Scuba Diving in the Cayman Islands
Some of the best scuba diving opportunities in the Caribbean are in the Cayman Islands. From stingrays to submerged wrecks, there are enough dive sites to keep you entertained all year. If this is your first trip to this British Overseas Territory, book your luxury Cayman Villas and dive right in.
The Remarkable Recovery of Coral Reefs in the Cayman Islands
Coral degradation is a huge problem in many areas around the world. Coral has suffered from disease, over-fishing, coral bleaching, and pollution in recent years. But it’s not all grim news. Scientists say much of the coral reef around the Cayman Islands has recovered. They conclude this is, in part, because the water around the Cayman Islands is deep and cool.
This doesn’t mean the Cayman Islands are off the hook. Marine conservation is still a big issue. There are strict guidelines for anyone scuba diving around the Cayman Islands. These include:
- No gloves allowed
- No removal of anything from the reefs of seabed
- No feeding marine life, except at Stingray City
The Best Dive Sites
Inexperienced divers should book a scuba diving course and gain their certification. Otherwise, book a spot on a dive boat and sail straight to the best scuba diving sites.
- Bloody Bay Wall is one of many protected marine parks in the Caribbean. Visibility is incredible and the marine life is diverse. Dive below the surface and a whole new world of bioluminescent coral awaits.
- The USS Kittiwake, a former Navy ship, is less about the fish and more about exploring a sunken ship. Dive through mess hall and visit the hospital station.
- Babylon is remote but spectacular. Look out for barracuda, hammerhead sharks, and rays.
Extreme Scuba Diving
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to swim in the ocean, at one with the water?
Extreme scuba diving is swimming without equipment, also known as ‘free diving’. It’s just you and the oxygen in your lungs. Alexey Molchanov is the world record holder in the Constant Weight category. He successfully descended 130 meters using fins.
Achieving such depths requires incredible breath control. Such feats are outside the limits of most mortals but diving without an oxygen tank is possible if you have a mask, fins, and weight belt.
The attractions of free diving are difficult to ignore. Without a tank and air bubbles, normally skittish fish are no longer afraid of you. Explore the fascinating world beneath the waves, completely in harmony with the water.
“You can hear a parrot fish chewing on the algae, says Dan Hodgins, an instructor at the Divetech on Grand Cayman. “As your heartbeat slows down and you get a cool sensation in your arms, you can literally feel the switch-over from terrestrial to aquatic.”
If this sounds like heaven, sign up for a free diving certification course.
When you have exhausted the many dives sites on the Cayman Islands, look at St. Barts villas. You can then make plans to dive the Kaïali.