The Cayman Islands are known for scuba diving. It is one of the top diving destinations according to many sources. People travel to the Cayman Islands strictly to dive and evolve their vacation around scuba diving. Divers can choose from a variety of dive sites. There are over 300 dive sites to choose from. The water is crystal clear with 100 feet plus visibility. So, if you have a camera, find gear to bring it underwater. You can take wonderful pictures underwater of the marine life you will see. Divers can explore steep, deep walls, swim-throughs, sponges and colorful corals, reefs, wrecks, and all of the marine life. The Cayman Islands are actually known for the best wall diving in the world. You might see, sea turtles, angel fish, lobsters, eels, groupers, parrot fish, schools of fish, etc. etc. etc. Most dive sites are just minutes from the shore.
Grand Cayman is strict with reef conservation. You are not allowed to touch or harm them in any way. This gives photographers and videographers great photo opportunities to capture since the marine life are not afraid of divers, since they know they will not be harmed. These reefs are unspoiled. Experienced divers also have the option of wall diving.
Another way to experience all the scuba diving you can experience is a Liveaboard. A Liveaboard is a boat where you stay at sea for around a week depending on your boat. You basically eat, sleep, and scuba dive the entire time. You are able to dive more often and see more of the Cayman Islands, the boats also travel to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
My cousin and her husband dove with two different operations, which were Cayman Dive Shuttle and DiveTech. They dove 4 dives with Cayman Dive Shuttle and 5 dives with DiveTech. The other 3 dives were shore dives.
– Cayman Dive Shuttle has a more customized dive experience for divers. The operation is owned by a husband/wife team and they have one small boat that fits maximum of 8 people all together. They keep the groups small for a more personalized and relaxed experience, away from the crowds.
– DiveTech is another great operation. They have two large boats and two departure sites, which are Lighthouse Point and Cobalt Coast Dive Resort. Once again, my cousin informed me about some of their dives. They dived with DiveTech for three days. When you dive with DiveTech for three or more days, you get unlimited shore diving and an overall discount on diving. So you will get a pretty good deal. DiveTech goes on a deep dive and then follows that with a shallow reef dive. There was more available on the boat for use such as a device to analyze Nitrox, which Cayman Dive Shuttle did not have. DiveTech’s crew was friendly and at times would let you explore without the guide as long as you had a buddy to roam underwater with.