Snorkeling in the Cayman Islands

Reefs, Wrecks and Stingrays

Grand Cayman is one of the world's premier diving destinations. But you don't need a tank to discover the island's underwater treasures. At short swim from shore will bring you to colorful reefs and shallow shipwrecks, and dedicated snorkel boats visit many more sites, including world-famous Stingray City. Here, southern stingrays gather in clear, shallow water over a white sand bottom. The rays are neither shy nor aggressive; they glide among swimmers and waders, brushing silky-smooth wings against legs and gently slurping tasty fish bits from outstretched hands. Snorkelers can also follow the rays to a nearby coral reef that swarms with colorful tropical fish.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, solos, couples and families looking for watersports and adventures from soft to rugged and stingray encounters
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Mid 70s in winter to high 80s in summer. The rainy season runs from May to October, but precipitation does not affect diving conditions

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Snorkeling in The Cayman Islands Overview

The island's west end offers the best conditions to snorkel from shore. Boats provide access to additional sites that are a bit farther from shore. The Seven Mile Beach area is the starting point for boat trips to reefs and stingray encounters, which take place in shallow water at the mouth of North Sound.

Snorkeling in The Cayman Islands Tips

Popular sites on the island's west end can be crowded with cruise ships are in port. Schedule trips earlier or later to avoid the rush. If possible, schedule stingray trips during slack or incoming tides, which pull extremely clear waters in from the reef. Stick close to guides who are feeding if you want maximum contact with the rays. Move to the edge of the group if you are looking for the best photo ops in clear water.

Best Places to Snorkel in The Cayman Islands

The scattered remains of the Cali wreck sit in clear shallow waters near George Town Harbor. Eden Rock and Devil's Grotto provide swim throughs and lots of fish; a bronze mermaid resides at Sunset Reef. At Sandbar, stingrays swirl around waders toes, while nearby Stingray City and Stingray Alley are where snorkelers swim with the rays.

What to Pack for Snorkeling in The Cayman Islands

Since most stingray tours include both wading and swimming stops, bring both water shoes for the sandbar and snorkel gear for the coral reef. A waterproof shirt is advisable for sun protection. A selfie stick will allow you to get good underwater video of the rays while you are wading.

Specials

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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAREFREE CAYMAN PACKAGES include 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.

Available 7/24/21-10/23/21
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Sunset House

GRAND CAYMAN - 2021 SIZZLING SUMMER AND FALL SPECIAL includes 7 night Courtyard accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, welcome drink and gift, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Add Nitrox $87.50 per certified divers. For non-divers sharing, try the Discover Diving Course $75pp or the referral course for $175pp.

Travel 6/1/21-10/31/21. Book by 7/31/21.
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Sunset House

Grand Cayman SUNSET SUBMERSION WEEK includes 7-night stay in a room of choice, 4 days of 2 tank morning boat dives, Wreck of the Kittiwake dive, unlimited shore diving, underwater poker run, coral conservation talk, optional guided coral nursery dive, daily made to order breakfast, welcome cocktail party, movie & pizza night (with a surprise twist), Cayman Islands Distillery & Brewery Tour, sunset sail, farewell bbq & games night, special guest speakers (TBA), sponsors swag, sunset submersion t-shirt, free WiFi, taxes, service charges, and also includes donation to the Cayman ECO Divers Coral Conservation Fund.

Valid May 29 – June 5, 2021. Call 800.328.2288 for reservation and booking information.
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Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

GRAND CAYMAN - CHILLIN 'N CAYMAN – REDUCED RATES includes 5 nights Deluxe Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Red Sails Sports, 1-free Sunset Sail, hotel taxes and fees.

Additional Values of 10-50% discounts off rates when adding nitrox tanks, non-motorized watersports, night dives, and/or a Stingray City dive!

Valid 4/10/21-8/8/21. Rates from $1319 per person/double diver.
Valid 8/9/21-10/31/21. Rates from $1107 per person/double diver.

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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - CHILLIN ‘N CAYMAN DIVE PACKAGES include 7 nights Beach View accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives with Reef Divers, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.

Rates from $1595 per person/double diver are valid for travel 7/24/21-10/23/21.

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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CHILLIN ‘N CAYMAN DIVE PACKAGES includes 7 nights Pool View accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives with Reef Divers, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.

Rates from $1895 are valid for travel 7/24/21-10/23/21. Upgrade to an Ocean Front Room for $350 more per person/per diver.

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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

GRAND CAYMAN - CAYMAN ESCAPE DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Garden View accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, shore diving on resort's house reef off the dock (weather permitting) with Reef Divers, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.


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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

GRAND CAYMAN - CHILLIN ‘N CAYMAN DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Garden View accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, shore diving on resort's house reef off the dock (weather permitting) with Reef Divers, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.

Rates from $1495 per person/double diver valid 7/24/21-10/23/21. Upgrade to a Standard Room for $200 more per person/double diver, or upgrade to a 1-Bedroom Suite for $400 more per person/per diver.

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Compass Point Dive Resort

GRAND CAYMAN - CHILLIN 'N CAYMAN 7 NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 1 Bedroom Oceanfront or Poolside Deluxe accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Ocean Frontiers, breakfast daily, car rental for length of stay, hotel tax, and service charges.

Valid through 4/16/21 from $1840 per person/double diver.
Valid 4/17/21-12/17/21 from $1545 per person/double diver.

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Sunset House

GRAND CAYMAN - CHILLIN ‘N CAYMAN DIVE PACKAGE - $100 Dive Credit + $50 F&B Credit Per person includes 5 nights Courtyard Room accommodations, 4 days of 2-tank boat dives with Sunset Divers, unlimited shore diving, welcome drink and gift, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. (Additional nights/dives available on request).

Rates from $1274 per person/double diver valid for Travel through 4/17/21.
Rates from $1214 per person/double diver valid for Travel 4/18/21 -12/17/21.

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Sunset House

GRAND CAYMAN - 2021 SUMMER SPECIAL includes 7 night Courtyard accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, welcome drink and gift, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

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Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa

GRAND CAYMAN - CHILLIN 'N CAYMAN – 5TH NIGHT FREE – REDUCED RATES includes 5 nights Island View accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Red Sails Sports, 1-free Sunset Sail, hotel taxes and fees.

Additional Values of 10-50% discounts off rates when adding nitrox tanks, non-motorized watersports, night dives, and/or a Stingray City dive!

Valid through 4/18/21. Rates from $1678 per person/double diver.
Valid 4/19/21-8/14/21 & 11/1/21-12/20/21. Rates from $1356 per person/double diver.
Valid 8/15/21-10/31/21. Rates from $1052 per person/double diver.

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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - CAREFREE CAYMAN LATE SUMMER & FALL PACKAGES include 7 nights beach view accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.

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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

GRAND CAYMAN - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, shore diving on resort house reef, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

GRAND CAYMAN - CAREFREE CAYMAN LATE SUMMER & FALL PACKAGES include 7 nights beach view accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.

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Compass Point Dive Resort

EAST END - 7-NIGHT PACKAGES including choice of 1 or 2 -bedroom accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Ocean Frontiers, breakfast daily, car rental for length of stay, hotel tax, and service charges. Additional nights, 3 night and 5 night packages also available.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAREFREE CAYMAN LATE SUMMER & FALL PACKAGES include 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.

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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAYMAN DIVER PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, 5 days of 1-tank afternoon boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CLASSIC CAYMAN PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, 5 days of 1-tank afternoon boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including 3 drinks nightly (house beer or wine, well drinks or soft drinks), manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Resorts

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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - Cayman Brac Beach Resort is a small but modern two-story, oceanfront dive resort. The expansive grounds include al fresco bar with rooftop deck for watching sunsets, freeform pool, beach volleyball court, and plenty of room for individuals, couples, families, and dive groups to find personal space or enjoy being with friends. Chef-prepared buffet meals can also accommodate special dietary needs. Their Reef Divers dive shop is on property and close to all the rooms. Wonderful dive sites are short boat rides away and include diver favorite Tibbetts wreck plus incredible walls, canyons, and reefs with varied and abundant marine life. And weather permitting, guests will get to dive one morning in the nearby, world-famous Bloody Bay Marine Park off Little Cayman. Cayman Brac Beach Resort accepts Saturday arrivals and Saturday departures.
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Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

SEVEN MILE BEACH - Centrally located on world-famous Seven Mile Beach, Marriott's Grand Cayman Resort offers superior service and understated luxury in a relaxed atmosphere. All rooms are well-appointed and offer private balconies. Amenities include 4 restaurants, La Mer Spa, a beachfront pool, fitness center and a wide array of both land and watersports activities. Dive services are provided by Red Sail Sports offering a full array of watersports including dive excursions, dive instruction, snorkeling and sailing excursions, parasailing and more.
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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

GRAND CAYMAN - Cobalt Coast Resort is located in the quiet, residential area of West Bay and offers a variety of oceanfront and garden accommodations including traditional rooms, suites, and cottages with a focus on easily accommodate individuals, families, and groups of divers. With its convenient location near the northwestern tip of the island – reaching the iconic sites north and west of the island like the Kittiwake wreck and Stingray City via Reef Divers boats is quick and easy. Weather permitting, excellent shore diving on the house reef is available to guests, and the impressive North Wall is a short swim away. Although small guests will still enjoy amenities like a pool, jetted hot tub, elevated beach area, and al fresco bar and dining while overlooking the Caribbean. The shopping and nighttime entertainment for which Grand Cayman is known can be reached by nearby public transportation, cab or rental car. Cobalt Coast Dive Resort accepts Saturday arrivals and Saturday
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Compass Point Dive Resort

EAST END - Experience Grand Cayman’s tranquil East End from this beautiful oceanfront resort offering one, two and three bedroom condominiums with private patio or balcony. The resort also offers 2 freshwater swimming pools, a hot tub, BBQ pits, bikes and kayaks for guest use on a complimentary basis. Eagle Ray’s Dive Bar & Grill is located onsite and is open for lunch and dinner daily. PADI 5-Star dive operation Ocean Frontiers is located on site.
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Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa

SEVEN MILE BEACH - The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa offers 343 luxuriously appointed guest rooms amid lush tropical gardens with waterfalls and fountains, freshwater pools, whirlpools, restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating, lounges, 24-hour room service, swim-up pool bar, fitness center and luxury spa. Red Sail Sports is located onsite offering diving services.
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Sunset House

GEORGE TOWN - With tropical Colonial furniture and Wi-Fi access throughout the beautiful landscaped property, Sunset House is located on the water’s edge with excellent diving right offshore. Sunset Divers, the onsite dive operation, offers an exciting, professional, customer service-oriented staff.
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Wyndham Reef Resort

EAST END - Wyndham Reef Resort offers rooms right on the beach with sweeping, unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea. Comfortably furnished with colorful island decor, the Studios, 1- and 2-bedroom condos are perfect for families or couples. 152 spacious and comfortable condos offer beachfront bliss. Dining plans include the all-inclusive add on with all meals and drinks.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - You don’t have to go around the world to experience the quaint charm, intimate warmth, personalized, friendly services and world’s best diving you’ll find at Little Cayman Beach Resort. Everything you need for the perfect dive vacation is steps away from your pool view or oceanfront room – onsite Reef Divers dive shop, boat dock, and underwater photo center; pool with jetted hot tub, al fresco bar, new indoor/outdoor dining room with chef-prepared buffet meals, spa, and much more. Famous Bloody Bay Wall and numerous other dive sites with lush coral and abundant marine life are short boat rides away. And weather permitting, guests will get to dive one morning on the fabulous MV Captain Keith Tibbetts wreck and another great site off nearby Cayman Brac. Little Cayman Beach Resort accepts Saturday arrivals and Saturday departures.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for entry with one available page for entry stamps. No Visas are required for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Check the entry and exit requirements here.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Cayman Islands if you're coming from the U.S., Britain, or Canada. Please check with your doctor or visit the Center for Disease Control's website here for more information.

 

Culture and Customs

For almost as long as it has been a mecca for divers, Grand Cayman island has also served as an international hub of finance and banking. This has provided the island with one of the highest standards of living in the region. Upscale shops, galleries and modern office buildings line the streets of downtown George Town, while West Bay Road is lined by high-end beachfront resorts and the gateway facades of new residential developments. But these islands aren't just for the international elite. Not far from five-star dining, one can purchase a meal of jerk chicken and peas'n rice from a beachside shanty, or savor a cold draft and a game of dominoes with a crew of fishermen and dive masters. At trip to the island's eastern shore, or the palm-fringed shores of Rum Point is like stepping back in time, while a flight to the Sister Islands is a different world entirely. Social climbing on Cayman Brac means inviting someone to join you for a walk up the Bluff Road for panoramic island views from Deadman's Point. On even quieter Little Cayman, nightlife might involve a tumbler full of rum and a beachside hammock under the stars.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electrical current is 110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are standard and adapters aren't needed for U.S. and Canadian appliances.

Phone service is provided by Cable & Wireless. Check with your provider to see what rates apply or you will be subject to roaming charges.

There are many public WiFi hot spots on Grand Cayman and most hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Cayman water supplies piped water to the Seven Mile Beach and West Bay areas of Grand Cayman and is safe to drink by World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Cayman Brac supplies desalinated salt water and Little Cayman has its own water system. If you are unsure of the water quality, bottled water is also available for purchase.

Language & Currency

English is the official language. The local currency, is the Caymanian dollar, but the U.S. Dollar is used interchangeably. Credit cards are widely accepted. The Cayman Dollar is represented as CI and offers denominations o f $100, $50, $25, $10, $5, $1 and coins of 25 cents, 10 cents, 5 cents and 1 cent. Check the current exchange rate here.

Time

The Cayman Islands are on Eastern Standard Time (EST) and do not observe Daylight Savings Time. The Caymans are 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

The Cayman Islands are comprised of 3 islands and are a British Overseas Territory located in the Western Caribbean. They are located South of Cuba and Northwest of Jamaica. Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands, lies in the far Western Caribbean, 480 miles south of Miami and occupies 76 square miles. The sister islands of Cayman Brac (14 square miles) and Little Cayman (10 square miles) are 89 miles to the northeast of Grand Cayman. Grand Cayman is approximately 22 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point. Cayman Brac is 12 miles long and just over a mile wide and has the most dramatic topography of the trio. Little Cayman, only 10 miles long and a mile wide, is flat, reaching a maximum elevation of 40 ft. The three islands are limestone outcroppings, the tops of a submarine mountain range called the Cayman Ridge, which extends west southwest for the Sierra Maestra range off the southeast part of Cuba to the Misteriosa Bank near Belize. The population of the Cayman Islands is 60,764 (2016).