The Diving / Dive sites      ( Scroll over images for rollover effect )

 Grand Cayman sits on top of a sea mount above the Cayman trench. The island itself is made up of limestone deposits and marine fossils (ironshore) and is surrounded by inner reefs that descend from sea level to 60ft +/- forming the inner reef shelf, before hitting the outer wall that drops to 6000ft first, and then the ocean floor some 25,000ft below to the Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean ocean. It is on the inner reefs and the top of the outer wall where the majority of our  diving is done on Grand Cayman. The inner reefs are of a limestone base covered with extensive hard and soft corals, a huge variety of fans, tubes and sponges, surrounded by sand. The outer wall has dramatic topography with spectacularDive Cayman with Cayman Dive Shuttle on Eagle Ray pass when scuba diving on Grand Cayman  drop offs, a vast array of swim throughs, pinnacles and gullies, and is also famed for its massive deep sea fans, black coral and huge sponges.

Amongst the inner reefs and on the outer wall lives the incredible amount of sea life that thrive off this ecosystem. Schools of grunts, snappers and jacks, moray eels, trumpet, trigger, and butterfly fish, Caribbean reef lobster, file and parrot fish, all compete for space on the reefs, along with a host of smaller critters. Larger species include green, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles, horse eye jacks, nurse and Caribbean reef shark, barracuda, grouper and tarpon. Buried in the sand are southern stingrays and jaw fish. Off the wall, sightings of hammerhead shark and eagle rays are common (see Dive Sites – top).
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Water temperature varies from 78ºF in the winter up to 90ºF in the summer, and visibility 120ft +/- with little or no current, making all year round good diving conditions. From its shallower inshore reefs to the deeper wall dives, Grand Cayman caters for all levels of dive experience and has favourable conditions for divers wishing to continue in further dive education (see Courses / Diver education page).

We are based at North West Point and launch from either Morgan’s Harbour, West Bay or South Sound docks, giving us the option to dive either the North Wall, West Bay, or South Sound dive sites depending on the weather. This enables us to be flexible with our scheduling and clients are able to experience different dive locations on Grand Cayman. We take a max capacity of 8 divers to keep the groups small, all our dives are guided, and we cater for all levels of experience. Our turn around for single tank dives is usually 90mins +/- (25mins to kit up and go to the dive site, 45mins bottom time +/-, 20mins heading back).
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Children and diving

 From the age of 10 to 11 years old divers can dive to a maximum depth of 40ft regardless of qualification. From 12 to 14 years old, the maximum depth for Open Water qualification is 60ft, and for Advanced Open water qualification 70ft. 15 years old and over, divers can dive to all depths, are classed as adults and partake in all courses up to Rescue Diver and Specialities (see Courses / Diver Education page, Children 10 – 15 years).
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Dusk and Night dives                                                             ( Scroll over images for rollover effect )

 We offer dusk and night dives either from boat or shore. We originally introduced dusk dives to cater for residents on the island who wanted to dive mid week but found it difficult due to work commitments and didn’t necessarily want to do night dives. Dusk dives are the turn around time on the reef when the daylight species start to find their safe spots for the night, and the night predators start patrolling. As a result we are usually the only boat on the wall at this time of day and we tendDive Cayman with Cayman Dive Shuttle, dusk dive North wall, Scuba diving Grand Cayman  to see some of the bigger pelagics around this time, ie. hammerhead, eagle rays in formation, goliath grouper, Caribbean and slipper lobster, and a lot more smaller critters. We are usually back to shore just after the sun sets behind the horizon. Dusk dives are also a good introduction to night diving, have become very popular, and are well suited for using enriched air/nitrox (see Enriched Air / Nitrox page).

Night diving presents different challenges compared to day diving. As such, divers must be night dive qualified and/or have dived with us before, or can elect for an “Adventure Night dive” (see Courses / Diver Education page) under the supervision of 1 of our instructors. Night dives are either from boat or shore and we provide the torches and cylums. At night the more unusual critters come out, night shrimps are found crawling on the extended coral polyps, lobster, squid and octopus are more active, blood worms dance in the beam of torches, moray eels found free swimming, and barracuda and jacks are seen on the hunt. Around full moon, coral can be seen spawning – a unique experience. Dive times vary upon request.              ( back to top )

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