One of the top activities for visitors to Grand Cayman is snorkeling. There is no better way for people of all ages and abilities to explore the Caribbean so let’s go under the sea and do some snorkeling! With calm water and a mild current, Seven Mile Beach is a great location to try snorkeling. The clear water allows you to see the abundance of colorful fish and beautiful coral reefs. All you need is a snorkel, a mask and an adventurous spirit to experience life under the sea in Grand Cayman, from watching sea turtle’s playing to eagle ray’s flying to hundreds of fish swimming. Discover countless reef’s and wrecks, including the Wreck of the USS Kittiwake, a 251 ft submarine support vessel that has been laid to rest just off the Seven Mile beach.
Here are our top snorkeling spots off of Seven Mile Beach where you can get up close and personal with the abundant marine life we are blessed to have in our crystal clear Caribbean waters.
It’s no secret that we LOVE Stingray City and it is our top snorkeling location pick. Accessible by boat, this is an absolute must-do snorkel location! Stingray City lies in 12 feet of water and is known as the ‘world’s greatest 12-foot dive”. Here you can snorkel and explore the nearby coral reefs and swim with the abundant tropical fish and marine life, as well as the stingrays. The shallow strand of sandbars, called The Sandbar, is about 2-4 feet deep and is ideal for swimming and snorkeling with the stingrays. You can feed them, play with them, swim with them and sometimes even hold them!
You can easily snorkel at Rum Point and get up close and personal with the vibrant sea life of the Caribbean. The barrier reef ensures safe snorkeling and soft sand that is shallow for a long way from shore, making it a great location for all ages and abilities.
There is a barrier reef that parallels the shoreline and the water depth goes from 15-40 feet. If you are not comfortable going out to the farther reaches, you can get there by boat. Mingle with Black Durgeon, Blue Tangs, Yellow Snapper, among others. Be sure to check out the coral gardens while you’re out there.
Note: This spot is a protected marine sanctuary so please don’t touch or take anything from the water.
Cemetery Reef is off Cemetery Beach and is part of Seven Mile Beach. Cemetery reef is about 30 yards away from the shore making it better to access it by boat. It’s a remarkably quiet location with fairly calm and shallow water that boasts stunning coral formations and an abundance of colorful fish.
Located just after Cemetery Beach, this is the locals little secret and one of our favorites as is the Heritage Kitchen, a traditional Caribbean restaurant right out front.
Look for the white buoy to find Governors Beach. Here you could see some stingrays and definitely a ton of colorful fish in the coral heads and reef. The reef is in great condition and a favorite among the locals.
Wreck of the Gamma
Located near Georgetown on the quiet end of Seven Mile Beach, the Wreck of the Gamma is a great snorkel spot for people of all abilities. It is also a fantastic place to snorkel due to the easy access to a well-preserved ship wreck that a lot of marine life has made their home.
Wreck of USS Kittiwake
The USS Kittiwake, a 251 ft navy rescue ship, was sunk off Seven Mile Beach in 2011 to create an artificial reef. It’s only 10 feet from the surface so you can easily explore the vessel along with the scores of marine-life that now call the Kittiwake home.
While there are locations in Grand Cayman that you can snorkel right from the shore, some of the best snorkeling spots are best visited by boat. Snorkeling is a Grand Cayman must-do and chartering a private yacht with Five Star Charters is the best way to do it.
Our experienced, local crew knows the best locations and will help you experience the unparalleled beauty of Grand Cayman, both on top of the water and under the sea. Plus, we provide all the snorkel gear you will need. We offer half day, full day and longer charters that are tailored specifically for you and your group.
You can also try out our brand-new Wave Runner jet ski and cruise the Seven Mile Beach by yourself for a while. After your Five Star day on the water, Seven Mile Beach is the perfect place to end the day and experience one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see while enjoying a nice cold drink. Will you be lucky enough to spot the green flash? The green flash is an optical illusion that sometimes happens right after sunset or right before sunrise when a green spot is visible on the upper rim of the sun that comes and goes in a flash.