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Abyss Scuba Diving
Cayman Islands Diving Paradise
The Cayman Islands are a dream destination for scuba divers, renowned for their incredible wall dives, stunning coral reefs, and seemingly endless visibility. Grand Cayman, the most popular of the three islands, boasts the breathtaking North Wall, where you can dive deeper than 1800 meters and encounter spotted eagle rays and sea turtles. Plus, it offers easy shore diving with little to no current. Little Cayman is home to the colourful Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park, while Cayman Brac provides a mix of wall, wreck, and reef diving suitable for all experience levels. With luxurious hotels on Grand Cayman and cosy dive lodges on Little Cayman, there's something for everyone.
Must-Visit Dive Sites
- Kittiwake, Grand Cayman: This purpose-sunk wreck lies in 17 meters of water and has become a vibrant artificial reef. Perfect for divers of all levels and snorkelers.
- Stingray City, Grand Cayman: Get up close with friendly southern stingrays in this shallow, sandy-bottomed dive site.
- Babylon, Grand Cayman: Explore a large pinnacle and canyon on the North Wall, teeming with rope sponges and black coral bushes.
- Devil’s Grotto and Eden Rock, Grand Cayman: An accessible shore dive boasting incredible coral formations, swim-throughs, and abundant marine life.
- Bloody Bay Wall East and West, Little Cayman: Dive alongside the sheer drop-off with elephant ear sponges, black corals, and wire corals.
- Three Fathom Wall or Mixing Bowl, Little Cayman: Experience a thrilling wall dive where Jackson’s Bight meets the Bloody Bay Wall.
- Captain Keith Tibbetts, Cayman Brac: Discover a sunken Russian frigate teeming with marine life and colourful sponges.
- Wilderness Wall, Cayman Brac: Dive a dramatic drop-off with healthy corals, sponges, and canyons, and possibly spot large pelagics.
Diving Conditions and Tips
- Visibility: Usually 18-30 meters or more
- Water Temperature: 26-28°C year-round
- Weather: Good diving all year, with mild air temperatures and increased rain in summer months. June through October is hurricane season.
- Marine Life: Turtles, eagle rays, barracuda, moray eels, stingrays, and various tropical fish
- Recommended Training: PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, PADI Deep Diver, PADI Digital Underwater Photographer, and PADI TecRec courses for technical divers
- Language: English
- Currency: Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD); credit cards widely accepted
- Airports: Owen Roberts International Airport (Grand Cayman), Charles Kirkconnell Airport (Cayman Brac)
- Electricity and Internet: 110 volt, 60Hz; widely available internet
- Topside Attractions: Turtle Farm (Grand Cayman), "Hell" limestone formations (Grand Cayman), hiking and bird watching (Cayman Brac), Booby Pond Nature Reserve (Little Cayman)
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