The diving on Grand Cayman is divided roughly into 4 areas; Seven Mile Beach and the Northwest Point, The North Wall, The South Side, and The East End, with over 159 dive sites. Because of the prevailing south-east winds, it is rare to dive the South Side dive sites, though it is done when possible as the sites are really lovely. Due to the myriad sites available for diving, there are opportunities for virtually all levels of divers to explore this stunning underwater world. Popular dive sites include the Kittiwake which is located on the North Western tip of Seven Mile Beach, and the popular, 12 foot dive of Stingray City.
Visibility is exceptionally good due to the island's geography. There is very little runoff of silt or fertilizers from the land, and the steep walls result in the reefs being unusually close to deep ocean water.
Marine life in Grand Cayman includes tarpon, silversides, French angelfish, and Barrel Sponges among others.
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman
Both of the 'sister islands' are thin strips of land lying roughly east to west, and the diving is divided between the north and south sides. Because of the prevailing south-east winds, it is rare to dive on the south side of these islands. Cayman Brac features over 50 dive sites and popular among nature lovers. On Cayman Brac, you'll find the MV Capt. Keith Tibbets. Best for experienced divers, it is the only Russian warship available to divers in the Western hemisphere. Cayman Brac also has an additional 11 dive sites reachable by shore. On Little Cayman, 'Bloody Bay Wall' and 'Jackson Bay' are commonly requested dive destinations. Little Cayman features shallow dives as low at 20 feet and as deep as 6,000 feet. They are both situated on the north side of the island, and are not accessible year-round because of weather conditions.