Several beaches and dive sites around the Cayman Islands also happen to be great spots for snorkeling. Below is a list of our favorites, including sites not listed elsewhere in this guide.
- The Wreck of the Cali: Wreck sites aren't just for scuba divers. Just a short swim from George Town's shores, you will find the wreck of the Cali, sitting in shallow water and an easy snorkeling adventure. The wreck rests in 6m (20 ft.) of calm waters about 30m (98 ft.) offshore. Built in 1944, the Cali was a 66m (217-ft.) masted schooner that was labeled a shipping hazard in 1957. It was blown up by the British Corps of Army Engineers and has since been a popular snorkeling site. This is an especially intriguing site for snorkelers because it lies close to the shoreline. Its location in relatively shallow water also makes it relatively easy for snorkelers to explore, and it's richly rewarding because of its abundant marine life in rainbow-hued colors.
- Seven Mile Beach & Cemetery Beach: Many snorkelers staying on Grand Cayman snorkel off Seven Mile Beach because it's easily accessible from many resorts and rented villas and condos, and colorful reefs lie right offshore. The snorkeling near the Marriott and Westin resorts is excellent. To the north, Cemetery Reef and its public beach are good spots for underwater exploration. At Cemetery Reef we've seen shoals of parrotfish and sergeant majors and even the elusive reef shark.
- Devil's Grotto: Just south of Eden Rock, this popular Grand Cayman snorkeling site is a mere 45m (148 ft.) off Parrot's Landing Rock. You can wind your way through a series of long and intricate tunnels here. The fun begins at a depth of 3m (9 3/4 ft.). Tarpon are often seen at rest during daylight hours.
- The Wreck of the Captain Keith Tibbetts: Cayman Brac's celebrated diving site, a Russian frigate wreck, is also loved by snorkelers.
- Bloody Bay Wall: Little Cayman's fantastic diving attraction boasts some excellent spots for snorkelers who frequent many of the island's shallower dive sites. The best snorkel site is Jackson Point. Other interesting sites include the amusingly named Nancy's Cup of Tea, lying just west of Jackson Point.
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