20 Best Dive Sites In The Cayman Islands (2021)

 

In this article, we review the top 20 scuba dive sites in the Cayman Islands. 

 

1. Bloody Bay Wall

Bloody Bay Wall is located in Little Cayman.

This is a wall that drops 2000 meters to the sea floor. This is one of the deepest sea-walls in the world.

You will see many sea creatures such as octopus and arrow crabs. The famous diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau said that Bloody Bay Wall is one of the top dive sites in the world.

picture of diver at bloody bay wall

 

2. USS Kittiwake

The USS Kittiwake is an ex-US Navy ship that was purposely sunk in Grand Cayman to create a new dive site.

This is a must-do dive for people vacationing in Grand Cayman. You need to take a boat to reach this wreck.

Click the link below to read our article about the USS Kittiwake:

USS Kittiwake

picture of the kittiwake shipwreck underwater

 

3. Wilderness Wall 

Wilderness Wall is located on the south-side of Cayman Brac.

This is a deep wall that drops several hundred feet into the abyss. If you are vacationing in Cayman Brac, then you need to visit this spot.

picture of divers underwater with dozens of fish

 

4. Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto

Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto are two dive sites that are next to each other.

They are located in George Town in Grand Cayman. It is only a 10-minute walk from the cruise ship port in George Town to Eden Rock.

Eden Rock has lots of coral and fish, and Devil’s Grotto has underwater caves that you can explore. There are also lots of tarpon and small silver sprats in this area.

Both of these sites are accessible from shore.

Click the link below to read our article about Eden Rock:

Eden Rock

image of three tarpon together

 

5. Deep Stingray City

Deep Stingray City is located in Grand Cayman.

This is a must do dive. You can hand-feed wild “Southern” stingrays. The water is about 12-feet deep here.

Click the link below to read our article where we explain the difference between “Deep Stingray City” and “Stingray City Sandbar”:

Stingray City Grand Cayman

woman scuba diving with stingray

 

6. Macabuca

Macabuca is located in West Bay in Grand Cayman.

This is a fun dive spot that you can access from shore. They have ladders that you can use to enter and exit the water safely.

There is a good amount of coral and fish here. There is also a restaurant, bar and dive shop at Macabuca.

Click the link below to read our article about Macabuca:

Macabuca

aerial picture showing sea and macabuca

 

7. Tarpon Alley 

Tarpon Alley is located at the North Wall in Grand Cayman.

The waters here are 15 to 25 meters deep. Despite the name, you aren’t guaranteed to see tarpon here. Usually you will see at least a few tarpon at this spot.

There are lots of other fish and coral. You may see hammerhead sharks if you are lucky.

picture of tarpon

 

8. Cheeseburger Reef

Cheeseburger Reef is located in George Town, Grand Cayman.

This is a shore dive, meaning that you enter the water from the shore, and then swim to Cheeseburger Reef.

You will see a lot of tarpon at this spot, as well as coral and other fish. The water is about 10 to 20 feet deep.

Click the link below to read our article about Cheeseburger Reef:

Cheeseburger Reef

picture of lobster pot dive center

 

9. Sunset House

Sunset House is located on the south-side of Grand Cayman, near George Town.

You can dive from shore because they have ladders that you can use to enter and exit the water.

This spot is about 20-feet deep, and has a lot of coral. There is also a dive shop and restaurant.

aerial image of water off of sunset house

 

10. Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point is located in West Bay in Grand Cayman.

There is decent shore diving from their dock. There is also a small restaurant and dive resort.

picture of the dock at lighthouse point

 

11. Wreck of the Oro Verde

Wreck of the Oro Verde is located in Grand Cayman.

The ship was originally built for the US Army Transportation Corps over 70-years ago. It was then sunk in Grand Cayman in 1980 to make a new dive site.

picture of diver above shipwreck

 

12. Babylon North Wall

Babylon is located on the North Wall in Grand Cayman.

There is a lot of soft coral here, which makes for an interesting experience. The water drops over a hundred feet.

You need to take a boat to reach this area.

picture of coral

 

13. MV Captain Keith Tibbetts

MV Captain Keith Tibbetts is an ex-Soviet Union ship that was built in 1984 for the Cuban Navy.

It is 330-feet in length, and was sunk in Cayman Brac in 1996. This is one of the best dive sites in Cayman Brac, and is a must-do experience.

picture of diver underwater sitting on top of large gun from sunken ship

 

14. Orange Canyon 

Orange Canyon is a popular dive site on the west-side of Grand Cayman.

It was named “Orange Canyon” because of the large orange Elephant Ear Sponges that can be found here.

picture of diver next to orange coral

 

15. Eagle Ray Pass

Eagle Ray Pass is located along the North Wall in Grand Cayman.

You can see Spotted Eagle Rays “flying” passed this area from depths of about 30 to 100 feet.

picture of eagle ray

 

16. Princess Pennies Pinnacle

Princess Pennies Pinnacle is located on the North Wall in Grand Cayman.

It was named after the famous free-diver Penny Ventura. You can dive along this wall and explore the different entrances.

picture of two divers next to wall of coral

 

17. Lemon Reef

Lemon Reef is a “mini-wall” dive site located on the North Wall in Grand Cayman.

It is common to see barracudas and schools of horse-eye jacks in this area.

picture of an eel

 

18. Roberts Wall

Roberts Wall is located on the North Wall in Grand Cayman.

The water depth here is around 18-meters. You can enter different swim-through areas where the wall drops to great depths.

Picture of diver

 

19. Roundabout

Roundabout is located along the North Wall in Grand Cayman.

The water is about 100 feet deep, and there is a good variety of soft and hard corals.

picture of woman diving next to coral

 

20. Trinity Caves

Trinity Caves is a popular dive site that is located off the coast of West Bay in Grand Cayman.

This dive site first became popular in the 90s when it was featured in the film “The Firm”, starring Tom Cruise.

Despite the name, there aren’t actually caves here. However, there are large coral canyons that provide exciting swim-throughs for divers.

picture of person diving between two walls of coral

 

Which island has better diving: Grand Cayman or Little Cayman?

Both Grand Cayman and Little Cayman have great diving. Grand Cayman has more dive sites than Little Cayman.

What is the best dive site in the Cayman Islands?

The best dive site is either Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman or the USS Kittiwake in Grand Cayman.

 

Final thoughts

If you enjoy diving, then you need to visit the USS Kittiwake during your vacation to Grand Cayman.

If you have time, you should also take a flight to Little Cayman from Grand Cayman, and dive at Bloody Bay Wall.

If you enjoy snorkeling, then check out our article where we discuss the top 25 snorkel spots in Grand Cayman.

Also, check out our article where we review the top 25 things to do in Grand Cayman.