Cayman Islands for Divers

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Cayman Islands luxury 8-day dive trip

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Diving is one of the top things to do in the Cayman Islands, and you can choose from various options, depending on your interest level. If you only want to add a few dives to your travel itinerary, shore and boat dives are a fantastic option. Grand Cayman is known for its many spectacular dive sites that are easily accessible from shore, and you’ll find plenty of top-notch diver operators on the island. Pirate Divers, Red Sail Sports, Wall to Wall Diving and Dan Foster’s Dive Cayman are all reputable companies offering everything from shore and boat dives to night diving, PADI courses and Stingray City tours. Some of these companies also offer private dive charters.

If you’re a serious diver and want to do most of your sightseeing under water, check out this eight-day Cayman Islands for Divers itinerary on the 33-meter luxury liveaboard, Cayman Aggressor IV. You’ll visit the top sites off Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Together, the three islands encompass more than 360 dive sites, so you’ll have plenty to keep you busy. Visibility in the Cayman Islands is excellent, often exceeding 100 feet. By the end of your Caribbean trip, you can tick off more than 22 dives, including night dives. All abilities are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

Cayman Islands for Divers: Day 1

Arrive in Grand Cayman. Stay at Sunset House, one of the top Grand Cayman diving resorts, perched on the craggy shoreline, a 15-minute walk from George Town. The hotel is home to a PADI dive shop, comfortable guest rooms, a pool with a waterfall and whirlpool and a restaurant at the water’s edge. 

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Days 2 to 7

Board the 33-meter luxury Cayman Aggressor IV liveaboard dive boat. Convenient onboard diving amenities include a large swim platform, personal gear lockers, warm freshwater showers, rinse tanks, and air/nitrox fill stations. Photographers will appreciate the camera station. When you’re not diving, you can relax on the covered sundeck or soak in the hot tub, and the nine well-appointed staterooms include features like private ensuite bathrooms, individual climate control, TVs, DVDs, and daily housekeeping. One of the best parts of the trip is mingling with the other divers — music and bar service make for fun evenings after a busy day of diving. The food is another highpoint. The chef prepares mouthwatering American-style meals with fresh local specialties each day. 

During your voyage, you’ll visit prime dive sites off the coast of the three islands. Depending on conditions, possible sites including the following:

Grand Cayman

  • Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef, an Ex-US Navy Submarine Rescue Vessel sunk in 2011, off the northern end of Seven Mile Beach
  • North Wall, known for its vertical drop-offs and walls
  • Stingray City a shallow water dive site on a sandbar
  • Devil’s Grotto, a wonderful beginner and intermediate dive site with huge coral heads and fish-filled swim-throughs

Little Cayman

  • Bloody Bay Wall, a steep wall plunging to depths of more than 1,800 meters
  • Jackson Bight, also in Bloody Bay Marine Park, with chutes, crevices, tunnels, and plenty of colorful fish

Cayman Brac

  • Captain Keith Tibbetts, the sunken Russian frigate and one of the most famous wrecks in the world

Day 8

Return to Grand Cayman and stay a final night at Sunset House, basking around the pool, swimming in the silky sea, and wining and dining at the resort’s waterfront SeaHarvest Restaurant and My Bar – a favorite with locals and visitors. 

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