Cayman Islands, Caribbean
The Cayman Islands offer a Caribbean diving holiday with a breath-taking variety of marine life for divers of all levels, outstanding visibility and top class diving centres catering for tech to wreck scuba divers. Nestled in calm, turquoise waters in the western Caribbean, just 480 miles south of Miami, lies the peaceful British Overseas Territory known as the Cayman Islands. Consisting of three islands; Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. Although many hotels line Palm Beach, George town retains a colonial charm and western coast and the sister island are still relatively undeveloped.
This is one of the world's top dive destinations, with more than 200 dive sites marked with moorings, warm, calm waters, 100 ft. plus visibility and breath-taking variety of marine life for divers of all levels from novice to Nitrox and Tec diving. It's all here, from world class legendary dives on Bloody Bay Wall to the unique Stingray City; sheer walls adorned with sponges and corals in a stunning array of colours, shallow reefs filled with schooling and solitary fish and small invertebrates, wrecks featuring photogenic structures and curious marine residents. With over 9 snorkelling sites, over 40 wall dives, 26 reef dives & 6 wreck dives (including the newly sunk WW2 USS Kittiwake on Grand Cayman alone offers more than enough diving choices.
Culture & Activities
When not under the water, the Cayman islands offers a variety of activities and places to visit from the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, snorkelling and eco tours of the mangroves to a variety of watersports such as snorkelling, glass bottom boat trips, waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing plus waterparks. Year round deep sea game fishing is big business here and guided fly fishing trips can also be organised. Baby turtles are released in the wild at the end of October and Christmas in the Cayman islands offers a host of special events such as Pirates Week, Batabano carnival week, Cayfest arts festival plus international fishing tournament, Aviation Week and Taste of Cayman, the islands annual food festival. A prosperous island and tax haven there is wide number of retail and restaurant outlets and duty free shopping on offer.
Best Time: November - April (Dry season), May - October (Wet season)
Average Air temps: 24-30°C
Average Water temps: 26-28°C Recommended - 3mm shortie/full suit.
Visibility: 5-100m (Jan-June)
Top Dive Sites: Stingray City - Grand Cayman, Bloody Bay Wall - Little Cayman. Wrecks USS Kittiwake, Balboa & Oro Verde - Grand Cayman, San Miguel - Little Cayman, Captain Keith Tibbets - Cayman Brac. Spectacular wall dives. North Wall .
Great Reasons to Dive in the Cayman Islands