Scuba Diving Near the Cayman Islands

An underwater mountain range makes diving and snorkeling in the Cayman Islands a unique experience

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The Cayman Islands have some of the most sought after waters for diving and snorkeling in the world. The deepest point in the Caribbean Sea is located here, reaching farther than 25 thousand feet below the surface of the ocean.

The Cayman Islands are situated at the top of an underwater mountain range, allowing for endless navigable nooks and crannies for divers and snorkelers. The Cayman Trench surrounds the islands, which begins its vertical decent with the Cayman Ridge about 100 yards from shore.

The Cayman Islands are situated at the top of an underwater mountain range, allowing for endless navigable nooks and crannies for divers. The Cayman Trench surrounds the islands, which begins its vertical decent with the Cayman Ridge about 100 yards from shore.

Diving is superb no matter where you dive, with a regular visibility of about 150 feet, and favorable diving weather about nine months out of the year. During the winter, diving and snorkeling is still possible, but cold fronts can make waters rough. If this is the case, stick to the southern coast. Regardless of when and where you dive or snorkel, you can expect to see a variety of tropical marine life, including eels, sea turtles, blue tang, and tarpon.

Even if you are a diving, consider planning a diving tour during your Cayman Islands vacation. For a cost of between $60 and $500(USD), depending upon the length of your tour and dive, knowledgeable guides will take you straight to some of the top underwater destinations that surround the islands, and brief you on what you can expect to see. The cost of transportation, equipment, and often snacks and beverages are included in the price.

Diving, unlike snorkeling, requires training. Because an air tank is required to allow divers to reach depths far below the water’s surface, divers must be taught how to properly use it before they may be permitted to jump in. If you plan to dive with an experienced diver, you can take a day course for around $100(USD) to learn the basics. More extensive certification can be obtained for about $500(USD) and a weeks’ worth of training. This will allow you explore on your own.

There are 26 dive operators, a variety of dive shops, and at least 231 interesting dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops available can be seen in the following table.

Dive Shops Near the Cayman Islands
Name Phone Location
Cayman Diving College (345) 945-1611 Georgetown
Deep Blue Divers (345) 916-1293 Georgetown
Divers Down (345) 945-1611 Georgetown
Divers Supply (345) 949-7621 Seven Mile Beach
Divers World (345) 949-8128 1.2 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown
Divetech at Lighthouse Point (345) 949-1700 West Bay, Western part of the Cayman Islands
Eden Rock Diving Center (345) 949-7243 0.3 mi. South West of Downtown Georgetown
Happy Fish Divers (345) 547-5699 West Bay
Indigo Divers (345) 525-3932 Grand Cayman
Lobster Pot Dive Center (345) 946-8685 0.5 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown

If you'd like to go diving, you might want to check with Divetech. Every day, Divetech brings the boat out full of divers from their two different locations, each involving two tank dives for an hour apiece using 100% computer profiles. You'll visit the shear North Walls, shallow reef, USS Kittiwake wreck and Stingray City -- just choose what you're interested in. They are located within western the Cayman Islands.

Another good option is Ocean Frontiers. The dive operation that literally wrote the book on diving Grand Cayman's East End, there is no one who knows the waters in this area than Ocean Frontiers. This center offers small group dives to the to spots in the surrounding waters, as well as training courses further your knowledge of the process regardless of your current skill level. They can be reached at (345) 947-7500.

A third good option is Sunset Diving. "For Divers, By Divers" is the motto that Sunset Divers lives by. Everyone on the staff is highly experiences and sincerely loves diving and training new divers. They're located in Georgetown, in western the Cayman Islands.

Be sure to look through the following table for information concerning diving services in the area.

Dive Operators Near the Cayman Islands
Name Phone Location Island
Absolute Divers (345) 916-4133 Georgetown Grand Cayman
Ambassador Divers (345) 949-4530 1.5 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman
B S A C Cayman Islands Divers (345) 949-1308 Grand Cayman Grand Cayman
Brac Scuba Shack (345) 926-2584 Cayman Brac Cayman Brac
Cayman Diveshuttle (345) 525-8555 West Bay Grand Cayman
Cayman Diving (345) 926-4729 Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman
Cayman Turtle Divers (345) 938-0184 2.7 mi. East of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman
DNS Diving (345) 916-2490 Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman
Dive Center at Pirates Point (345) 948-1010 1.9 mi. West of Central Blossom Village Little Cayman
Divetech (345) 946-5658 Western part of the Cayman Islands Grand Cayman
Don Fosters Dive Cayman (345) 945-5132 Georgetown Grand Cayman
Epic Divers (345) 526-5020 Georgetown Grand Cayman
Go Pro Diving (345) 925-9092 1.3 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman
Indepth Watersports (345) 926-8604 Grand Cayman Grand Cayman
Living the Dream Divers (345) 526-3483 2.0 mi. North of Downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman
Ocean Frontiers (345) 947-7500 East End, Western part of the Cayman Islands Grand Cayman
Off The Wall Divers (345) 945-7525 Grand Cayman Grand Cayman
Paradise Divers (345) 948-0001 Little Cayman Little Cayman
Pirate Divers (345) 324-3271 Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman
Red Sail Sports Beach Suites (877) 506-6368 2.7 mi. North of Central Georgetown Grand Cayman
Reef Divers (855) 439-6815 1.0 mi. South West of Central West End Cayman Brac
Seasports (345) 949-3965 Grand Cayman Grand Cayman
Seven Mile Watersports (345) 949-0332 Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman
Southern Cross Club Diving (345) 948-1099 0.5 mi. Northeast of Central Blossom Village Little Cayman
Sunset Diving (345) 949-7111 0.8 mi. South West of Downtown Georgetown Grand Cayman
Tortuga Divers (877) 506-6368 3.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central East End Grand Cayman

Dive Services

Be sure to look at the chart below for an indication of what typical dive services cost in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 95.0 $ 175.0
Double Tank Dive $ 95.0 $ 130.0
Night Dive $ 55.0 $ 90.0
Open Water Certification $ 340.0 $ 595.0
Single Tank Dive $ 55.0 $ 100.0

Dive Sites

Review the following table to see some key facts concerning some of the area's dive sites.

Dive Sites Near the Cayman Islands
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
3B Wall -- -- -- 19.38348 -81.30776
Airport Wall -- -- -- 19.6922809158 -79.9033019135
Anchor Point -- -- -- 19.35816 -81.13186
Anchor Wall -- -- -- 19.6777342819 -79.8669097015
Andes Reef -- -- -- 19.36396 -81.2538
Andys Wall Very Good -- -- 19.36396 -81.2538
Angel Reef -- -- -- 19.6824216748 -79.8500868866
Ann's Attic Excellent -- 73.2 19.6846666667 -80.0783333333
Babylon Good Open Water / CMAS * 69.9 19.3533166667 -81.1643166667
Barracuda Bight -- -- -- 19.6808785881 -80.098531861
Barrel Sponge Wall -- -- -- 19.35695 -81.09953
Bat Cave -- -- -- 19.7027859961 -79.8021933624
Bear's Paw Good Open Water / CMAS * 98.4 19.3978166667 -81.3603166667
Big Tunnel Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 100.1 19.3682666667 -81.4165166667
Black Forest Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 80.1 19.2711666667 -81.3955
Black Forest north Good -- 49.9 19.38405 -81.3284166667
Black Hole Excellent -- 181.1 19.65575 -80.09195
Black Rock Canyon Very Good -- -- 19.3576 -81.10541
Blackie's Hole -- -- -- 19.27228 -81.3956
Blacktip Boulevard -- -- -- 19.7027784206 -80.0545007178
Blue Butress -- -- -- 19.37617 -81.31365
Blue Peter reef Good -- 29.9 19.38295 -81.3220166667
Blue Pinnacle -- -- -- 19.39383 -81.34561
Bluff Wall -- -- -- 19.733327618 -79.7302672455
Bolero Excellent -- -- 19.34785 -81.3924
Bonnie's Arch Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 72.2 19.37 -81.4194
Breakers' Cutback -- -- -- 19.28875 -81.19395
Buccaneer -- -- -- 19.695190084 -79.8821875641
Bullwinkle West Very Good -- -- 19.26561 -81.36148
Bus Stop Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.6887333333 -80.0715166667
Butterfly Reef -- -- -- 19.6801588126 -79.8663947174
Cascades -- -- -- 19.7115859953 -80.0122720191
Castle Wall -- -- -- 19.38463 -81.315
Cemetery -- -- -- 19.7042404914 -79.8765227386
Charlie's Chimneys -- -- -- 19.6483945532 -80.0997683594
Charlie's Reef -- -- -- 19.7029476074 -79.8698279449
Charlies Chimneys Excellent -- 123.0 19.6558333333 -80.0933333333
Chinese Wall Very Good -- -- 19.38086 -81.29955
Chubb Hole Good Open Water / CMAS * 35.1 19.3504666667 -81.0842833333
Cinderella's Castle -- -- -- 19.34935 -81.08281
Cobalt Ridge Fair -- 82.0 19.3936666667 -81.4004666667
Coconut Walk Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.6809166667 -80.0897666667
Coconut Walk Wall -- -- -- 19.6849193729 -80.0952702949
Coral Cities -- -- -- 19.6896141318 -79.9981448242
Coral Gardens Very Good -- -- 19.36678 -81.32292
Cumber's Caves -- -- -- 19.7039096959 -80.0472051093
Cumber's Caves Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.69055 -80.0697833333
Dede's Garden Very Good -- -- 19.26405 -81.3742
Delia's Delight -- -- -- 19.35895 -81.2453
Delwin's Delight -- -- -- 19.35785 -81.115
Devil's Grotto Fair -- 49.9 19.2925687521 -81.3879846462
Disneyland Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.6760333333 -80.034
Disneyland -- -- -- 19.6854118366 -79.9897334167
Doc Poulson Wreck Fair Open Water / CMAS * 55.1 19.3676 -81.4093
Dolphin Dropoff -- -- -- 19.36921 -81.4197
Donna's Delight -- -- -- 19.6961522191 -80.0708943793
Donna's Delight Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.68395 -80.0810666667
Dragons Hole -- -- -- 19.3663 -81.41226
Duppy's Reef -- -- -- 19.7199158783 -79.8322341034
Durgon's Domain -- -- -- 19.38345 -81.31811
Dynamite Drop Off Excellent -- 140.1 19.65515 -80.0956666667
Dynamite Dropoff Excellent -- 140.1 19.6566666667 -80.1
Eagle Ray Pass Good Open Water / CMAS * 98.4 19.3837 -81.325
Eagle Ray Rock -- -- 70.0 19.27406 -81.3952
Eagle Ray Roundup Fair Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.69445 -80.0678833333
Eagles Nest Very Good -- -- 19.3414 -81.39208
East Chute -- -- -- 19.7010082618 -79.8847624847
Easy Street -- -- -- 19.36791 -81.41588
Eden Rock Fair -- 40.0 19.29315 -81.3871
Eenie Meenie Miney Moe -- -- -- 19.28785 -81.19081
Elkhorn Reef -- -- -- 19.6822600429 -79.8555800507
Elmo's Wall -- -- -- 19.28953 -81.17028
End of Island Wall -- -- -- 19.6804820806 -79.9065634796
End of the Island -- -- -- 19.6645527797 -80.1184445807
Fantasea Land -- -- -- 19.29111 -81.15433
Fish Pot Reef Very Good -- -- 19.30008 -81.3853
Fish Reef Very Good -- 45.9 19.3213333333 -81.39335
Fish Tank Good Open Water / CMAS * 44.9 19.35675 -81.1069666667
Fisheye Funtasea -- -- -- 19.6715035747 -80.1124364326
Flamingo Flamenco Good -- -- 19.37946 -81.29621
Frank Sound Gardens -- -- -- 19.29073 -81.17606
Gail's Mountain -- -- -- 19.3806 -81.29613
Garden Eel Wall -- -- -- 19.7066646207 -79.872574527
Gary's Wall -- -- -- 19.26375 -81.36643
Ghost Mountain Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 98.4 19.4024333333 -81.3854666667
Gigglin' Marlin Legacy -- -- -- 19.30413 -81.0728
Great Wall East -- -- -- 19.6928390155 -80.0811940619
Great Wall West -- -- -- 19.689121681 -80.0829106757
Great Wall West Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.6819166667 -80.08685
Greenhouse Reef -- -- -- 19.735104993 -79.8094031403
Greenhouse Wall -- -- -- 19.7363976169 -79.8147246429
Grouper Grotto Good Open Water / CMAS * 49.9 19.2962833333 -81.0859833333
Grouper Hole -- -- -- 19.7031900239 -79.9507662842
Grundy’'s Gardens Excellent -- 47.9 19.6558333333 -80.09
Grunt Valley -- -- -- 19.7045637107 -79.8657080719
Hammerhead Hill Good -- 100.1 19.3839666667 -81.3090833333
Hammerhead Hole -- -- -- 19.33621 -81.38911
Hammerhead Hole Good -- 49.9 19.3362166667 -81.3891166667
Harold's Holes -- -- -- 19.6469395509 -80.0930735657
Hedy's Reef -- -- -- 19.6896949441 -79.8332640717
Hepp's Pipeline -- -- -- 19.38538 -81.41645
High Rock Drop Off Good Open Water / CMAS * 60.0 19.2900833333 -81.1240333333
Hoffman's Hangout Very Good -- 65.6 19.2699833333 -81.3924666667
Hole in the Wall Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 105.0 19.3928 -81.3454
In Between Good -- 57.1 19.3673 -81.4143666667
Indigo Drop Off Very Good -- -- 19.3978 -81.35128
Inside Out -- -- -- 19.6882403167 -79.8257109711
Iron Shore Gardens Good Open Water / CMAS * 55.1 19.2914166667 -81.1436333333
Jack McKenny's Canyon -- -- -- 19.2934 -81.09036
Jackson's Bight -- -- -- 19.7035864752 -80.042055268
Jackson's Reef and Wall Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.69215 -80.0690666667
Japanese Garden West Very Good -- 50.0 19.2678 -81.34735
Jax Dax Very Good -- -- 19.34085 -81.39005
Jay's Reef -- -- -- 19.6479095539 -80.096850116
Jig Saw Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 2952.8 19.6729833333 -80.1032166667
Joy's Joy -- -- -- 19.6797471501 -80.1028233954
Joys Joy Excellent Open Water / CMAS * 2952.8 19.67875 -80.09285
Julie's Wall Fair -- 32.8 19.3941666667 -81.4175
Kangaroo Gorge -- -- -- 19.28886 -81.1214
Kathleen's Reef -- -- -- 19.35845 -81.12348
Kelly's Caverns Good Open Water / CMAS * 55.1 19.2912833333 -81.1460166667
Kissamee -- -- -- 19.6995537372 -79.8778960297
Knife Good -- -- 19.35911 -81.39935
L.C.M. David Nicholson Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 60.0 19.28735 -81.3926166667
La Mesa Good -- -- 19.32168 -81.39308
Lea Lea's Lookout -- -- -- 19.6855658891 -80.0913220832
Lealeas Lookout Very Good -- 110.9 19.6811 -80.0888166667
Lemon drop off Good -- 100.1 19.3839333333 -81.3224333333
Lemon reef Good -- 55.1 19.3853166667 -81.3268166667
Leslie's curl Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 98.4 19.3842 -81.3203
Lighthouse Reef -- -- -- 19.6769260968 -79.8784110138
Little House on the Prairie Good Open Water / CMAS * 55.1 19.2912166667 -81.14815
Lodge Anchor Good Open Water / CMAS * 49.9 19.2905666667 -81.11235
Lone Star Very Good -- 42.0 19.3268333333 -81.391
Lost Treasure Reef Very Good -- -- 19.35385 -81.3934
Lost Wall of East End -- -- -- 19.31793 -81.0724
Lucas Ledge -- -- -- 19.6816943297 -80.0213191101
MV Captain Keith Tibbetts Good -- 114.8 19.6929833333 -79.8831833333
Maggie's Maze Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 55.1 19.2911666667 -81.1447833333
Manta Canyon -- -- -- 19.6896949441 -79.8150679657
Marilyn's Cut -- -- -- 19.6997885832 -80.0665599296
Marilyn's Cut -- -- -- 19.7013239121 -80.0620538184
Marilyn's Cut Excellent Open Water / CMAS * 2952.8 19.68475 -80.0789333333
Marty's Wall -- -- -- 19.36011 -81.4
Meadows -- -- -- 19.7057682021 -80.0330430457
Middle Chute -- -- -- 19.6976143504 -79.8897406647
Mike's Mount -- -- -- 19.705687398 -80.0295239875
Mike's Mountain Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.6964833333 -80.0663
Mixing Bowl Excellent -- 111.9 19.6848833333 -80.0778833333
Monet's Garden -- -- -- 19.38056 -81.30298
Nancy's Cup of Tea -- -- -- 19.7069802598 -80.0175935218
Nancy's Cup of Tea Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.69925 -80.0648666667
Northwest Point Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 1148.3 19.3694166667 -81.4206666667
Ocean Point Deep -- -- -- 19.39523 -81.40105
Ocean Point Shallow -- -- -- 19.39263 -81.39957
Old Issacs -- -- -- 19.2953 -81.08908
Old Wreckhead -- -- -- 19.31288 -81.0721
Omega Reef -- -- -- 19.35635 -81.14256
Orange Canyon Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 131.2 19.3696 -81.4192
Oro Verde Excellent -- 56.1 19.3386 -81.3907
Pallas Pinnacle East -- -- -- 19.2593 -81.37566
Pat's Wall Excellent Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 98.4 19.2931 -81.0888
Patch Reef -- -- -- 19.7008466486 -79.8737761566
Patty's Place Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.65545 -80.1044166667
Patty's Point -- -- -- 19.6501728714 -80.1054331848
Paul's Anchor -- -- -- 19.7053641809 -80.0248891303
Paul's Anchor -- -- -- 19.7057682021 -80.0208550879
Pedro's Reef -- -- -- 19.26645 -81.29436
Pillar Coral Reef -- -- -- 19.6827449383 -79.8451087067
Pirate's Reef -- -- -- 19.6525978189 -80.1038882324
Playing Fields Very Good -- 60.0 19.2920333333 -81.1037
Plymouth Rock -- -- -- 19.7302575601 -79.8157546112
Preston Bay -- -- -- 19.6543760905 -80.1088664124
Prince Frederick Wreck -- -- -- 19.7021395496 -79.7752425262
Princess Penny's Wall Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 98.4 19.3845 -81.3332
Public Beach -- -- -- 19.6917960493 -79.8205611298
Radar Reef -- -- -- 19.7242788569 -79.8250243256
Radar Reef Fair -- 65.6 19.7144833333 -79.8336666667
Randy's Gazebo Excellent Open Water / CMAS * 2952.8 19.6836833333 -80.0831833333
Ringer Wall -- -- -- 19.6863740305 -80.0856572577
Robert's Wall -- -- -- 19.38076 -81.29803
Rock Monster Chimney -- -- -- 19.7103815477 -79.7649428436
Rockhouse Wall -- -- -- 19.6669850871 -80.0343653748
Round Rock East -- -- -- 19.36483 -81.40786
Round-a-Bout -- -- -- 19.38433 -81.3183
Royal Palms Ledge Very Good -- -- 19.31895 -81.39328
Rutledge Roundabout -- -- -- 19.6522744947 -80.0692126343
Sand Castles Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 2952.8 19.6684 -80.1079666667
Sand Chute Very Good -- -- 19.3617 -81.40168
Sand Chute Good Open Water / CMAS * 100.1 19.3321666667 -81.3928333333
Sarah's Set -- -- -- 19.70221278 -80.0581914374
School Bus Wall -- -- -- 19.7031016429 -80.0509816596
School House Wall -- -- -- 19.7178151424 -79.8602149078
Schoolhouse Reef Very Good -- -- 19.39306 -81.40376
Scuba Bowl Good Open Water / CMAS * 75.1 19.2923333333 -81.0879833333
Sea Fans (1 to 3) Fair -- 36.1 19.3922833333 -81.4060333333
Sea Feather Wall -- -- -- 19.685492651 -79.8403021881
Sergeant Major -- -- -- 19.6772493713 -79.8720595428
Slaughterhouse Wall -- -- -- 19.36296 -81.40405
Smith's Cove Good -- -- 19.27576 -81.39318
Snapper Hole Good Open Water / CMAS * 44.9 19.34415 -81.0778333333
Snapper Reef -- -- -- 19.709896736 -79.8464819977
Soto Trader -- -- -- 19.6525978189 -80.0788256714
Soto Trader Wreck Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 60.0 19.65515 -80.0823
Splitsville -- -- -- 19.6807245312 -80.0050112793
Stingray City Very Good -- 6.6 19.3846833333 -81.3442833333
Stingray City (Sandbar) Very Good -- 6.6 19.3758 -81.3048333333
Stuey's Crevasse -- -- -- 19.27268 -81.3933
Sunset reef Good -- 69.9 19.2863 -81.3914166667
Tarpon Alley Good Open Water / CMAS * 98.4 19.3853833333 -81.33655
Tarpon Tap Room Good Open Water / CMAS * 55.1 19.2913666667 -81.1501666667
Tarpon Tunnels -- -- -- 19.38693 -81.33815
The Arch -- -- -- 19.29046 -81.11458
The Edge -- -- -- 19.648879551 -80.0652644226
The Hobbit -- -- -- 19.6730467517 -79.8861357758
The Kittiwake Good -- 64.0 19.3619 -81.4012166667
The Maze Good Open Water / CMAS * 65.0 19.2940166667 -81.0923
Three Sisters Good Open Water / CMAS * 65.0 19.2885166667 -81.1177166667
Three Towers Very Good -- -- 19.4 -81.3897
Tiara Tunnels -- -- -- 19.6780575547 -79.8615881989
Top Secret -- -- -- 19.35708 -81.15036
Turtle Pass -- -- -- 19.35616 -81.09551
Turtle Reef Good -- 80.1 19.3831 -81.4168166667
Valley of the Turtles Excellent -- -- 19.39201 -81.4122
Wall Street Good -- -- 19.3621 -81.40265
West Chute -- -- -- 19.6964830307 -79.8969504425
Wild Hammer Excellent -- -- 19.32268 -81.38943
Windsock -- -- -- 19.648879551 -80.0872370789
Windsock Excellent -- 48.9 19.6558333333 -80.1016666667
Wreck of the Balboa Good -- -- 19.29733 -81.38626
Wreck of the Gamma -- -- -- 19.3086665307 -81.3866865635

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both beginners and experienced divers, read our exhaustive guide to diving in the Caribbean.

...The U.S.S. Kittiwake sits at a depth of 62 feet below sea level...

 

Artificial Reef

In 1996, an artificial reef was created off the Northwest coast of Cayman Brac with the intentional sinking of the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts. The 330-foot Russian war ship put Cayman Brac on the diving map at the time. Today, the haunting site of the sunken ship is even more spectacular due to the sponges and coral that have grown to coat the vessel.

Hoping to recreate the success of the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, hired contractors began sinking a U.S. Navy 1945 submarine rescue ship off of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman on January 5, 2011. The U.S.S. Kittiwake sits at a depth of 62 feet below sea level, and will similarly become encrusted with sponges and coral the longer it remains submurged.

In January of 2014, a 13-foot sculpture called the "Gaurdan of the Reef" will be sunk in West Bay just off Lighthouse Point 65 feet under the surface of the sea. The statue is half seahorse, half Greco-Roman warrior, and features armour, a staff, a sphere, and a circular shield and has been cast in bronze by Canadian artist Simon Morris. Including the four foot concrete pedastool it is set on, the sculpture is 17 feet tall. The hope is that this sculpture will become part of the reef, and divers will be charged to see it. A portion of the fee will go towards conservation education, with a goal of $20,000 being raised in the first year.

Tips

  • Be aware of currents and stay watchful of your location. Getting too far off course can make returning difficult.
  • Wear a watch so you don't lose track of time - it's easy to do underwater.
  • Don't feed the fish or touch the animals or coral. Their protective layers can be stripped away.
  • Never stand or walk on a reef, and tread carefully in shallow water around reefs. (Shuffle your feet to avoid stingrays, and watch out for sea urchins, spines.)
  • Never wear jewelry. Caribbean fish, barracudas especially, seem to be drawn to shiny objects that look like their natural prey, small silver fish.
  • Avoid jellyfish, fire coral, and other stinging creatures.
  • Never reach into holes or crevices; animals - especially moray eels - like to make their homes in them.
  • Shark sightings are rare, and sharks that are spotted are usually passive. If you do see a shark, stay calm, and if necessary, move slowly out of the water.
  • Never remove anything from dive sites and reefs; it is illegal to do so.

If diving is your passion, a trip on your Cayman Island’s trip is a must; and if you’ve never dipped your head underwater before, there is no better place to start.

 

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