Our top 10 dive sites...
1. USS Kittiwake: Grand Cayman
The former USS Kittiwake became Grand Cayman’s newest dive attraction when it was sunk in early January 2011. The dive site is located off the North West point of Seven Mile Beach, among some of the most beautiful diving in the region. The USS Kittiwake also serves as a research opportunity for reef surveys to regularly track the sea life at this 251-foot artificial reef. A small fee is charged to dive the site.
2. Bloody Bay Wall: Little Cayman
There is a drop of more than 6000 feet off this popular dive spot. Bloody Bay Wall is named after a pirate battle that took place hundreds of years ago. Now, the site attracts divers from all over the world. One of the best parts about Bloody Bay Wall is its unparalleled visibility as the crystal-clear waters allow divers to see the wonderful marine life, and amazing corals.
3. Wreck of the Ten Sails: Grand Cayman
Part of the Cayman Islands’ magnificent history includes the Wreck of the Ten Sails, one of the most storied dive sites located in East End. Legend has it that in 1788, the lead ship of a convoy of merchant ships on its way to Britain from Jamaica smashed into the reef. A signal was given to the other ships, but was misunderstood, leading to nine more shipwrecks. The Wreck of the Ten Sails is only accessible by boat.
4. Wreck of the Cali: Grand Cayman
The Wreck of the Cali is one of the many shipwrecks around Grand Cayman that offers excellent diving and snorkeling. Divers often see stingrays, nurse sharks and thousands of colourful fish at this shore dive, which measures only 20-feet. For a unique and thrilling underwater adventure, experience a night dive at the Wreck of the Cali.
5. The MV Capt Keith Tibbetts: Cayman Brac
Resting on the northern shores of Cayman Brac, the MV Capt Keith Tibbetts was sunk in the 1990s and has grown into an artificial reef that is home to many species of aquatic life. Due to the close distance to the wall, divers often see pelagic fish swimming in massive schools. Divers can also penetrate the ship’s hull to experience one of Cayman’s great wreck dives.
6. Devil’s Grotto: Grand Cayman
Just south of Eden Rock, Devil’s Grotto is a popular dive and snorkel attraction offering divers a chance to see beautiful tropical fish. Yellowtail and sergeant majors are particularly popular. A tunnel and cave system creates an exciting dive, while a local dive shop is available for any last-minute diving needs. Coral peaks and sand flats lead out to the wall’s edge.
7. Old Man Bay: Grand Cayman
This popular North Side/East End dive site offers the ability to swim out to the location. There are two entrances to Old Man Bay and the wall is about 150 yards from shore. This north wall dive site is marked clearly with several white buoys. There is a fantastic view with a pillar full of soft sponges and other animal and plant species. Because this dive site requires a 45-minute drive from downtown, divers enjoy seclusion and privacy before and after their dive.
8. Bonnie’s Arch and Trinity Caves: Grand Cayman
Tunnels and chutes cut through this amazing site and let divers out at a depth of around 100 feet. Bonnie’s Arch and Trinity Caves is on the north end of Seven Mile Beach, offering a series of coral canyons, black coral, barrel sponges and sea anemones. It is a fantastic underwater landscape with more than 100 feet of visibility. Divers can see groupers, lobsters, French angelfish and eagle rays, along with many other common tropical fish.
9. Stingray City: Grand Cayman
One of the shallowest dive sites in Cayman, Stingray City is located in North Sound on Grand Cayman. The site is only 12-feet deep and divers are quickly enveloped in dozens of friendly stingrays looking to be fed. Stingray City is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cayman, and although it’s quite busy on most days, it offers a chance for divers to get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s most beautiful creatures.
10. Oro Verde: Grand Cayman
The Oro Verde was sunk with the intention of becoming an artificial reef off the west coast of Seven Mile Beach. This dive site is roughly 50-feet deep, making the spot ideal for all types of divers. This is a popular dive site with local dive operators.