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13 Dive Centres in Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

Scuba diving in the Cayman Islands has been popular since the sport was invented. Do you like walls, wrecks, reefs, and spectacular visibility? Then the Cayman Islands is a must visit place for your next scuba diving adventure. The Cayman Islands are most known for the stunning coral and sheer drop-off walls with excellent visibility.

The Cayman Islands are peaks of an underwater mountain range called the Cayman Ridge and consists of Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman.

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman Island offers divers beautiful coral, marine life in sea turtles, eagle rays, sharks, and a wall that drops to 6000 feet! This island is the most popular in the Cayman Islands because there are also plenty of shore sites that offer unlimited diving with great visibility. In addition, being a more developed island, there are plenty of activities on land too. It is hard to list all of the amazing dive locations to explore, but below is a short list of some truly spectacular dive sites in the Grand Cayman Islands.

Babylon

The Babylon North Wall is usually frequented by liveaboard boats, full of dive and travel enthusiasts. It is a large pinnacle and canyon that varies from 40-100 feet deep. Turtles, eagle rays, and possibly even hammerhead sharks can be spotted here.

Devil’s Grotto and Eden Rock

Devil’s Grotto and Eden Rock are shore diving sites that feature plenty of sea life, caverns, and swim-throughs. Massive tarpon and schools of fish add to the beauty in these dive sites.

Sunset Reef

Sunset Reef is a shore dive and home to the tall mermaid statue. Just beyond the statue is the LCM Nicholson landing craft wreck. The entire dive is only about 30-50 feet deep and can be reached off a pier right outside Sunset House, a dive resort, and features a shallow reef with canyons.

USS Kittiwake

The USS Kittiwake was a submarine support ship and purposely sunk to form an artificial reef. Penetration dives can be done on this wreck for those that are qualified.

Stingray City

Perhaps the most popular scuba diving attraction in the Cayman Islands is feeding and hugging the stingrays at stingray city. Swimmers and divers can feed the wild, but friendly stingrays in only 12 feet of water. Divers have the added advantage of going deeper and truly immersing themselves around the stingrays as they come in looking for food.

Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac is a very tiny island and much less traveled. There are over 50 scuba dive sites where divers will find great wall dives as well as the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, a Russian destroyer that was sunk in 1996.

Little Cayman

Perhaps the best scuba diving in the Cayman Islands can be found in Little Cayman. Little Cayman is less developed on land, but there are over 50 dive sites to be explored including dramatic walls with 80 foot+ visibility. Scuba diving in Little Cayman is best from a boat with very little shore diving available.

Bloody Bay Marine Park

Home to more than two dozen dive sites, Bloody Bay Marine Park is considered very pristine diving. The Bloody Bay wall is perhaps the best wall in all of the Caribbean featuring a shallow 15-25 foot start with a 1000-foot sheer drop off with 200-foot visibility. Eagle rays and sharks can be spotted out in the deep blue while turtles, eels, beautiful coral, and other life can be seen along the wall.

Jackson’s Wall is just east of Bloody Bay Wall and is less steep with more gradual slopes. The Mixing Bowl is the center of the two walls where more sea life can be observed on the slope or in the sandy bottom.

When to go

With warm water year-round, scuba diving in the Cayman Islands is perfect. So much to see and with a great variety of sites, locations and marine life. However, you may need to keep in mind to avoid visiting the Cayman Islands during hurricane season from June to November.

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