A Diver’s Paradise
Recognized as the birthplace of recreational diving in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offers a myriad of underwater wonders. The warm, calm waters provide 100 ft. plus of visibility and what surrounds are not to be missed. In the Cayman Islands, you’ll encounter an array of sea creatures: mosaics of colorful sponges, playful squirrelfish, and even personable stingrays. With over 40 operators to choose from, each island offers very different adventures for divers of all levels from novice to Nitrox and Tec diving. Dive 365 is an ongoing program in Cayman aimed at developing and maintaining 365 different moorings, so divers can choose a new location to explore every day of the year.
In Grand Cayman, you’ll discover over 200 of the Caribbean’s best dive sites. Local denizens of the deep are unafraid of divers—they won’t flee when approached. Explore the world’s most famous 12-foot dive, Stingray City, by snorkel or underwater coming into contact with friendly and curious stingrays that congregate on the local sandbar awaiting tasty squid treats from divers and fishermen. Don’t be surprised when they rub up right against you; kissing a Stingray gets you seven years of good luck.
Grand Cayman is also home to the Kittiwake, one of the newest and most popular dives. Sunk January 5, 2011 after seven years of dedicated effort and planning, the former submarine rescue ship, USS Kittiwake was lowered to its final resting place off the country’s famous Seven Mile Beach where it provides both a snorkeling and dive attraction.
In Little Cayman, Bloody Bay Marine Park is the home to the ever-vibrant “Bloody Bay Wall,” a legendary coral drop that begins at 20 ft. and plunges to 6000 ft. Colorful gardens, wavering sea plumes and exotic tropical fish thrive among more than 50 unique dive sites for the best of Cayman diving.
Cayman Brac is known to underwater enthusiasts the world over. Home to hundreds of varieties of fish, coral and marine life, divers can explore canyons and crevices, small caves and ledges, drop-offs and gullies while brilliantly colored tropical fish glide by. Cayman Brac’s most notable site is MV Captain Keith Tibbets, the only diveable Russian warship in the Western hemisphere, sunk in 1996 which is accessible by scuba enthusiasts of all levels.