Grand Cayman Dive Sites
Here we profile some of the top Grand Cayman dive sites. There is fantastic conditions for diving all over Grand Cayman, including great visibility, warm water, low currents and some of the most colorful reefs packed with marine life that you will find in the Caribbean. Grand Cayman Island is also home to some of the most dramatic wall dives in the world because it is located directly above the Grand Cayman trench which plunges nearly 6,000 feet just a short distance off shore. On top of these great natural features, the Cayman Islands has also realized the value of the scuba diving tourism industry and has gone to great lengths to create and protect dive sites.
Stingray City is often referred to as the best 12-foot dive in the world. Stingray City started out years ago when fisherman used this location to clean their daily catch. The stingrays would gather to feed on the scraps of fish and have now become incredibly used to people. Stingray City offers a very unique experience for new and experienced divers where you can actually hand feed these graceful creatures as they gather each day for their meal. This location is also great for families looking to go snorkeling with their younger children. With the maximum depth being only 12 feet, snorkelers can witness feedings from the surface as well. There is also a sandbar nearby where people often visit on weekends, and stingrays come into water that is only four-feet or so deep.
The USS Kittiwake is a purpose-sunk ship that was opened to divers on January 6th, 2011. This wreck dive has quickly become one of the best wreck dives in the world. The Kittiwake, which is an impressive 251-feet long and boasts a 42-foot beam, has already started attracting coral growth and plenty of marine life that are now using it for habitat. The wreck, which is designated as a marine wildlife area is protected and is only used for diving and snorkeling. There are 5 open decks which make it great for wreck diving fans. If you are looking to enter the wreck you should be advised that a wreck diving specialty course is required. The dive site is also open for both day and night dives.
There is a large pinnacle at this site that has a canyon dissecting the North Wall of Grand Cayman. This dive starts at around 40 feet and then heads down to some fantastic plate coral stands that sit at around 30 meters, or 100-feet deep. There is an incredible amount of rope sponges and black coral bushes that line the wall of this dive, making it a very unique and very beautiful dive.
The Maze: 50-100FT
Drop down off the boat to the mooring line in about 60 feet and then drop into a swim-through that will take you into The Maze, which you will navigate around the large rock formations and canyons before popping out over the wall at 100 feet. There’s always plenty of sharks to see at this site, so it’s not one to miss.
Grouper Grotto: 20-50FT
The Grotto is a great site for both divers and snorkelers. The Table coral is roughly 20 feet under the boat and is a great place for safety stops. Additionally, the Grotto is filled with several canyons that lead to schools of Tarpon, various caverns and a 50-foot sand patch that skirts a popular haven for Yellow-Headed Jawfish poking out of little holes. It’s also a can’t-miss spot for schools of Chubb.
Snapper Hole: 20-65FT
If you like chutes, tunnels, cuts and swim-throughs, Snapper Hole is for you. At certain times of the year, all the chutes are full to the brim of Silversides and Tarpon. Look out for sharks, eagle rays and, of course, schools of Snappers.
This site would be an East End favorite by all dive masters. The signature of Snapper Hole is the coral-covered anchor from the wreck of the Methusalem, a 300-foot tanker that is no longer sailing the world. Methusalem is a great spot to capture the perfect holiday photo!
Anchor Point: 50-100+FT
Anchor Point is a top-class North wall site, teaming with yellow tube sponges and barrel sponges the size of small cars. The soft corals are healthy and pristine and the fish life is second-to-none. Don’t forget to see Sponge face as you are cruising the wall and look out into the blue for the those bigger guys passing by.
Black Rock Reef: 20-60FT
If you have not dived in a while or its your first time, this is the place to visit. Twenty feet under the boat is a beautiful coral head teaming with chub, snappers, eels and grouper cleaning stations, as well as a cool little swim-through, if you’re up to it. Drop down on the coral fingers and sand flats, which are great for seeing stingrays and maybe even a reef shark.
PLANNING A DIVE
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