Snorkel Boat Trips

Coral Reef and Stingray Snorkeling trips on Grand Cayman for families, couples and individuals
 
 
 

Snorkel Boat Trips

Ocean Frontiers Snorkel Trips

  • 3-Stop Coral Reef Snorkel 
  • Dawn Stingray Snorkel
  • Stingray Sanbar Snorkel
  • Private Snorkel Charters

Please visit the other snorkeling information on these pages on our website or click on the links for each trip above. 

Grand Cayman Snorkel Boats

Ocean Frontiers has 2 dedicated snorkel vessels, each matched to the specific trips that they run:
  • "Top Cat", a 28ft x 10ft Pontoon Catamaran
  • "Ocean Panga" , a 26ft x 8ft Center Console Monohull 

Top Cat Snorkel Boat Specifications:

Top-Cat was specifically designed for cruising the shallow coral reefs inside the protected East End lagoon. Top-Cat is a perfect platform snorkel trips with lots of shade.  28ft x 10ft Pontoon Catamaran GRP design, designed and Constructed in The Cayman Islands, 2x 120 hp gasoline outboard motors, dual 12-volt electrical system, VHF radio, stereo, nav lights, draft = 30" with a top speed of 25 mph.  All vessels have the following safety equipment on board: USCG First Aid kit, Life Vests / Floation devises, Emergency Oxygen, Back Board / stretcher,VHF communications set, Fire Extinguishers.

Ocean Panga Snorkel Boat Specifications:

Ocean Panga is as comfortable in open ocean as she is tucked away in a quiet lagoon. Ocean Panga is an ideal choice for private charters and well suited for all of our Stingray Snorkel Trips. Most Stingray Trips from other companies are run on much larger and crowded vessels- but not with Ocean Frontiers .  26ft x 8ft center console monohull GRP design, 1x 130 hp inboard diesel motor, dual 12-volt electrical system, VHF radio, stereo, nav lights, draft = 20" with a top speed of 25 mph.  All vessels have the following safety equipment on board: USCG First Aid kit, Life Vests / Floation devises, Emergency Oxygen, Back Board / stretcher,VHF communications set, Fire Extinguishers

Snorkeling Notes:

  • Please do not touch the corals or take any marine life
  • Camera rentals are available for all trips
  • Snorkel equipment is included in the price of all trips
  • Ocean Frontiers prides itself on it's personal service and small groups.
  • Your snorkeling guide is a trained Naturalist and is also certified in First Aid and Rescue.

"Grab That Snorkel"

A column by Dr Alexander Mustard

Snorkel equipment doesn’t look like much, does it? A J-shaped plastic tube and a facemask is hardly space-age technology. But this basic kit is all you need to transport you to another world. It is easy for scuba divers to disregard snorkeling as underwater exploration for those who are not certified. The truth is quite different. I have made 100s of dives in the Cayman Islands, yet I continue to don my snorkel for a different flavor of underwater adventure.

Snorkeling lets us experience the underwater world without the stress of diving. A diver has to struggle with heavy kit and is always running out of time or air. If you find something interesting while snorkeling you can just hang around, settle in and watch it. Snorkeling is also a much more social activity. If you see something cool, you can stick your head out of the water and talk about it!

For a marine life enthusiast like myself probably the biggest attraction of snorkeling is that it allows me to explore different types of environment and reveals a different set of marine species. Grabbing a snorkel is definitely your best bet if you want to see one of Cayman’s weirdest fish – the flying gunnard.

The cigar shaped flying gunnard is about a foot long and lives on the seabed. You will usually see them moving around on the bottom, walking on the finger like spines of their pectoral and pelvic fins. The pectoral spines are also used to dig in the sediment for food.

Without a doubt the flying gunnards party piece is its defensive strategy. When alarmed the flying gunnardopens its very large wing-like pectoral fins. Not only does this dramatically transform the shape and size of the fish, but the fins are also marked with iridescent blue lines and spots and act to deter predators.

One of the best places in the Cayman Island to see flying gunnards is snorkelling along Colliers Beach in between Ocean Frontiers and the Reef Resort/Morritts Tortuga Club. Spend half an hour or so exploring the shallow sand areas off the beach and you have a good chance of meeting this weirdo. So next time you are down in Cayman make sure you bring a snorkel and be ready for a host of new adventures.