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.
2017 saw the Cayman Islands continue to attract a great deal of recognition for diving. This year the Islands were voted the Best Overall Diving in the Carribbean/Atlantic. It also appeared in the top five for the following readers’ choice awards by Scuba Diving Magazine; Best Wall Dives, Best Dive Sites, Best Wreck Diving, Best Dive Operators and Best Dive Resort.
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.
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.
You may want to complete further courses to build on your experience. The Advanced course is next and introduces you to deep diving navigation diving plus 3 other speciality dives in area that interest you. The very little classroom study required for the course can also be done online with the remainder of the course completed in the water.
Free Diving (breath hold diving) allows you to interact with the marine life while you make no bubbles and no noise under water! Courses can vary from a half day experience to a full certification course. The experience programme is designed for snorkelers that would like to increase their capabilities in the water, where as the certification will teach you the proper skills and knowledge to participate in free diving for 60+ feet.
The Cayman Islands has some of the best snorkeling in the world. Snorkeling is both a safe and easy way to enjoy the spectacular marine life Cayman has to offer. From the calm waters of Seven Mile Beach to the West End of Cayman Brac, where ever you choose to snorkel, you will be met by beautiful coral reefs and an array of astonishing marine life.