Diving in the Cayman Islands

By Lindsey Turnbull on 19th January, 2024

Cayman’s clear warm waters are teeming with colourful aquatic life and it was this discovery that first drew visitors to our shores in the 1950s and 1960s. Early on, divers realised Cayman was absolute heaven for undersea adventures, offering a safe and unique experience that is hardly rivalled anywhere else in the world. The location of the three islands on the pinnacle of an underwater mountain range – called the Cayman Ridge – means spectacular wall diving is all around.

Stingray City in Grand Cayman is an obvious dive or snorkel choice, as it is here you will come face-to-face with one of the ocean’s most wondrous and graceful creatures – the stingray. The USS Kittiwake wreck, located at the north end of Seven Mile Beach, is considered one of the best wreck sites in the world. Crabs, shrimp, turtles and eagle rays have all been spotted here.

Cayman Brac also offers some spectacular dives with names such as Schoolhouse Wall, Snapper’s Reef and Walbert’s Playground conjuring up exciting images. Little Cayman’s Bloody Bay marine park is world-renowned for its sheer drop that plunges thousands of feet down, where jewfish, spotted eagle rays, blacktip sharks, grouper, barrel sponges and much more hang out.

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