A diver explores the cracks, crevices and holes in a coral reef on the island of Grand Cayman

A diver explores the cracks, crevices and holes in a coral reef on the island of Grand Cayman

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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - 7 FREE NIGHTS HOLIDAY SPECIAL includes 7 nights Pool View accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 11/16/19-1/17/20.
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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

WEST BAY - 7 FREE NIGHTS HOLIDAY SPECIAL includes 7 nights Garden View accommodations, 12 boat dives, shore diving on house reef, complimentary use of dive computers, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only. Valid 11/16/19-1/17/20.
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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - 7-NIGHTS FREE HOLIDAY SPECIAL includes 7 nights Beach View accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only. Valid 11/16/19-1/17/20.
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Compass Point Dive Resort

EAST END - SUMMER DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights 2 -bedroom accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Ocean Frontiers, breakfast daily, car rental for length of stay, hotel tax, and service charges. Valid through 12/20/19.
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Wall to Wall Excitement and Variety

This is the birthplace of the wall dive. It started when scuba pioneers returned from the Cayman Islands with tales of sheer underwater cliffs that plummeted to unseen depths. Generations of underwater enthusiasts have since made these three islands the leading diving destination in the Caribbean. And there's something for all interests and abilities, from introductory immersions on shallow reefs to extended-range explorations that push the boundaries of recreational diving. Choose an intimate dive lodge on the quiet Sister Islands or indulge at an upscale resort in the heart of Grand Cayman's famous Seven Mile Beach. Swap stories with dive masters at the local pub or dine in five-star opulence. Whatever your style, the Cayman Islands can accommodate.

Scuba Diving has announced their Annual Reader's Choice Awards and the Cayman Islands won more awards than any other destination in the Caribbean! They came in first place in these categories:

  1. Photography
  2. Visibility
  3. Technical Diving

Highlights

  • Best for: Any activity from discover scuba to technical deep diving
  • Best season to visit: Year round, with eastern Grand Cayman sites best in summer
  • Weather: Mid 70s in winter to high 80s in summer. The rainy season runs from May to October, but precipitation does not affect diving conditions

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About Diving in the Cayman Islands

Though most famous for walls, the underwater landscapes of The Cayman Islands also feature more gradual slopes, spur-and-groove coral formations and shallow sites, along with several noteworthy wrecks. Diving takes place on all sides of each island. Sites to the west of Grand Cayman offer the calmest waters and close proximity to the majority of dive resorts, but boats visit all sides of the island, and divers are served by the most extensive scuba infrastructure in the Caribbean. Water temperatures remain in the low to mid 80s.

Diving in the Cayman Islands Tips

Brush up on your computer and multi-level diving skills for maximum enjoyment and more bottom time on wall dives. Search out the little critters but also keep an eye on the blue water for chance encounters with passing pelagics. Advanced open water credentials are suggested if you want to tour the lower decks of the USS Kittiwake.

Best Places to Dive in the Cayman Islands

The Kittiwake, a former US submarine rescue ship, has become Grand Cayman's signature wreck, but there are several smaller wrecks also worth a dive. Stingray City, just because. Devil's Grotto and Snapper Hole for the tarpon and swarming silversides. Ghost Mountain pinnacle for dramatic views and abundant marine life. North Wall sites such as Babylon require a longer boat ride but reward with dramatic topographies. If visiting the Sister Islands, Bloody Bay Wall is a must-do, and the Tibbetts wreck provides a rare opportunity to dive on a former Russian warship.

What to Pack for Diving in the Cayman Islands

To reduce clutter on dive boat decks, use a mesh day bag for dive gear. Grand Cayman offers a number of good shore diving sites on the west coast, providing additional opportunities for immersion following morning boat dives.

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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - CAREFREE CAYMAN PACKAGE - JULY 25-OCTOBER 24, 2020 includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Lighthouse Point Oceanfront Condos

WEST BAY - 7-NIGHT DIVE PACKAGE includes 2-Bedroom condo accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving at Lighthouse Point including the Guardian of the Reef, free use of dive computers, roundtrip airport transfers and tax. Contact us for 4, 5 and 6-night packages.
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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

WEST BAY - CAREFREE CAYMAN PACKAGE JULY 25 THROUGH October 24 includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, shore diving on resort house reef, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAYMAN DIVER PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, 5 days of 1-tank afternoon boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAREFREE CAYMAN PACKAGE JULY 25 THROUGH OCTOBER 24, 2020 includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Compass Point Dive Resort

EAST END - 7-NIGHT PACKAGES including choice of 1 or 2 -bedroom accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Ocean Frontiers, breakfast daily, car rental for length of stay, hotel tax, and service charges. Additional nights, 3 night and 5 night packages also available.
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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - CLASSIC CAYMAN PACKAGE includes 7 nights accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, 5 days of 1-tank afternoon boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including 3 drinks nightly (house beer or wine, well drinks or soft drinks), manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - CLASSIC CAYMAN PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, 5 days of 1-tank afternoon boat dives, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including 3 drinks nightly (house beer or wine, well drinks or soft drinks), manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

WEST BAY - CLASSIC CAYMAN PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days 2-tank morning & 5 days 1-tank afternoon boat dives, shore diving on resort house reef, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including 3 drinks nightly (house beer or wine, well drinks or soft drinks), manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

WEST BAY - CAYMAN ESCAPE PACKAGE includes 7 nights choice of accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives, shore diving on resort house reef, complimentary use of dive computer, welcome rum punch, breakfast and dinner daily, manager's cocktail reception, free WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Saturday arrivals only.
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Comfort Suites and Resort

SEVEN MILE BEACH - This all-suite resort is affordably priced and located just 50 yards from Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach. All suites have either kitchenettes or full kitchens. Complimentary daily breakfast buffet and free WiFi are also included. Ambassador Divers, a PADI dive operation, is located on site to provide a wide array of dive services as well as snorkel tours to Stingray City and the wreck of the Kittiwake.
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Cayman Brac Beach Resort

CAYMAN BRAC - Cayman Brac Beach Resort is a small but modern two-story, oceanfront dive resort. The expansive grounds include al fresco bar with rooftop deck for watching sunsets, freeform pool, beach volleyball court, and plenty of room for individuals, couples, families, and dive groups to find personal space or enjoy being with friends. Chef-prepared buffet meals can also accommodate special dietary needs. Their Reef Divers dive shop is on property and close to all the rooms. Wonderful dive sites are short boat rides away and include diver favorite Tibbetts wreck plus incredible walls, canyons, and reefs with varied and abundant marine life. And weather permitting, guests will get to dive one morning in the nearby, world-famous Bloody Bay Marine Park off Little Cayman. Cayman Brac Beach Resort accepts Saturday arrivals and Saturday departures.
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Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

WEST BAY - Small Cobalt Coast Resort is located in the quiet, residential area of West Bay and offers a variety of oceanfront and garden accommodations including traditional rooms, suites, and cottages with a focus on easily accommodate individuals, families, and groups of divers. With its convenient location near the northwestern tip of the island – reaching the iconic sites north and west of the island like the Kittiwake wreck and Stingray City via Reef Divers boats is quick and easy. Weather permitting, excellent shore diving on the house reef is available to guests, and the impressive North Wall is a short swim away. Although small guests will still enjoy amenities like a pool, jetted hot tub, elevated beach area, and al fresco bar and dining while overlooking the Caribbean. The shopping and nighttime entertainment for which Grand Cayman is known can be reached by nearby public transportation, cab or rental car. Cobalt Coast Dive Resort accepts Saturday arrivals and Saturday
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Little Cayman Beach Resort

LITTLE CAYMAN - You don’t have to go around the world to experience the quaint charm, intimate warmth, personalized, friendly services and world’s best diving you’ll find at Little Cayman Beach Resort. Everything you need for the perfect dive vacation is steps away from your pool view or oceanfront room – onsite Reef Divers dive shop, boat dock, and underwater photo center; pool with jetted hot tub, al fresco bar, new indoor/outdoor dining room with chef-prepared buffet meals, spa, and much more. Famous Bloody Bay Wall and numerous other dive sites with lush coral and abundant marine life are short boat rides away. And weather permitting, guests will get to dive one morning on the fabulous MV Captain Keith Tibbetts wreck and another great site off nearby Cayman Brac. Little Cayman Beach Resort accepts Saturday arrivals and Saturday departures.
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Sunset House

GEORGE TOWN - With tropical Colonial furniture and Wi-Fi access throughout the beautiful landscaped property, Sunset House is located on the water’s edge with excellent diving right offshore. Sunset Divers, the onsite dive operation, offers an exciting, professional, customer service-oriented staff.
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Compass Point Dive Resort

EAST END - Experience Grand Cayman’s tranquil East End from this beautiful oceanfront resort offering one, two and three bedroom condominiums with private patio or balcony. The resort also offers 2 freshwater swimming pools, a hot tub, BBQ pits, bikes and kayaks for guest use on a complimentary basis. Eagle Ray’s Dive Bar & Grill is located onsite and is open for lunch and dinner daily. PADI 5-Star dive operation Ocean Frontiers is located on site.
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Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

SEVEN MILE BEACH - Centrally located on world-famous Seven Mile Beach, Marriott's Grand Cayman Resort offers superior service and understated luxury in a relaxed atmosphere. All rooms are well-appointed and offer private balconies. Amenities include 4 restaurants, La Mer Spa, a beachfront pool, fitness center and a wide array of both land and watersports activities. Dive services are provided by Red Sail Sports offering a full array of watersports including dive excursions, dive instruction, snorkeling and sailing excursions, parasailing and more.
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Wyndham Reef Resort

EAST END - Wyndham Reef Resort offers rooms right on the beach with sweeping, unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea. Comfortably furnished with colorful island decor, the Studios, 1- and 2-bedroom condos are perfect for families or couples. 152 spacious and comfortable condos offer beachfront bliss. Dining plans include the all-inclusive add on with all meals and drinks.
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Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa

SEVEN MILE BEACH - The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa offers 343 luxuriously appointed guest rooms amid lush tropical gardens with waterfalls and fountains, freshwater pools, whirlpools, restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating, lounges, 24-hour room service, swim-up pool bar, fitness center and luxury spa. Red Sail Sports is located onsite offering diving services.
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Cayman Aggressor V

LIVEABOARD - The Cayman Aggressor V is a state-of-the-art liveaboard dive yacht that sets a new benchmark for the industry. Launched in the summer of 2018, this 120-foot vessel offers ten private cabins with en-suite bathrooms, including two premier balcony suites located on the main deck. The yachts four-deck layout allows for an extra-large dive station and climate-controlled lounge on the main deck, an upper deck devoted entirely to the dining salon and the covered aft lounge, and a top sun deck with hot tub, bbq and bar areas. Guests enjoying chef-prepared meals and snacks, and local beer and wine after the day's diving. Over the course of its seven and ten-day itineraries, the Cayman Aggressor V visits sites on all three islands includes the Russian Destroyer in Cayman Brac, Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman, and Stingray City, North Wall, South Wall, Kittiwake and Doc Polson wrecks in Grand Cayman.
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Diving in The Cayman Islands

It would be impossible to see all the underwater attractions of The Cayman Islands on a single visit. Dive sites ring all sides of Grand Cayman, and the Sister islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, providing a total of at least 365 named sites. You could literally dive a different site every day for a year. The best way to make sense of this plethora of underwater opportunities is to understand what each coastline has to offer. On Grand Cayman, the western shore is protected from trade winds and easterly swells. The shores of Seven Mile Beach drop gradually to a sandy plateau dotted with coral heads. This calm mid range is home to a number of diveable shipwrecks, including the fully-intact USS Kittiwake. a 250-foot submarine support vessel put down in 2009. Other wrecks sit in depths from 20 to 70 feet, and in varying degrees of decomposition. These include the Oro Verde. Balboa, Cali and Doc Polson. Offshore of the shelf, walls begin at depths of 70 to 60 feet and drop to more than a mile. The island's southwestern corner offers a rocky coast with some of the island's best shore diving, with grottoes and swim throughs that attract tarpon and swarms of baitfish. The island's north shore is known for steep walls and vertical canyons, while the south and east coast start with spur-and-groove formations that drop more gradually toward the outer walls, which begin at greater depths. Sand-bottom canyons cut between these formations, which sometimes rise to create vertical ramparts that project outward from the reef line. On the north shore of Little Cayman, walls start at depths as shallow as 20 feet along Bloody Bay Wall, while the south side provides more extensive coral shallows and spur-and-groove formations that lead to a deeper drop. Cayman Brac offers north-side walls similar to Grand Cayman, and shallow to mid-range reefs to the south, which is also the site of the Captain Tibbetts, a former Russian frigate put down as an artificial reef in 1996. A majority of dive operations on Grand Cayman are located on the island's western end, or in the expansive lagoon known as North Sound. Depending on the site, boat trips typically last from 15 to 45 minutes. East end operators provide easier access to sites along the windward coast, while dive operations on both Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are located on the southern coast, and make daily trips to north-shore sites. Extended range diving is a growing subset of the Cayman diving scene, and those with appropriate training and equipment can visit deeper sites down to the island's sponge belt at 200-plus feet.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for entry with one available page for entry stamps. No Visas are required for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Check the entry and exit requirements here.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entering the Cayman Islands if you're coming from the U.S., Britain, or Canada. Please check with your doctor or visit the Center for Disease Control's website here for more information.

 

Culture and Customs

For almost as long as it has been a mecca for divers, Grand Cayman island has also served as an international hub of finance and banking. This has provided the island with one of the highest standards of living in the region. Upscale shops, galleries and modern office buildings line the streets of downtown George Town, while West Bay Road is lined by high-end beachfront resorts and the gateway facades of new residential developments. But these islands aren't just for the international elite. Not far from five-star dining, one can purchase a meal of jerk chicken and peas'n rice from a beachside shanty, or savor a cold draft and a game of dominoes with a crew of fishermen and dive masters. At trip to the island's eastern shore, or the palm-fringed shores of Rum Point is like stepping back in time, while a flight to the Sister Islands is a different world entirely. Social climbing on Cayman Brac means inviting someone to join you for a walk up the Bluff Road for panoramic island views from Deadman's Point. On even quieter Little Cayman, nightlife might involve a tumbler full of rum and a beachside hammock under the stars.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electrical current is 110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are standard and adapters aren't needed for U.S. and Canadian appliances.

Phone service is provided by Cable & Wireless. Check with your provider to see what rates apply or you will be subject to roaming charges.

There are many public WiFi hot spots on Grand Cayman and most hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Cayman water supplies piped water to the Seven Mile Beach and West Bay areas of Grand Cayman and is safe to drink by World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Cayman Brac supplies desalinated salt water and Little Cayman has its own water system. If you are unsure of the water quality, bottled water is also available for purchase.

Language & Currency

English is the official language. The local currency, is the Caymanian dollar, but the U.S. Dollar is used interchangeably. Credit cards are widely accepted. The Cayman Dollar is represented as CI and offers denominations o f $100, $50, $25, $10, $5, $1 and coins of 25 cents, 10 cents, 5 cents and 1 cent. Check the current exchange rate here.

Time

The Cayman Islands are on Eastern Standard Time (EST) and do not observe Daylight Savings Time. The Caymans are 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

The Cayman Islands are comprised of 3 islands and are a British Overseas Territory located in the Western Caribbean. They are located South of Cuba and Northwest of Jamaica. Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands, lies in the far Western Caribbean, 480 miles south of Miami and occupies 76 square miles. The sister islands of Cayman Brac (14 square miles) and Little Cayman (10 square miles) are 89 miles to the northeast of Grand Cayman. Grand Cayman is approximately 22 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point. Cayman Brac is 12 miles long and just over a mile wide and has the most dramatic topography of the trio. Little Cayman, only 10 miles long and a mile wide, is flat, reaching a maximum elevation of 40 ft. The three islands are limestone outcroppings, the tops of a submarine mountain range called the Cayman Ridge, which extends west southwest for the Sierra Maestra range off the southeast part of Cuba to the Misteriosa Bank near Belize. The population of the Cayman Islands is 60,764 (2016).