Cheeseburger Reef Snorkeling Guide

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Picture of beach access to Cheese Burger Reef next to the Burger King in George Town, Grand Cayman. The Building in the background is the “Lobster Pot” restaurant and dive center.

Cheeseburger reef is located in George Town, Grand Cayman, opposite the Burger King on the waterfront, which is near the harbor. Cheeseburger reef is rumored to have got its name due to the Burger King being located opposite it. This reef is at a very convenient location. Most people during their stay will be staying in accommodation relatively close to George Town and nowhere on island is a far drive to reach this reef. It is also very easy to access the snorkel site. There is a path in between the Lobster Pot Dive Center and the Burger King, which allows you to easily get to the water. To get to the reef, you need to swim at least twenty yards out away from the shore. This may be a far swim for those who are not comfortable or strong swimmers, therefore it is recommended that you know your own limits and bring a flotation device if you need one to assist you on your swim. However, it is always possible to swim at your own leisurely pace, which is a great perk of going snorkeling and not diving.

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Snorkeling at Cheeseburger reef has been a timeless classic. Many visitors to the island have snorkeled this reef at least once and it is an all-time classic, known to the islanders for decades. The thrill of knowing that you are snorkeling at one of the oldest and most popular reefs in the Cayman Islands is amazing because you get a sense of ticking off another amazing activity from your bucket list. The reef is very old, and it is interesting to see this because it is a bit like you are taking a glimpse of some of the island’s history.

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Map showing location of Cheeseburger Reef

Some people prefer to see Cheeseburger reef from taking a submarine or glass bottom boat tour. However, this is not the best way to really experience the reef. If you choose to go snorkeling instead, you can really get very close to the fish and the coral. You can also take your time and enjoy the experience at your own pace, instead of being rushed and hurried due to the set time restrictions of the tour operators. Those who have snorkeled at this reef, have complimented the reef as being a beautiful and convenient snorkel stop. The convenience of visiting this reef is worth considering if you have only a limited amount of time to visit Grand Cayman. Many people who are part of a cruise will stop at Cheeseburger reef  location because they do not need to take any further transport from the cruise ship terminal and it is very close to the harbor. Therefore, it is the perfect reef to snorkel at if you really are in Grand Cayman for a day and do not have time to see much of the island. Also for those who want the convenience of just staying within George Town, then this reef is perfect and allows you to accommodate a snorkel trip in your busy schedule, while exploring George Town.

The reef itself if truly stunning. The reef formations are enormous due to the slightly deeper water in the area. You can see the coral heads, which are within 10 feet of the surface. There is a huge variety of different fish found at this reef and if you really want to see large snappers, then this is the reef to snorkel at. The fish here are brightly colored and extraordinary to observe. It is a very calming experience to take the time and watch the tropical fish swimming through the coral heads. It is possible to see butterfly fish which are some of the cutest little fish found in Grand Cayman. Many people enjoy trying to spot these fish hiding under the coral heads. The contrast of seeing the stunning coral heads with the white sand is also amazing and beautiful. It is possible to see many sand dollars and shells here because of the sand surrounding the reef, which makes it easier to spot. There have never been any shark attacks when people have snorkeled at this reed and no one has ever been killed from a shark in the Cayman Islands. Sometimes you may spot a nurse shark, sleeping under a coral head, but they are harmless and have no interest in getting close to people. Therefore, it is very safe snorkeling at this reef even though it is around twenty yards away from the shore.

After a snorkel trip to Cheeseburger Reef, many people enjoy a nice drink and some food at one of the local restaurants in George Town. There are many to choose from and it is beautiful to watch the sunset from one of these restaurants and bars and this is a fun way to end your snorkel trip.