The Cayman Islands encompasses 3 islands in the western Caribbean Sea. Above all known for scuba diving and beaches. Each island, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, is home to diverse experiences.
DIVING CAYMAN ISLANDS
- The largest island and one of the Caribbean's top scuba diving destinations boasts over 500 fish species. Grand Cayman has nearly perfect year-round weather conditions and accessibility. Over 220 dive sites on dramatic seawalls, shallow reefs and shipwrecks promises vacation memories. As a result, Cayman Diving provides the ultimate dive experience from the shore or by boat. Every side of the island offers something different. From the west side’s below coral reefs paradise, to the North Wall’s iconic drop offs; certainly, there’s a dive in Grand Cayman for everyone. Likewise, the waters are warm year-round and abundant sunshine provides excellent visibility. Furthermore, that clarity assures every dive site displays its unique beautiful scenery. Especially popular dive sites are Eden Rock, Devils Grotto, Babylon, Lighthouse Point and the 251 foot Kittiwake wreck. Read our blog story: Destination Spotlight: The Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman
THE SMALLER ISLANDS
Little Cayman -
The coral reefs are arguably the best in the Caribbean. They support a biologically diverse marine ecosystem. The local reefs contain large populations of spotted eagle rays and spawning sites for Nassau grouper. Year-round hawksbill and green turtles, loggerheads in mating season and sharks are all protected by the Bloody Bay Marine Park.
This combination of water quality, diverse coral and fish species is why scuba divers rate it highly. Additionally, there is an abundance of easily seen large mammals. There are 60 dive sites on Little Cayman. Bloody Bay Wall is the main attraction, but there are other sites that are equally as exciting with numerous tunnel systems and crevices, shallow reefs and the wreck of the Soto Trader. The leading dive sites include Eagle Ray Roundup, Great Wall West, Jig Saw and Mixing Bowl.
CAYMAN BRAC -
The diving is mostly current-free. Therefore, it is optimal for new divers and experienced divers who want to explore. Visibility typically exceeds 80 feet and many site diving depths can be relatively shallow. Due to these factors, Cayman Brac is treasured by underwater photographers looking for the perfect shot. There are over 65 dive sites. As a result, there is a big variety of topography and a lot to showcase on every dive. Experience gently sloping walls on the southside; proper walls and shallow patch reefs on the north. Consequently, scuba divers can view colorful sponges, soft/hard corals reefs, wrecks, spur and groove formations. Likewise, marine species include groupers, rays, turtles, sharks, tarpon, snappers, moray eels and squid. Another benefit of this Cayman Island destination is shore diving and good snorkeling. Dive sites include the Captain Keith Tibbetts a 330 foot Russian frigate, Tarpon Reef, Wilderness Wall.
ACCOMMODATIONS, ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Dedicated dive resorts, hotels, condominiums and houses mean choices are available for singles, couples, families and groups. Most important, this will make every vacationer happy.
Grand Cayman balances its scuba diving appeal with culture, nature and culinary delights. Select restaurants with stunning water views featuring fresh local seafood. Enjoy the nightlife from upscale bars to small local pubs. Take in the National Museum, snorkel at Rum Point or visit the Turtle Center. Hike into the forest at the Mastic Trail, kayak, take a bike tour or simply be pampered in a spa. Meanwhile, visitors can enjoy multiple events such as pirates week and the Taste of Cayman.
Little Cayman has a small number of restaurants with varied menus, featuring fresh seafood and Caribbean Sea views. Topside attractions include the Little Cayman Museum, Point O’ Sand beach and the National Trust House. Booby Pond Colony contains 20,000 red-footed booby (the largest in the Caribbean) and 350 magnificent frigate birds.
Cayman Brac has the oldest museum in the Cayman Islands – Cayman Brac Museum, creates a window into the past as does the Cayman Brac Heritage House. In addition, most noteworthy tour options include Parrot Reserve, hiking nature trails ponds/wetlands, caving, bluff views, birding and local crafts.