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're ready to experience what's down below you might enjoy 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 location 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.

You can look through the following table for a quick overview of 8 of the most popular locations where you can experience 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

For some people, the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you can check with Sun Rays Tours. A trip to Stingray City with Sun Rays is ideal for all ages, making this a great choice for a family outing. Your options are to take the snorkeling and sailing trip, or hire the boat for your private charter.

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 found in the heart of Seven Mile Beach.

A third good 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.

Some key facts regarding boat trip providers that provide snorkeling opportunities are displayed in the table below.

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

Ambassador Divers Snorkeling

If you're looking for someone that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can 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 that offers snorkeling related services is Cayman Diveshuttle. They like to keep their tours small, and usually bring along only 12 divers at a time. They like to let you choose where and when you'll snorkel, though they do recommend trips to Sting Ray City and the Kittiwake Wreck Site.

A third place to consider 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 located in Seven Mile Beach.

Check out the following table for a listing of 8 firms that offer snorkeling related services.

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

For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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