Snorkeling Around Cayman Brac

If you're planning to visit Cayman Brac, you already know about the peaceful and natural setting that is so loved by visitors looking to get away.  What you may not know about is that the waters that surround the island are highly celebrated for a rich diversity of sea life and it is highly recommended you bring your snorkeling gear along to explore it.

Conditions are great here, with typical water temperatures ranging from 78 to 86 degrees.  Most days are calm, but even when bad weather kicks up the sand and the surf is a little rough there are a few sites that make snorkeling still possible including Buccaneer Beach.  Even so, if you are not a strong swimmer it is always recommended that you remain cautious and don't snorkel if you have any doubts.  Most snorkeling is done from the shore without a guide.  Do bring swim shoes, because there are some rocky spots along the shore that can be painful to navigate without them.

Most will point you to snorkeling off the north coast of the island, especially at West End because the coral is formed so close to the shore.  Some of the named snorkeling sites along this coast include the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, Snapper Reef, and the Rock Monster Chimney.  You'll find these and many more generally located between Bight Road Trail North Coast and Stake Bay.  

Along the south coast there are three very good snorkeling sites called Pillar Coral Reef, Fry Cave, and Hedy's Reef all very near one another that are teeming with sea life.  These sites are a little deeper than those along the north coast, around 20 to 50 feet deep, but you can still find some interesting creatures in the shallows.

So what is it exactly you can expect to see in these waters?  Towering coral heads, sponges, black coral, gorgonians, sea fans the remains of ship wrecks, stingrays, sea horses,  and even sharks among the typical offering of brightly colored reef fish. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to exploring below the water's surface you might want to visit Buccaneer Beach. This site is great because there is so much variety for snorkelers. A small protected pool is home to small fish flitting about, but there is also a reef filled with fish, turtles, rays, and sometimes sharks. This snorkeling site is located in West End, in the western part of Cayman Brac.

Some basic details about 3 of the most popular locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area are listed in the chart below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Cayman Brac
Site Location
Buccaneer Beach 0.5 mi. West of Central West End
Sea Feather Bay Beach Central Cayman Brac
Stake Bay 2.2 mi. Northeast of Central West End

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you'd like to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to check with Captain Shelby's Charter Boat Operation. Let a local captain who has grown up on the islands take you around for a day of sailing, fishing, snorkeling, or diving. Whatever you want, Captain Shelby is up for it as well.

Take a minute to read the following table for more information about the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Cayman Brac
Name Type Phone Location Island
Captain Shelby's Charter Boat Operation Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (345) 927-5413 Cayman Brac Cayman Brac

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for someone that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to check with Brac Scuba Shack. There are about 18 shallow shore dives that they offer guests that are also great for snorkeling. They are located on Cayman Brac.

The chart below enables you to learn some information concerning two companies that offer services related to snorkeling.

Snorkeling Services On Cayman Brac
Name Type Phone Location
Brac Marine Supplies Watersports Equipment Shop (345) 948-1518 West End
Brac Scuba Shack Snorkeling Tour Operator (345) 926-2584 Cayman Brac

To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out our exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling article.

With not much else to do but enjoy the natural surroundings and relax, Cayman Brac is just the type of location that lends itself to snorkeling.  Fortunately, it is also home to more and a few excellent sites, and whether you're new to the sport or you've been doing it for years, you won't want to miss snorkeling here.  


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