Scuba Diving in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are found in the Caribbean Sea and are formed out of mountain tops. They consist of the three islands surrounded by reefs: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. If you submerge yourself in the waters near the Cayman Islands, you will see marine turtles, spadefish, rays and dolphins.
Stingray City which attracts divers with its wildlife is situated on Grand Cayman. Hundreds of rays live in the waters of the island.
The most popular place among divers is Bloody Bay, the wall on which unusual algae, sponges and corals can be seen. Deeper down, you will also meet parrotfish, electric rays, turtles, hammerhead sharks and giant sea fans. More experienced divers can go down to Ghost Mountain which is situated at a depth of more than 25 metres.

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Three sisters is one of the most memorable dive sites of this place. It can be found near Grand Cayman, on the south side of the coast. The submergence depth is around 20 metres. The dive site looks like three rocks located almost 100 metres from each other. The rocks themselves are not plain, they are covered with vegetation and form something like an underwater path.
You can see dozens of shipwrecks in the underwater world. About 325 vessels rest on the sea bed and even a barge with jewelry. The Kittiwake, a rescue vessel which was sunk especially for divers, lies at the bottom of the marine protected area. The Russian ship, MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, lies on the seabed in the coastal waters of Cayman Brac.
A unique underwater landscape with the coral and sandy bottom and vertical rocks awaits you on the Cayman Islands. There are picturesque coral gardens on Cayman Brac, and the underwater rocks form grottos and small canyons. Hell, the famous group of ragged butte rocks, can be found on Grand Cayman Island.
The transparent warm waters of the Caribbean Sea ensure comfortable submersion. You can find low undercurrents here. The underwater visibility can be up to 30 metres, which is why it is possible to see sea life even at a great depth. There are no thermoclines, so lovers of underwater swimming will be satisfied without a doubt. The Cayman Islands are one of the safest places in the world for diving.
The famous Bloody Bay and Jackson’s Bay on Little Cayman are a real magnet for divers from all over the world. At Jackson’s Bay you can swim with rays and shoals of bright fish, explore picturesque reefs, tunnels and cracks. At Bloody Bay it is a slightly different picture. You can find spiny dogfish, eagle ray and Caribbean whitetip reef sharks here.

Diving Destinations in Cayman Islands

Great Cayman is the best place for diving. Here you will find interesting diving spots with peaks and caves. On Little Cayman the beaches are empty and clean. This island is the least inhabited compared to the other ones. Amazing and colourful coral gardens will leave a lasting impression on you. Cayman Brac's untouched natural world is dazzling. A ship that sunk in the nearby waters a few years ago became a home for many sea animals.

Memo Notes
Currency KYD - Cayman Islands dollar
Languages English
Timezone UTC -5;
Phone code 1345
Emergency Help 911
Electricity

Type A - 120 V, 60 Hz

Type B - 120 V, 60 Hz

Dive Shops in Cayman Islands

Most of the dive shops are located on Grand Cayman and Little Cayman. Equipment rental and various dive and safari tours are on offer here. If you wish to learn how to dive or improve your ability, you can use the services of experienced coaches.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

During the first half of spring the weather is warm, and the air temperature is from +22 to +24 °C. It rains from the middle of April and in May, and the temperature remains at +30 °C. The water temperature varies between +27 and +28 °C.

Summer

Summer is a tropical rainy season. It is definitely not the best time to visit the islands. The air temperature is +30 °C, and there is a high level of humidity. The water temperature varies between +28 and +29 °C.

Autumn

Half of autumn is part of the rainy season, but by the end of October the weather returns to normal. The tourist season on the islands begins in November. The air temperature varies from +22 to +24 °C. The water temperature varies between +28 to +30 °C.

Winter

Winter is one of the best seasons for visiting the islands. During this period the weather is warm and dry. The air temperature varies between +17 and +24 °C. The water warms up to +27 °C.

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The Best Dive Sites

The most popular dive sites are: Stingray City, Kittiwake Wreck, Bloody Bay, Devils Grotto, Eden Rock, Bonnies Arch, Three Fathom Wall, Captain Keith Tibbetts, Wilderness Wall.

Health & Safety

The level of medical services is high on the Cayman Islands, but they are quite expensive. This is why we recommend that you obtain travel insurance before a trip. It is advisable to get vaccinations for typhoid, dengue fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis B and C.
The crime rate on the islands is not high and violent incidents are rare. Observe common safety measures, do not leave your personal belongings in a hotel or anywhere else unattended.

Dangerous Marine Life

Observe the standard safety precautions when diving. The underwater space of the island is considered safe but you need to be careful. There have been verified cases of attacks by pterois and sharks on the islands.

Eat & Drinks

The national cuisine originates from Jamaican traditions. It is based on seafood with various garnishes and a lot of spices. We recommend trying ceviche made from seafood, manioca (a yam pie), Creole pork and spicy Caribbean tuna. Tea and coffee are served here as national drinks. The national alcoholic beverages are rum and beer. Tap water can be dangerous, so it is best to buy bottled water.

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