Perhaps known as the world's offshore financial centre, The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. There are three main islands – Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. What amazes divers with the islands is that they are an exposed top of an underwater mountain or simply known as the Cayman Trench which is more than 6,400 metres/21,000 feet deep. Deep dives equate to perfect diving. The mountain sides are vertical in some places and just a few hundred meters from the shore.
One of the three islands which is very popular for scuba divers is the Grand Cayman. Its North Wall is a deep dive of more than 1,800 meters/6,000 feet sporting perfectly visible spotted eagle rays and sea turtles which are attracted by plankton and other marine life. Since there is little to no current, experiencing the great coral reefs of the islands is mostly preferred by the beginner divers. For advanced divers there is the famous West Bay, ankle deep from the shore but drops to more than 700 feet. Silversides, French angelfish, and Barrel Sponges among others comprise the marine life in the Grand Cayman island which is home to the territorial capital, George Town – the very first place to be explored by divers.
Lying roughly east to west are the other two islands known as “sister islands” – the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. It is rare to dive on the south sides because of the prevailing south-east winds. For the experienced divers, the wreck of MV Capt. Keith Tibbets awaits, the only Russian warship available to divers in the Western hemisphere. For the beginner divers and with favourable weather conditions, Little Cayman sports the Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson Bay offering shallow dives of 6 metres/20 feet but could drop to 1,828 metres/6,000 feet.
One of the best wrecks in the islands is the Kittiwake sunk on purpose to create an underwater destination. It sits on a sandy bottom and is 17 metres/55 feet deep. It created an amazing artificial reef which is also a much photographed dive site. Its insides can be explored by advanced divers while the beginner and novice divers can marvel at its amazing exteriors.
The people of The Cayman Islands greatly treasure its crystal clear waters and its amazing coral reefs. There are stringent laws when it comes to protecting the quality of the waters and the marine life inhabitants. Be forewarned that a violation of such laws can incur fines up to CI$500,000.00.
The average year-round water temperatures ranges between 26-28°C and 78-82°F.
The Cayman Islands has an all-year diving season.
Natural hazards are roughly present during the hurricane season in the Caribbean from June through October.
The main passenger airport is located in Grand Cayman, the Owen Roberts International Airport. Charles Kirkconnell Airport is located in Cayman Brac. These two airports serve as the main entry point for visitors. There are many weekly flights into The Cayman Islands from the west.
Cayman Airways and Cayman Express serves the inter-island flights making transportation quick and relatively easy within the islands.
The general transportation services are top-notch and very safe for visitors as The Cayman Islands Tourism Department has a very helpful Visitor Information booth in the Customs Hall of the Owen Roberts International Airport.
A British Overseas Territory, the Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean south of Cuba. The deepest part of the Caribbean is the Cayman trough, a trench of over 6,000m (20,000 miles) deep. Cayman Brac is one of three islands that make up...Go>
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A British Overseas Territory, the Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean south of Cuba. Little Cayman is one of three islands that make up the territory. It is the smallest island, with an area of just 28.5 sq. km (11...Go>