Cayman Islands Diving

Cayman Islands 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.

Take a look at the Liveaboard Cruise options below.

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Cayman Aggressor V

Dive the Cayman Islands in comfort and style aboard the luxurious 36m Cayman Aggressor V, part of the world-renowned Aggressor Fleet. Up to 20 guests can be accommodated in 10 staterooms with individually controlled air-conditioning. Amenities include a spacious, air-conditioned lounge and separate dining area; outside is a cocktail deck and a sundeck with hot tub, deckchairs and entertainment zone. Dive amenities include Nitrox, individual dive lockers, camera table with low-pressure air hoses, photo editing centre and two hot freshwater showers.

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Diving in the Cayman Islands

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

Stingray City

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.

M/V Kittiwake

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.

Cayman Islands Scuba Diving Sites

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.

Country Information

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Cayman Island Dollars, but USD is widely accepted

On entry for most nationalities

+5 hours

English

Owen Roberts Airport (GCM)

Christian

Suncream, lightweight and beach apparel

29 - 33 C daytime, 21 - 26 C evenings

Jerk chicken, peas and rice, plantains