Visibility around Salt Cay tends to be good, especially when compared to the typical conditions at the popular beach snorkelling spots on Providenciales. However, the size and scope of the reefs and coral easily accessible from shore tend to be a bit more limited and if you're certified, scuba diving is a better choice.
There is no single best location for beach snorkelling on Salt Cay. The west end of North Bay (North West Point) has vibrant coral and sea life, but ocean conditions aren’t always optimal. The ocean off of Deane's Dock and Balfour Town Beach is typically calm, yet the area isn't quite as colourful. See the locations section below for more information.
A snorkelling boat excursion will allow for access to some of the excellent pristine and extensive reefs found offshore and near adjacent cays. During approximately January through April, it's possible to see and snorkel with migrating humpback whales.
Salt Cay Divers is the only business on the island that offers boat trips.>
Salt Cay Divers rents snorkelling equipment, and some accommodations offer complimentary gear usage.
Sales are limited to a few mask sets available at Splash Boutique in Balfour Town. If you’d like to purchase snorkel gear, due to the very small selection of equipment on Salt Cay we recommend that you do so at a dive shop before you arrive on Salt Cay, either on Providenciales or elsewhere. Working with a decent dive shop will allow you to get the best fitting gear that your budget allows for.
Below are the best locations for snorkelling from the beach on Salt Cay.