Cayman Islands in a nutshell
Sophisticated, diverse, with incredible wall diving & great visibility - the Caymans have been attracting divers for decades.
Intro to the Caymans and Overview of areas
Grand Cayman is a sophisticated Caribbean island with great nightlife, great resort options, and the wonderful attraction of stingray city, and very good wall diving. Grand Cayman is the most commercial island, with cruise ships visiting, but it has some wrecks wall dives are close boat rides. Stingray city, where stingrays can be hand-fed squid, is in only 12ft of water, and is a huge draw for divers and underwater photographers.
Great wall diving at a tiny, secluded island. It is less traveled with marvelous wall diving. It also has a famous must-dive Russian destroyer wreck. The wreck was formerly called destroyer 356, but has been renamed the MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts. There are some very friendly groupers in Cayman Brac. Cayman Brac is just 5 miles from Little Cayman.
The least developed of the 3 islands, Little Cayman is 80 miles east of Grand Cayman, and boasts over 50 dives sites. Dive sites can plunge down to over 6,000ft deep, with Bloody Bay being the most famous wall dive on the island. Its lack of topside development attracts people looking to get away. Little Cayman also has some friendly groupers, and Cayman Brac is about 40 minute boat ride away. Eating out here can get expensive, so try to get a meal package if possible.
Cayman Islands Marine Life
Cayman Islands has a lot of large sponges, some good macro, and some tiny fish. For big animals - you can find a good number or turtles and groupers, tarpon, nurse sharks, great barracuda, and stingrays. Stingray city has very large, friendly stingrays that are used to getting fed.
For macro subjects - jawfish, angelfish, morays, gobies, pufferfish, lettuce slug nudibranchs and lionfish can all be readily found.
This short well-shot video shows the highlights of Grand Cayman diving - reefs, Stingray city, the Kittawake wreck, and some turtles.
A direct flight from Miami to Grand Cayman takes only 70 minutes. From Grand Cayman, you can transfer to Little Cayman or Cayman Brac. There are also usually direct flights from Boston, Chicago and New York.
When to visit the Caymans
"High Season" at the hotels is mid-December to mid-April, so rates will be higher then. September can bring rougher waters if there is a tropical storm, and that is also the month with a higher chance of a hurricane, although hurricanes are not common. June to October brings higher topside temperatures (up to 33C, 91F).
Caymen Essential Facts
- Money - USD
- Electricity - 110V, same as US
- Vaccines recommended - Hep A; Typhoid if you will travel to rural areas
- Visa - none needed for US citizens or European Union
- Language - English
- Safety - Generally safe but petty theft can occur