Scuba Diving Little Cayman
Known for its amazing wall dives, beautiful coral reefs and visibility that often reaches more than 30 meters/100 feet, Little Cayman offers some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean.
The least developed, smallest and most tranquil of the three Cayman Islands, Little Cayman epitomizes the definition of “an island getaway.” This beautiful island offers seclusion and striking scenery everywhere you look, making it the perfect honeymoon island and a top Caribbean destination.
With a population of less than 170, most of Little Cayman remains uninhabited. Only ten miles long and one mile wide, this offers you a rare combination of sun drenched solitude, glistening beaches, and miles of untouched tropical wilderness.
On Little Cayman, you’ll find privacy and total relaxation. Bask on empty beaches that seem straight from a magazine, with soft white sand and only the wind blowing the palm trees to disturb you. Feeling energetic? Take a bike or rent a scooter and meander your way around the island, just remember that iguanas have the right of way, Venture to remote South Hole Sound Lagoon for a private swim in water that is every shade of blue or row out to tiny, deserted Owen Island to enjoy a view of nature in its most pristine form where you can enjoy an island getaway experience so real, you’ll feel as if you were the last person on Earth.
Little Cayman is also home to the largest colony of Red-Footed Boobies in the western hemisphere and a visit to the Visitor’s Centre at the Booby Pond Nature Reserve is a bird watchers dream. Along with 20,000 Red-Footed Boobies, the reserve is also home to around 350 magnificent Frigate Birds, The National Trust’s bird outlook on Booby Pond is the best place to view and photograph the boobies, especially at sunset when you can witness a battle for survival as the boobies return to their nesting grounds and try to outwit the frigate birds.
SCUBA DIVING LITTLE CAYMAN
Little Cayman is famous for its scuba diving. The most popular dive site areas, Bloody Bay and Jackson’s Bight, are both located on the north side of the island, just west of its midpoint. The deeper sites on its south side are generally visited on winter days when the north side is too rough. Little Cayman features dive sites as shallow as 20 feet and its walls are deep enough to effectively be infinite.
Bloody Bay in particular is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top dive sites. At its shallowest point, the drop-off begins at a depth of 18 feet, allowing divers who plan carefully to achieve maximum depth of over 100 feet but still enjoy exceptionally long dive times. The wall is so famous primarily because sections of it are so sheer as to be effectively vertical, a rarity.
The 3000+ ft (1000 m) contour has been charted to be approximately one mile offshore on Little Cayman’s South side, and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) offshore of Bloody Bay on the island’s North side.
Little Cayman’s reefs are exceptionally healthy for a regularly dived area and are inhabited by a full range of typical Caribbean reef life, from pipehorses to sharks, and including a notable population of sea turtles.
In 2010, local dive operators launched a concerted effort to eradicate the invasive, non-indigenous Red Lionfish, which appears to be limiting its population around Little Cayman. On Wednesday afternoons, divemasters from the various resorts on Little Cayman embark on Lionfish kills to hunt and cull the species. Since the hunts began, more grey Caribbean reef sharks are noticeable on dives.
Typically most 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.
HOW TO GET THERE
On Little Cayman, flights are to Edward Bodden Airfield (LYB). However, most flights route through Grand Cayman to Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM). Direct flights to Grand Cayman from the U S and Europe 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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