Scuba Diving Cayman Brac
Known for its amazing wall dives, beautiful coral reefs and visibility that often reaches more than 30 meters/100 feet, Cayman Brac offers some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean.
A tropical island getaway, Cayman Brac is located in the warm Caribbean Sea. It is situated south of Cuba, northwest of Jamaica and approximately 450 miles south of Miami, FL. The Brac, as the island is commonly referred to, is the most easterly of the Cayman Islands. With a total land mass of 14 square miles, the island is small enough to maintain a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere but big enough to have a plethora of hidden caves, winding trails and a unique cultural history.
The focal point of Cayman Brac’s unique topography is a dramatic limestone formation that dominates the middle of the island, starting at its highest point on the eastern end of the island at 150 feet above sea level. “The Brac” (Gaelic for “Bluff”) boasts numerous trails and thousands of caves, many of them undiscovered because of the lush vegetation that abounds. This mountainous formation is the highest point on all of the Cayman Islands.
Cayman Brac has numerous caves for nature lovers to explore. Many are not easily accessible, though there are a few that are. Historically, through to the present day, many “Brackers” use the caves as a refuge during hurricanes.
A haven for a multitude of bird species, Cayman Brac has a Parrot Reserve created by the National Trust of the Cayman Islands.
Cayman Brac is a small community, with a population of less than 2000 people. The native “Brackers” are extremely welcoming and are known to enjoy entertaining visitors to the Island with stories of the Island’s history.
SCUBA DIVING CAYMAN BRAC
The waters of Cayman Brac have preserved that elusive tranquility and natural island getaway charm many search for all over the world. An enchanting world away from Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac diving features an eco-tourism paradise for divers and nature-lovers. Its legendary walls and breathtaking marine life have thrilled many of the world’s most famous underwater photographers for decades.
With more than fifty Cayman Brac dive sites, the Brac’s undersea treasures are vast. Here you’ll find the only Russian warship in the Western Hemisphere available to divers, the MV Capt. Keith Tibbets. This magnificent artificial reef was sunk in 1996.
The diving on Cayman Brac is decidedly laid-back. The reef system is the spur-and-groove type frequently encountered in the Caribbean. Walls start at around 50 feet (15 m), with fingers of high-profile coral reaching out to the crest, forming crevasses and swim-throughs that lead divers onto the wall.
Typically the dive operators offer 2-tank dives in the morning consisting of a guided 100ft wall dive followed by a shallow 50ft buddy dive. The Cayman walls are spectacularly beautiful with brightly colored corals and sponges, aquatic life including eagle rays, turtles, tarpon, nurse sharks and a large assortment of tropical fish. Afternoon one or two tank dives plus night dives are also nearly always available.
Plus, shore diving is also possible on Cayman Brac, including the Lost City of Atlantis. This site, designed by a local artist Foots, is an underwater sculpture garden that will eventually have more than one-hundred pieces of original sculpture cast from molds using a blend of materials, crushed rock, sand and cement.
HOW TO GET THERE
Cayman Brac is served by Gerrard Smith International Airport (CYB). However, most flights route through Grand Cayman’s, Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM). Direct flights from the U S and Europe to Grand Cayman can be found on: Air Canada, Air Jamaica, American Airlines, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways
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