Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on September 11, 2022
At the eastern end of Little Cayman, Point of Sand is a true desert island beach. Fringed by a tropical blue water lagoon, it is a perfect setting for exploring the local sea world. Around the inshore coral heads, snorkelers may spot blue tangs, angelfish, parrotfish, as well as occasional stingrays.
Southern Cross Club maintains a shelter at the point where the footpath from the road meets the beach. It is located at almost the most easterly point on Guy Banks Road, with a right turn signposted on the road.
Once you are at the shelter you can enter the water across the gently shelving sand.
From the tip of Point of Sand, swim in the direction of the western end of Cayman Brac, which you can see on the horizon further to the southeast.
The nearshore is mainly sand but you soon reach the numerous coral outcrops. Take care at this spot, because a west to east current, i.e. right to left, is quite pronounced in the inshore area.
The inshore coral heads support populations of small fish as well as occasional nurse sharks and frequent groups of circulating barracuda.
Further offshore the main reef can be found, with diverse hard and soft coral populations. This reef becomes more dispersed towards the east, with reduced swell, but be wary of the current.
This area supports a very diverse range of fish species, including chubb, tilefish, rock beauty, several species of parrotfish, yellowtail damselfish and much more. It is also an interesting area for the large shoals of blue tang.
Once again facilities are non-existent, apart from the welcome shade, so take plenty of drink. The beach is regularly cleaned by the locals so if you feel like contributing, pick up any litter you find and drop into the bags provided.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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