Georgetown, as part of the rest of the Cayman Islands, is often noted as one of the top scuba diving locations in the world, but you don't have to spend hours training to become certified in order to see much of the underwater world that makes this area of the Caribbean so spectacular. Indeed, a snorkel and a mask is all you require for many of these spots.
Most people agree that the closer you are to Seven Mile Beach, the better the snorkeling is; however, you can snorkel within 30 yards of shore from nearly any beach in Georgetown, and head out to deeper waters with the help of a tour operator and see some pretty magnificent landscapes including varying types of coral built up into strong and healthy reefs, sponges, starfish, fish in electric colors, sting rays, sea turtles, and even a shark every now and then.
Another thing that draws so many snorkelers to Georgetown is the collection of shipwrecks just offshore. The most notable is the Kittiwake Shipwreck And Artificial Reef, but another one called the , and still another called the all offer snorkelers the chance to experience the haunting nature of an underwater wreck as it has been overgrown with sea life.
Of course, viewing none of these sites would be possible if it weren't for the gin-colored waters which offer excellent visibility, the warm temperatures that rarely go bellow 78 degrees Fahrenheit, or the generally calm conditions.
If you're ready to see below the water's surface you might want to check out. This is where visitors will find one of the single best places in the Cayman Islands to see schools of fish swimming around. In addition, you can find a sprawling coral reef, and interesting underwater landscapes. This snorkeling site is situated in Georgetown.
is another option. This location is known for its series of tunnels that are a favorite resting and hiding spot for numerous marine animals. Tarpon, in particular, are known to stay around this area during the day.
A third site to consider is Smith's Cove. This beautiful limestone cove is protected, allowing for calm conditions; while the white, sandy bottom sloped into the water and promotes the growth of coral head formations within which snorkelers will encounter a wealth of small tropical fish such as parrotfish, peacock flounder, srgeonfish, and juvenile angelfish. This is a great site for both advanced and beginning snorkelers.
Be sure to look at the table just below for a quick overview of 8 of the most popular places to go snorkeling in this area.
|0.3 mi. South West of Downtown Georgetown|
|0.4 mi. South West of Downtown Georgetown|
|0.9 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown|
|0.3 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown|
|Smith's Cove||1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Georgetown|
|0.6 mi. South West of Downtown Georgetown|
|Crystal Harbour, 3.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Georgetown|
|Seven Mile Beach||4.4 mi. North of Central Georgetown|
Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.
If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you can check with Jolly Roger. Live the life of a pirate aboard the Jolly Roger, one of the Cayman Islands favorite day sailing adventures.
Another option to consider is Cayman Islands Sailing Charters. Although they will tailor each trip to your needs, they typically take their guests to visit the Sand Bar, Stingray City, Rum Point, and Starfish Point for sailing, swimming, and snorkeling. They're found in the heart of Georgetown.
A third option is Sail Cayman. You can sign up for a number of different excursions to some of the Cayman Islands most beloved sailing and snorkeling destinations around including Stingray City, Rum Point, Mini Sandbar, Starfish Beach, and Morgan's.
Take some time to look through the following table to learn more about boat operators that offer snorkeling opportunities.
|Cayman Islands Sailing Charters||(345) 525-1222||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Jolly Roger||(345) 922-9922||Downtown Georgetown|
|Sail Cayman||(345) 916-4333||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
If you're looking for a business offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to check with Don Fosters Snorkeling. Having been in operation since 1982, this is one of the most respected dive centers on the island -- and they offer snorkeling tours as well. You'll know you're in good hands when you choose one of their shore snorkeling excursions. They are found within Georgetown.
Another company worth knowing about is Abanks' Watersports. Encouraging visitors to skip the "cattle dive operations" and choose a more personalized service, Abanks' Watersports keeps every one of their daily dive excursions small in order to create the perfect dive experience for you.
A third option is Epic Divers. Their top snorkeling tour is to Stingray City. The trip includes a stop at the sand bar and a stop at the reef, plus you'll enjoy tropical refreshments and a cash bar on board. They're located in Georgetown.
Review the following chart for a listing of 9 firms that offer services of interest to snorkelers.
|Abanks' Watersports||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(345) 945-1444||0.6 mi. Southeast of Downtown Georgetown|
|Absolute Divers||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(345) 916-4133||Georgetown|
|Deep Blue Divers||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(345) 916-1293||Georgetown|
|Divers Down||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(345) 945-1611||Georgetown|
|Don Fosters Snorkeling||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(345) 945-5132||0.5 mi. South West of Downtown Georgetown|
|Eden Rock Diving Center||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(345) 949-7243||0.3 mi. South West of Downtown Georgetown|
|Epic Divers||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(345) 526-5020||Georgetown|
|Lobster Pot Dive Center||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(345) 946-8685||Georgetown|
|Sea Trek and SNUBA||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(345) 949-0008||Downtown Georgetown|
To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" check out our comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling page.
Even if you've never been snorkeling before, the conditions that exist here make it an exceptional place to start. And for those who have already developed a love for the sport, you'll find that Georgetown offers some of the most exciting snorkeling you'll experience in your lifetime.
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