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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.

Diving
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.

 

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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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)
Up to 200m (July - December)

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

  • World class, year round diving.
  • Twin centre diving with Cayman Brac &  Little Cayman.
  • Outstanding visibility.
  • Sheltered, calm easy access dives - photographers heaven.
  • Excellent snorkelling trips.
  • Marine Parks plan since 1986 ensuring regulated dive sites.
  • 281 single & double mooring to control numbers of dive boats.

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.