Snorkeling Around Little Cayman

With several deep walls and wreck sites nearby Little Cayman is famous for its scuba diving; however, thanks to some shallow reef systems, snorkeling is an equally popular sport.  Not only are there some gorgeous sites to see, but the water conditions make it a calming activity to pursue even among those who have never done so before.

Most snorkelers find that if they visit Little Cayman's Owen Island, they'll have a great experience snorkeling the reef. You can swim out and over the lip of the reef and enjoy excellent visibility.  There is also plenty to see by sticking close to home, where you'll encounter permit, parrotfish, queen conch, and many other reef fish within a variety of corals, sponges, and more at sites such as Bloody Bay Snorkeling, South Hole Sound Lagoon, and Point of Sand.  

While conditions will always vary depending on the weather, you can typically expect water temperatures to range from 78 to 86 degrees and be very calm.  Use discretion, however, since you'll rarely go out with a guide or have lifeguards nearby.  If it looks to rough, wait until the next day or head to a different location.  On that note, you'll want to bring your own snorkel kit, as it will be rare that you are able to rent one.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to exploring what's down below you might want to check out Bloody Bay. Walls are a fabulous way to explore a diverse ecosystem where two environments collide. While these steep walls are generally reserved for divers, the wall at this location has a number of spots that are snorkeler friendly. This snorkeling site is located within the western part of Little Cayman.

Jackson's Point Beach is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. Home to a beautiful reef with healthy coral and active fish, this site also allows snorkelers to view sea turtles and rays without much searching.

A third location to consider is Owen Island. When the tide is high you'll find great snorkeling both inside and outside the reef here, and you may even encounter a friendly eagle ray.

Summary information concerning 8 of the best locations to experience snorkeling in this area are listed in the table below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Little Cayman
Site Location
Bloody Bay 2.2 mi. Northwest of Central Blossom Village
Jackson's Point Beach 2.0 mi. West of Central Little Cayman
Owen Island 0.8 mi. East of Central Blossom Village
West End Point Beach 1.5 mi. West of Central Blossom Village
Mike's Mountain 1.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central Little Cayman
Eagle Ray Roundup 1.9 mi. West of Central Little Cayman
Cumber's Caves 1.9 mi. North of Central Blossom Village
Bus Stop 1.7 mi. North of Central Blossom Village

To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our extensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

The quiet, relaxed nature of Little Cayman makes it an ideal setting for activities involving its natural surroundings and snorkeling is the perfect fit.  If you've never experienced the sport before, this is the perfect opportunity to get started; and if it is one of your favorite activities, you won't be disappointed in the slightest. 


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