Snorkeling West Bay And Cemetery Beach On Grand Cayman
by Cary Bennett
Day 4 - This day we snorkeled West Bay and Cemetery Beach and checked out Smith's Cove.
West Bay is located on the northern end of the western portion of the island. We decided to go give it a try for two reasons: the cruise ships were in port, which meant that driving back south through George Town was going to be pretty crazy and we also had read all of the write ups about how beautiful it is to swim and snorkel there.
Well, we really should know better than to believe the tourism reviews of snorkeling sites by now... turns out that this is a really beautiful beach, but, as for snorkeling there is nothing to see. Stunningly beautiful blue water, sandy bottom and almost no coral at all, and what tiny bit there was had no life around it. Don’t waste your time trying to snorkel there.
The same goes for Smith’s Cove. It is a nice, small, protected area of limestone. We got out of the car, walked out to the swimming area and turned around and got back in the car.
Next we drove to the north shore of this side of the island to snorkel Cemetery Beach. We wound up at the Cobalt Coast Resort and decided to give snorkeling a try there at the Dive Tech Dive Shop. Once again, a ladder entry and exit. Other than this place, there was nowhere to access the water. Too much sharp and jagged coral shore. Again, this was a disappointment. There was nothing to see and no reef to speak of. It was mainly sand and flat rock type terrain with mostly small patchy soft plant growth, algae-like bloom and millions of sea urchins. It is sad to see. We saw them in profusion on the west coast area of the island.
An interesting thing to note about Grand Cayman is that several of the good beaches and at least 2 or 3 good snorkeling sites are located at cemeteries. Not sure why that is.
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