The Cayman Islands are any traveller’s paradise with the idyllic settings that many city dwellers only dream of. Located in the Western Caribbean Sea, this tropical paradise serves as the perfect playground for those seeking a taste of the culture and perfect scenery that the area offers. During my time there I was able to enjoy some fantastic opportunities, one of which was the incredible fauna on the island. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see the Blue Iguana, an extremely endangered animal found in the Grand Cayman.
This wasn’t why I was here in the first place though. You see, I’m a snorkeler who loves to travel. I’ve gone out in search of many perfect destinations in my lifetime and few have lived up to my expectations as far as the Cayman Islands. As a lover of the destination and an underwater adventurer, I’ve compiled a brief guide on making the most out of your snorkelling trip in this incredible destination.
When to Go
The tropical marine climate that these islands experience can be devastatingly beautiful. While you’ll enjoy extremely warm and sunny weather that lights up the entire ocean, there are also hurricanes that plague the area on occasion. Technically, the season for these windy disasters is between July and November, so it’s best to avoid those months. During the wet season from May to October, you’ll find that there is sunlight but showers can disrupt visibility and make it somewhat more dangerous for snorkelers who are not easy to see from the beach. I was lucky enough to visit in November, the start of the dry season and winter at that. But, what they call a cool season, I’d call temperate and lovely.
Where to Go
- Trunk Bay
Anyone planning to visit the Virgin Islands is missing out if they don’t make a stop at Trunk Bay. Let me tell you, this was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The trick is to get out into the water as early as possible; I’d recommend 7:00 to 7:30 at the latest. Unfortunately, the popularity of this destination as well as the ease of snorkelling means that many groups come out later on in the morning. So, if you’re looking for peace and your own personal paradise, it’s best to go early.
- Haulover Bay
This small stretch of coast got its name from the fact that it was often simpler to haul boasts across the area between Coral Bay and the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The temperamental nature of this bay means that it’s best for advanced snorkelers who have plenty of experience. You’ll also have to watch out for black sea urchins when entering the water. On the plus side your hard work won’t go unrewarded as you’ll have the opportunity to see hard corals such as brain, elkhorn and pillar coral. I had the pleasure of seeing my first green turtle, which is a memory I’ll certainly carry with me from the trip. It’s also possible to spot eels and stingrays.
- Waterlemon Cay
This small island, just offshore of the bay and very near to Leinster Bay, is the perfect snorkelling location. This protected area is also host to a bed of coral that should not be damaged, as well as thriving wildlife that should not be touched. Look out for octopuses, as well as a strong offshore current.
- Leinster Bay
Many travellers enjoy hiking the Johnny Horn and Brown Bay Trails and ending off their long walk in the best way possible; by donning their snorkels and heading into the blue and inviting water.
Consider these remarkable spots on your next recreational trip to the Cayman Islands.
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