is recognized as the birthplace of recreational diving in the
Caribbean. We've been proudly showing off our spectacular underwater
world since 1957 when scuba pioneer Bob Soto opened Grand Cayman's
first dive shop. Today, Cayman is one of the world's top dive
destinations, with more than 40 dive operations and 200 dive sites
marked with moorings. Our warm, calm waters, 100 ft. plus visibility
and breath-taking variety of marine life offer a world of exciting
logbook entries. Each island offers very different diving adventures
for divers of all levels-from novice to Nitrox and tek diving.
Grand Cayman visitors can choose from a wonderland of more than
159 dive sites. It's all here: steep, deep walls adorned with
sponges and corals in a stunning array of colours; shallow reefs
filled with schooling and solitary fish and small invertebrates;
and wrecks featuring photogenic structures and curious marine
residents. There's also the World's Best 12 Foot Dive - unique
Cayman's reefs offer a variety of marine life encounters. The
fish and critters are unafraid of divers, knowing we pose no threat.
They don't flee when approached. Instead, silvery Tarpon hover
motionless in mid-water, surrounded by glittery Silversides, and
French Angelfish fin in close to check you out. Huge Barrel Sponges
and swirling schools of fish are common off Grand Cayman. These
reefs are unspoiled, gorgonians and hard corals thrive in the
clear, warm waters. And, last but not least, most dive sites are
just minutes offshore.
Grotto and Eden Rock are among Cayman's best-known and loved dive
sites. You'll find it miraculous that this coral system is so
close to shore.
Cayman Brac's rugged 14 square miles retains the charm and friendliness
of a traditional seafaring community - yet offers the country's
most dramatic scenery. "Brac" is the Gaelic word for
bluff, the Brac's dominant natural attraction, a limestone ridge
which rises gradually from the west along the center of the island
to 140 ft. at the eastern tip, plunging as a sheer dramatic cliff
into the indigo Caribbean below. It sculpts the landscape into
unexpected vistas carved with caves and covered with a startling
variety of trees and plant life.
as rugged and fascinating are the Brackers themselves, a warm
and independent population of fewer than 1300. They take pride
in their homeland and enjoy sharing it visitors. Small towns have
names like West End, Watering Place, Cotton Tree Bay, Creek and
Spot Bay. Tropical flowers bloom year-round in carefully-tended
yards surrounding charming Caymanian - style homes. The Brac's
special peacefulness refreshes - but its startling contrasts will
awaken your adventurous spirit!
Little Cayman, at only 10 miles long and a mile wide, offers that
rare combination of sun-blessed solitude, glistening beaches and
miles of untouched tropical wilderness. Here, shy iguanas and
rare birds outnumber humans. Bloody Bay Marine Park is one of
the world's truly legendary dive sites: the sheer coral wall begins
at 20 ft. and plunges to 6000 ft. Booby Pond Nature Reserve, 203-acre
bird sanctuary, is home to 5000 pairs of nesting Red Footed Boobies.