The Cayman Islands are the self-acclaimed birthplace of recreational diving in the Caribbean. Whether this is true or not, it is a fact that The Cayman’s are one of the world’s top dive destinations in the world. Because of the island’s geography and low levels of silt, the water is crystal clear so that visibility is great, most of the times well over 18m (60ft). Water temperature is around 26-28°C (78-82°F) year-round.
The islands are the exposed top of an underwater mountain, so that they offer extraordinary opportunities for wall diving. Under the surface, the sides of the mountain are quite steep, including many vertical drop-offs, often unusually close to the shore. This gives a unique opportunity for fantastic shore dives.
Grand Cayman has over 150 dive spots for all experience levels: wall-dives, shallow reefs, and wrecks, out of which the USS Kittiwake is the most famous one. The smaller islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac also have numerous dive sites (over 50). Diving there is mainly between the north of Little Cayman and the South of Cayman Brac. The south sides of the island can be dived in winter time, but due to the winds diving is rare here. Being a popular (cruise ship) tourist destination, many areas on Grand Cayman are also popular and suitable for snorkelers, including the tourist magnet Stingray City.
All of the Cayman Islands offer colorful coral reefs and marine life, including angelfish barracuda, butterfly fish, damselfish, eagle rays, grunts, moray eels, parrotfish, sergeant majors, and yellowtail snappers. With Stingray City as the major attraction and having a turtle farm on Grand Cayman, encounters with both are a given.