Diving is the Number One Watersport in the Cayman Islands. Renowned the world over for its spectacular diving, our small colony has many excellent dive operators to reflect this popular activity. There are over 40 in Grand Cayman, 5 dive operations in Little Cayman, 3 in Cayman Brac, and live aboard dive boats are also available.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a dive master, Cayman offers you every type of professional dive service, including equipment sales, rentals and repairs and scuba instruction at all levels. Nitrox and technical diving instruction and services are one of Cayman's newest dive offerings. In addition, there are several full service underwater photography and video centres with E-6 processing services on all three Islands.
A mixture of shallow, wall and wreck dives make up the Cayman Islands almost 200 dive sites among the three Islands, your choice is endless. Grand Cayman alone has close to 120 dive sites, some with beach access, others by boat. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman give you another 40 or so each to choose from. Most tourist publications will have a map of these dive sites, as will the concierge desk at your hotel or apartments, or ask for more details at the dive operators of your choice.
For a unique shallow dive visit our famous Stingray City. Here, more than 30 Southern Atlantic stingrays swim freely with snorkellers and divers in 12 feet of water. The site can be reached only by boat.
All divers who wish to dive must show proof of certification (C-Card) under the regulations of the Cayman Islands Watersports Operators Association members (CIWOA). Safety and marine conservation are key elements of all diving in the Cayman Islands. The maximum sport diving limit of 110 feet applies to all CIWOA operations.
You can be reassured that Cayman has a government owned two-man double lock recompression chamber, located at the George Town Hospital. It is manned on a 24-hour on call basis by trained staff supervised by a doctor trained in hyperbaric medicine.
If diving isn't your sport, or you simply want a day off, try one of the many other watersports on offer; these include, Snorkelling trips; North Sound snorkelling/ beach lunch trips with local Caymanian captains to Stingray City; Atlantis XI submarine, a unique underwater experience on a real submarine for non-divers and divers alike, or if you really want an adventure try the 2-passenger deep diving subs; Mistral and BIB windsurfing centres, Nautilus and Sea world Explorer (semi submersibles) and glass bottom boat trips; Para-sailing, Water-skiing, Ocean kayaking; Small sailboats; Replica pirate sailing vessel and tall ship offering themed and other cruises; Sunset cocktail, Dinner and daytime snorkelling cruises; Wave runners and a variety of "beach/water toys" for rent at hotels along Seven Mile Beach; at Rum Point and East End.
Deep sea fishing for blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, Wahoo, dolphin, barracuda, grouper, snapper etc; Light tackle fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit (the Sister Islands are best).