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.
Scuba Diving 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.
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 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.
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.
Perhaps the most popular scuba diving & snorkeling 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.
When to visit the Cayman Islands?
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.