WHERE TO DIVE
It can be said that diving in the Caymans is good no matter what time of year, or where you're diving. This has a lot to with the fact that the Cayman Islands are relatively flat, and since there are no rivers to speak of, there is very little run-off to cloud the waters. This makes for fantastic visibility most of the year.
The Caymans have also created many marine parks to protect fragile reefs systems from being destroyed. The Caymans also offer diving for all levels of divers, from great shore and shallow diving to wreck and walls for the technical divers. One of the most famous walls is Jackson's Wall, and some walls can actually go as deep as 20,000 feet. With more than 250 dive sites and more than 40 dive operators, there are too many to list here, so we'll mention just a few. For more on local dive operators in the Caymans, check out padi.com or divecayman.com.
CAYMAN DIVE SHOPS
Cathy Church's Underwater Photo Centre & Gallery
Dive Cayman, Ltd.
Eden Rock Dive Center
Neptune's Divers Cayman Ltd.
Ocean Frontiers - East End
Red Sail Sports
Brac Reef Beach Resort
Little Cayman Beach Resort
CAYMAN'S MUST DIVES:
Named for a trio of swim-throughs, starting at 40 feet and ending at 90 feet. Here you will see amazing corals and sponges in addition to parrotfish, angelfish, lobsters and more.
A large pillar that rises from the sea, Ghost Mountain reaches the floor at about 90 feet and offers sightings of jacks, wrasses and chromis in addition to a vary large grouper.
This dive must be accessed by boat and is for the more advanced diver starting at about 60 feet to 100 feet. Abundant marine life can be expected and you may ocassionaly spot the resident nurse shark hovering in the depths.
This site starts at about 66 feet and ends up at about 100 feet. It's a narrow passageway from the top to the bottom that's a fun swim-through. The main attraction here, though is the turtles. Hawksbill, green and loggerhead sea turtles are abundant.
This dive is at 55 feet and features an interesting ledge under the reef filled with marine life and a large swim-through.
Victoria House Reef Named for the resort that overlooks this Seven Mile Beach site, the Victoria House Reef can be accessed via boat or shore.
MV Captain Keith Tibbets
Originally named for the wreck of a 330-foot Russian destroyer, the site was renamed in honor of the late dive operator. The wreck starts at about 25 feet and rests on a sandy bottom, making it a great dive for all levels.
A shallow dive at about 35 feet, you'll find an abundance of fish life and opportunities for macro photography. Here, you'll see plenty of cleaning stations and hermit crabs in addition to many nudibrachs.
Strawberry Sponge Wall
Located in Cayman Brac, this mini-wall dive is at 75-100 feet.
Bloody Bay WallOne of the most pristine underwater dive sites, featuring sheer vertical walls, great visibility and awesome marine life.
The most famous Cayman dive:
This 12-foot dive is for both snorkelers and divers alike, and is probably the most talked about family-friendly diving/snorkeling experience where you can interact with ocean critters up-close and personal. Experience the breathtakingly graceful stingrays as they buzz you and twirl and glide in a 360-degree underwater theater!