Diving the Cayman Islands

20 March 2018
The Cayman Islands hosts one of the best dives in the World: Bloody Bay Wall on Little Cayman. This is currently number 20 on the 100 Best Dives list.

The sea is always warm in Cayman Islands, with surface temperatures never dropping below around 25 oC (78 oF). From April to October water temperature are at least 27 oC (81 oF) and can reach over 30 oC (85 oF).

When to dive the Cayman Islands? April and May are a good time to go. The weather is warm throughout the year but June to November is the hurricane season and the seas may be rougher during that time. The islands are busiest during winter.

The Caymans comprise three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Grand Cayman is the most popular with divers offering shore diving and great wall diving on its North Wall. The more upmarket hotels are on Grand Cayman. It also benefits from the Turtle Centre. Here they breed turtles in captivity, transporting their eggs to beaches and burying them to replicate what happens in nature. The baby turtles make their way down to the sea, increasing the population which later return to island's waters.

Turtle

Little Cayman has the Bloody Bay Marine Park with strict conservation laws. Its wall dives are full of colour from sponges, sea fans and coral. And of course the chance to see turtles and rays.

Cayman Brac also has some good diving. But if you like scenic diving with dramatic walls then we'd recommend choosing Little Cayman.

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Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman
"Grand Cayman - Very poor in marine life. "
Jason Rabbow
Grand Cayman
Shark Alley

Reviews: 5 stars

"Dive down the grand cayman wall to about 30 metres, follow the wall along then come back up in a sand chute with large coral heads. A very good dive. "
Alex Witschey
Grand Cayman
Northern Wall

Reviews: 5 stars

"Swim through at approx 15 meters dives diagonally down through the wall and emerges at 30 meters on the face of the wall. Below is deep blue down to 2500 meters and the wall is covered in healthy coral. "
Grant Herman, 2012
Grand Cayman
USS Kittiwake

Built in 1945, the Kittiwake was a submarine rescue ship. She was decommissioned in 1994. In 2004 the Cayman Islands applied to the US Maritime Administration to use the ship as an artificial reef, the first time a ship would have been given to a foreign government for such a purpose. The ship was cleaned of hazardous material like asbestos and all loose materials removed. In December 2010 the Kittiwake was towed to Grand Cayman during a snow storm. She was sank at the northern end of Seven Mile Reef on the West of Grand Cayman.

USS Kittiwake

She lies on the sand at 20 m. Her shallowest point is at just 6 m. The large A frame structure on the stern supported submarines and hard hat divers. The Kittiwake is in a marine park that is protected under law in Cayman, with no touching or taking of anything, no gloves and no fishing allowed. An exception to taking fish is made for culling lion fish. More details of the wreck history is at the wreck site.

In October 2017 Tropical Storm Nate moved the Kittiwake, toppling it onto its port side.


Little Cayman

Little Cayman
Bloody Bay Wall

Reviews: 5 stars

"Great visibility and drop off features. "
Michael Rodriguez
"Visibility to 200 feet, sheer wall dive with healthy soft and hard corals, and multitudes of variations of fish. "
Kevin Jungfleisch
"The best wall diving in the Caribbean Sea "
Juan Videgain
"Swarms of sharks and rays, dramatic drop off into the black, layers and layers of beautiful ecosystems. Yum! "
Ray Kloss
"Wall starts in the 60 foot range and drops off into 6000 feet of deep blue. Unbelievable sponges and reef life--occasional large ocean travellers. "
Robert Osborne

Cayman Brac

Cayman Brac
"Cayman Brac had a lot of good diving...it had tons of rays, a few turtles, reef and nurse sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, and plenty of other creatures...the diving was great overall...the sunken russian ship was very interesting and so was the recreation of the underwater "Atlantis"...the walls were cool and the dive instructors were awesome...the water is also very clear...it was a great place to dive... "
Ryan K
Cayman Brac
MV Captain Keith Tibbetts AKA Russian Destroyer

Another deliberately sunk wreck for divers. This former Cuban navy ship was scuttled in 1996. A storm broke her in two in 2004. Her bow now lists at 45 degrees and her midships have been largely broken up. The ship was renamed after a local politician and diver before being sunk.

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended


Cayman Islands Dive Operators

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Grand Cayman
Eden Rock Diving Center

124 South Church Street
Georget Town
Grand Cayman
KY1-1110
Cayman Islands
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Grand Cayman
Happy Fish Divers

Specializes in teaching diving courses.

975 N.W. Point Rd,
Georgetown
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands
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Grand Cayman
Happy Fish Divers Georgetown

Specializes in teaching diving courses.

975 N.W. Point Rd,
Georgetown
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands

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Grand Cayman
Cayman Marine Lab

Established in 1986, Cayman Marine Lab caters to divers interested in a smaller eco-diving experience. Run by a marine biologist.

P.O. Box 30548
Georgetown
Grand Cayman

Seven Mile Beach KY1 1203
Georgetown
Grand Cayman

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Little Cayman
Southern Cross Club

Little Cayman
E-mail: info@southerncrossclub.com

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Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"My diving in the Caribbean Sea on Little Cayman Island in December was spectacular. The Southern Cross Club provides excellent, modern, clean and serene accommodations with three full gourmet meals a day. The dive boats (2) never had more than 6 or 7 people a day. The dive instructors are very experienced, professional and warm friendly people who are focused on your safety and enjoyment. I would definitely go back again."
Martha

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