Snorkeling Around Seven Mile Beach

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As a general rule on the island of Grand Cayman, the closer you are to Seven Mile Beach, the better the snorkeling.  Even if you are not staying in this popular resort area of the island, it is worth taking a trip to spend some time under the sea.  

As you might imagine, snorkeling is an extremely popular activity among guests staying in accommodations along Seven Mile Beach.  Not only are there a great many gorgeous underwater landscapes to see right from the shore thanks to the slightly rocky composition of the coast, but many places also offer snorkel kits to guests as part of their stay.  This makes it an inexpensive and exciting experience to take advantage of.  

Snorkeling the artificial reefs near the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort and The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa are especially good, and if you head to the north you'll have access to the famed Cemetery Beach which is known for its colorful reef fish and reef sharks which sometimes make appearances. 

If you want to take your snorkeling experience one step further, there are numerous dive operations around town that encourage snorkelers to tag along, and even a few that specialize in snorkeling excursions.  They can take you out to deeper locations and provide insight into the island's top snorkeling. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to experience below the water's surface you might want to check out Eden Rock. 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 located in Georgetown, a short distance away South of central Seven Mile Beach.

Devil's Grotto is another place you might enjoy. 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 Cemetery Beach. Just offshore of this location is a reef that is home to schools of parrot fish and many other marine animals, including reef sharks.

The table just below summarizes more details regarding 8 of the most popular locations where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Seven Mile Beach
Site Location
Cemetery Beach West Bay, 2.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Seven Mile Beach
Coral Garden Crystal Harbour, 1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach 1.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Seven Mile Beach
Wreck of the Gamma Georgetown, 1.9 mi. South of Central Seven Mile Beach
Wreck of the Cali Georgetown, 2.5 mi. South of Central Seven Mile Beach
Eden Rock Georgetown, 2.9 mi. South of Central Seven Mile Beach
Devil's Grotto Georgetown, 3.0 mi. South of Central Seven Mile Beach
Parrot's Landing Georgetown, 3.1 mi. South of Central Seven Mile Beach

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you'd like to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to contact Sun Rays Tours. One of the most popular snorkeling spots in the Cayman Islands is Stingray City. Sun Ray Tours specialized in sailing adventures directly to this destination, where guests can get off the boat and get in their own time snorkeling with the stingrays.

Another option to consider is Red Sail Sports Charter. All of the catamarans have a cash bar, trampoline nets and a friendly, knowledgeable crew. Photographs of your experience are also available through CPA Cayman They're situated in the heart of Seven Mile Beach.

A third option is Pirates Of The Caymans. The Pirate Adventure Cruise is a two hour tour that includes reenactments of pirate trials, sword fights, and other pirate adventures, plus a 40 minute stop for snorkeling. The Sunset Cruise offers guests their choice of just appetizers or a full dinner.

Take a minute to read the table below for information concerning boat operators that offer snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Seven Mile Beach
Name Phone Location
Pirates Of The Caymans (345) 623-7245 Seven Mile Beach
Red Sail Sports Charter (345) 623-5965 Central Seven Mile Beach
Sun Rays Tours -- West Bay, 1.6 mi. North of Central Seven Mile Beach

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a business offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with DNS Diving. Although this operator really focuses their efforts on scuba diving, snorkelers are welcome to tag along on the boat when their is some space to get in some snorkeling at the second site of the day which is generally a reef. You can also hire a private charter for a day of snorkeling, or arrange for a half day trip to Stingray City. They are located in Seven Mile Beach.

A second place worth knowing about is Cayman Diveshuttle. Known as the most "flexible dive operation in the Caymans," this dive shop is so flexible that they offer snorkeling adventures a well.

A third company worth contacting is Living the Dream. Snorkelers are welcome to tag along when scuba diving trips head out to Stingray City or the USS Kittiwake Wreck. They can also charter a full day trip of snorkeling to create a more personalized adventure. They're situated in Seven Mile Beach.

Some information with regard to 8 firms that provide snorkeling related services can be seen directly below.

Snorkeling Services In Seven Mile Beach
Name Type Phone Location
Ambassador Divers Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (345) 949-4530 1.5 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown
Cayman Diveshuttle Snorkeling Tour Operator (345) 525-8555 1.1 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown
DNS Diving Snorkeling Tour Operator (345) 916-2490 Seven Mile Beach
Divers Supply Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (345) 949-7621 1.7 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown
Divers World Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (345) 949-8128 1.2 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown
Living the Dream Snorkeling Tour Operator (345) 526-3483 2.0 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown
Pirate Divers Snorkeling Tour Operator (345) 324-3271 Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Watersports Snorkeling Tour Operator (345) 949-0332 Seven Mile Beach

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our extensive Caribbean snorkeling page.

If you're staying in Seven Mile Beach, then you're ideally located for your next snorkeling adventure.  Don't worry about bringing your own equipment along – unless of course, you want to – because you can easily get a kit when you arrive. 


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