Top 5 reasons to dive the Cayman Islands
A common thread appears when divers and snorkelers alike begin to talk about their experience in visiting any of the three Cayman Islands; visibility. Defined by the diving community as "the distance one can see horizontally underwater" visibility has become more of a general term when discussing the clarity of the sea. The Cayman Islands boasts 100ft plus visibility most of the year with days where it is seemingly endless. This is due partly to the fact that neither Grand Cayman or the sister islands have any fresh water rivers spilling onto the surrounding reef. Another factor contributing to the clarity of the water on these three magnificent islands is depth. With an average depth of more than 2 thousand feet, the turbidity in the water column settles slowly to the depths, leaving behind cobalt blue, crystal clear water for all to enjoy!
With an average temperature of 83 degrees, the Cayman Islands have some of the most comfortable water on the planet. This temperature varies throughout the year with the winter months seeing a low of seventy eight and a high of 87 in the summer. No need to worry about the deeper dives, the water temperature is consistent well beyond the recreational diving limit. The warm waters of the south west Caribbean allows for less gear making for a lighter load at the baggage check in.
Owen Roberts International Airport, located in the heart of Grand Cayman, is just a hop, skip, and a jump from nearly anywhere in North America. Direct flights from several major cities make reaching this scuba diving paradise easy and quick. Currently, Cayman Airways has direct flights from Miami, Houston, Tampa and New York. Other major carriers such as Delta,US Air, Air Canada and Westjet operate direct flights to Grand Cayman year round.
Quality Dive Operators
Known throughout the industry as the birthplace of recreational scuba diving, Cayman Islands dive operators have been held to a higher standard when it comes to overall diver comfort. Small groups and personalized service are indeed the way forward on Grand Cayman. Indigo Divers, a small owner operated company, carries a maximum of only six divers per trip. Other small operators such as Ambassador Divers provide a full valet service on custom dive platforms. These custom, comfortable dive boats have become the industry standard for the island, allowing for small groups of divers to relax and enjoy not only the diving, but the trip in and out as well.
The southwest Caribbean is home to some of the most exciting sea life on the planet. Known for their vibrant reefs, pristine corals and marine biodiversity, the Cayman Islands have something for everyone. Summer month's bring tens of thousands of Dwarf Hering "silversides" to the wrecks, reefs, and walls bringing alive these already amazing seascapes.
Whether your a macro photographer searching for the elegant sail fin blenny, or a wide angle guy set on photographing the large pelagic fish of Bloody Bay Wall, the Cayman Islands won't let you down.