As residents of these Islands, we are well aware that the Cayman Islands are world renowned for their incredible scuba diving and snorkelling. Underwater visibility is second to none, there are virtually no currents and the Caribbean Sea is warm and calm.
There are amazing wall dives and beautiful coral reefs and wrecks to discover, all of which are teeming with tropical fish. If you are ‘dive-curious’ there are a host of dive operators that can teach you how to dive, improve your skills, or even turn your passion into a career.
2016 saw the Cayman Islands continue to attract a great deal of recognition: The Islands appeared in the top two for the following readers’ choice awards by Scuba Diving Magazine; Best Wall Dives (#2), Best Dive Sites (#2), Best Wreck Diving (#2), Best Beaches (#1), Best Dive Operators (#2) and Best Dive Resort (Sunset House #1)! It was also voted number two in the Best Overall Diving in the Caribbean/Atlantic region.
The Cayman dive industry has not just been receiving awards; it’s also continuing to do its best to protect its most precious resource. Cayman is hyper-aware of the importance of the coral reefs to not only the island but also its waters and dive industry. In 2016 Cayman introduced its first coral nurseries with the aim of growing coral to be used to help repair damaged reefs as well as develop new reef systems. In addition, Cayman is also actively pursuing its lionfish culling programme by encouraging divers and dive operators to remove as many lionfish from Cayman waters as possible. Read on to find out more about these initiatives.
Wreck diving in the Cayman Islands is becoming increasingly popular as it provides a dramatic diving experience, as well as attracting thousands of species of fish, beautiful coral and sponges. There are a number of spectacular wrecks situated around the Cayman Islands and as more marine life inhabits these sites, the better they get. It’s fair to say that the following dive sites should be at the top of any divers’ list.
Dive 365 is an exciting programme that has developed a total of 365 separate dive sites around the Cayman Islands, giving divers a unique dive site for every day of the year. As well as enabling divers to explore the magnificent underwater world, the programme also allows sites to be rested. The diversity of sites offers dive options for all skill levels. Divers can explore 235 dive sites in Grand Cayman, 65 in Cayman Brac and 66 in Little Cayman. For more information call CITA on (345) 949 8522 or email:[email protected]
Additionally, idivecayman.com provides HD footage and diver reviews of each of the 235 dives in Grand Cayman, making it a helpful resource when deciding on a particular site.
It is essential to learn to dive for many new arrivals to the Island. Popular training agencies for diver education and certification are PADI, NAUI, SDI, NAUI and SSI, offered by a variety of dive operators in Cayman.