent for many.
An absolute must for any Cayman resident or visitor is a trip to Rum Point and Cayman Kai. While in the area, you can visit the popular Wreck Bar & Grill at Rum Point or Kaibo in Cayman Kai for awesome food and drinks. Don't forget to check out Cayman Kai Public Beach for our favorite snorkel and Starfish Point, where you can interact with starfish in the shallow water.