Cayman Islands Liveaboard Diving
Your Cayman island vacation offers some of the best Caribbean diving where swimming with sharks can be commonplace at many of the amazing dive sites.
The clear, warm water of the Cayman Islands has made it one of the top diving destinations in the world. The dive industry here started not too long ago, so the reefs are pristine. Dramatic drop-offs and wrecks are among the Cayman dive sites. The warm water with excellent visibility has aided the growth of Cayman diving as conditions here are suitable for all divers. Grand Cayman snorkelling is a draw for any non-diving guests who want to join the liveaboard.
The Cayman Islands consists of three islands: Cayman Brac, the smallest, Little Cayman and Grand Cayman, at 22 miles long, the largest. The capital city is George Town which is located on this 8 miles wide island. The highest point of the island is only 20 metres above sea level. Each of the Cayman Islands has its unique character and dive sites allowing for a diverse and exciting liveaboard.
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Cayman Islands Liveaboard Diving - 1 LIVEABOARDS
The Cayman Ridge is unique in both marine life and topography and was formed by the underwater mountain range of that name. The three peaks form the three Cayman Islands. Water is very clear due to there being no river wash off. The Cayman Islands have fringing reefs that offer protection to the reef life, while the deep walls bring in the larger pelagic fish. The long-established marine park ensures the protection of the area.
Best Places to Dive in The Cayman Islands
The best scuba diving in the Cayman Islands can be divided into three areas:
- Cayman Brac – The liveaboard can visit this area in good weather conditions.
- Little Cayman – is part of the marine park protected area and the numbers of divers are restricted per day.
- Grand Cayman - Grand Cayman scuba diving has both wrecks, reef and drop-offs offering fantastic dive site variety
The liveaboard scuba diving trips depart from George Town on Grand Cayman and visit the other islands of the group to discover the amazing underwater world on offer in this uncrowded destination.
The wrecks, walls and coral reef offer both macro, and larger pelagic life and diving is suitable for all levels of divers due to the calm, clear water. Cayman Islands snorkelling is enjoyable for non-diving guests.
Best Dive Sites in The Caymans
One of the most famous sites in Grande Cayman for scuba diving due to the frequent sightings of southern stingrays in the shallow area. A cleaning station has developed here with the rays coming for a free meal when boats are in the area.
This is another Grande Cayman scuba diving site. A US submarine rescue ship which was scuttled in 2011 and now sits in 19m of water rising to just 3m. A very impressive wreck dive well within recreational dive limits with many sharks passing by.
Bloody Bay Wall
This is a dive area that is considered some of the best diving in Little Cayman. A considerable area means it is divided into more than 15 sites. The area is a marine park, so the fish life has been undisturbed for years, the result is divers having close encounters with amazing creatures including hammerhead sharks and eagle rays.
Captain Keith Tibbetts
On Cayman Brac is a 100m Russian Koni class frigate that was scuttled in 1996 to create an artificial reef. This is the only wreck of a Russian warship in the western hemisphere.
The Cayman Islands offer great macro diving and pelagic encounters while diving the three islands with your liveaboard cruise. Marine life here seems unbothered by divers' presence. For more information about Cayman Islands Dive Sites, please click on the photo.
The Cayman Islands Scuba Diving Highlights
- Common sightings - Turtles, southern stingrays, tarpon
- Special sightings - Hammerhead sharks, seahorses
- Topography - Drop offs, pinnacles, wrecks, walls and reefs
- Visibility - 30 to 40m+
- General information - Dives are suitable for all certification levels including newly certified.
- Onboard options - George Town visit
Best Time to Go
The Cayman Islands are a year-round destination with warm and clear water.
Hurricanes are possible June to November so the seas can be a little rougher at this time. May to June is considered the better diving conditions.
Water temperatures are from 26 to 29 degrees, so a 3mm shorty is suitable for most guests, 5mm long if you are susceptible to the cold.
How to Get There
Several airlines fly direct from the US and some connecting flights from Europe to George Town’s Owen Roberts International airport. Taxis are available for transport to and from the airport.
Transfers onto the liveaboard are not included but the staff will be at the airport to assist you finding a taxi on the day of boarding. If you are already on island then your hotel can assist you with a taxi to your boarding point.
There are two ports used depending on the weather so you should check where the meeting point is with the liveaboards captain.
On the penultimate day there are two morning dives scheduled to allow for no fly time and guests onward travel.
Local time vs GMT
What to pack
Food and drink
Cayman Island Dollars, but USD is widely accepted
On entry for most nationalities
Owen Roberts Airport (GCM)
Suncream, lightweight and beach apparel
29 - 33 C daytime, 21 - 26 C evenings
Jerk chicken, peas and rice, plantains