Ideal for Honeymooners, Couples and Families
Nestled below Cuba at the meeting of North America and the Caribbean tectonic plates in crystal clear waters the Cayman Islands are the jewels of Caribbean diving.
The pristine reefs are well managed minimising the damage tourism inevitably brings making for some truly stunning diving. There are colourful corals, steep drop offs, wrecks, swim throughs and in this diverse marine environment.
The diving is varied and well worth a bit of island hopping to get the most out of what’s on offer from diving with large Southern Stingrays for the “World’s Best Shallow Dive” off Grand Cayman, Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman has been ranked as one of the Caribbean’s best dives and Cayman Brac offers a new wreck and the impressive project to build Atlantis for divers to explore.
There reef life around the Cayman Islands is rich and varied including Nurse Sharks and the occasional Hammerhead and Reef Shark, Turtles, Nassau Groupers, Angelfish, Moray Eels and a host of Caribbean marine life.
There is also plenty to do above the waves from hustle and bustle of the shopping, bars, restaurants and excursions, such as the Blue Iguana Sanctuary, in Grand Cayman to the relaxed island atmosphere of Little and Brac there is an island to suit all holiday and diving needs.
Grand Cayman, as its name would suggest, is the largest and most developed of the three islands and also the most westerly. There are over 175 varied dive sites around Grand Cayman, from the famous shallow dive at Stingray City where it is possible to interact with the friendly resident Southern Stingrays, to the wreck of the Kittiwake where you can see how this now intact vessel becomes an artificial reef, to the steep drop offs and wall dives covered in corals and sponges. There is also plenty to do on this resort island. There are nature excursions including the QEII Botanical Gardens to see the rare Blue Iguana. You can visit Seven Mile Beach, one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque locations, or the Cayman Turtle Farm, as well as all the shopping, restaurants and bars of Georgetown.
At only 10km long, the smallest and least developed of the three Cayman Islands, Little Cayman is the perfect place for a relaxing beach holiday. The diving is predominantly steep walls, dropping down to over 6000ft, but with more than 50 local dive sites including the famous Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson Point and the MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts just off Cayman Brac (but reachable from Little Cayman), there is something to suit all experience levels. There is little in the way of entertainment other than to relax on the beach with a cold drink after a day diving, and watch the sun set.
Cayman Brac is a little larger then Little Cayman and is the most easterly of the three islands. It is named after its impressive 140ft bluff, and surrounded by the warm clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. The diving around Brac is all close to shore, allowing for beach dives and short boat trips, with stunning corals and topography and a varied marine life. The most popular dive is the MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts, which is the only Russian warship in the western hemisphere that is diveable, and with some parts of the ship lying in shallower water, it is available to all experience levels. There is a lot to keep you occupied above the waves on Cayman Brac, with a number of hiking trails, a nature reserve protecting the indigenous and endangered Brac Parrot, caves and beaches to explore, plus the Cayman Brac Museum.
Stingray City is a dive site off Grand Cayman were divers can interact with the friendly Southern Stingrays who make their home in the shallows; a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
The Kittiwake is Grand Cayman’s latest dive attraction and is quickly becoming one of the most popular Caribbean dive sites. After a triumphant sinking in 2011, the former submarine rescue vessel has taken up vibrant residency along the northern tip of Seven Mile Beach. Watch as Goliath groupers patrol the ship’s bottom and squirrelfish play among the decks.