ITINERARY GENERAL INFORMATION
- 27 dives
- Level required: Open Water diver with 20 log dives recommended
- Liveaboard diving in Cayman Islands surely can't get any better, with over 350 dive sites, these Caribbean Islands boast an amazing claim of being able to dive a different dive site every day of the year, with historic wrecks, colourful coral gardens and dramatic walls Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
- Grand Cayman at 76 square miles is the largest of the group and the main island, followed by Cayman Brac - home to the group's most dramatic topside landscapes, and Little Cayman - a nature lover's paradise.
- Exploring these 3 very different islands on a liveaboard dive cruise will please the most demanding divers.
- The island group's exceptional diving is owed to its unique geography.
- All three islands are the outcrops of a submarine mountain range known as the Cayman Ridge, owing to the sheer vertical drop offs and wall dives for which the islands are famed.
- The surrounding waters are the clearest in the Caribbean due to the absence of rivers and streams, and boasts a typical visibility of at least 100ft and often exceeding 150 ft.
- Many of the islands' dive sites that will be visited on a liveaboard dive trip fall under park protection, allowing for a staggering abundance of vibrant marine life to flourish. Due to this, the fish are often unafraid of divers allowing for some unforgettable close encounters.
- Fans and sponges in an endless spectrum of colour jut out from the islands' submarine walls, creating a dramatic silhouette against the open ocean where the large pelagics are seen teasingly close.
- Transfer to boat
- Check in
- Meet the crew Welcome briefing Assign cabins
- Prepare dive equipment
- Dinner on board
DAY 2 – 6
- Dive, Eat and Sleep
- Enjoy your full board liveaboard.
- In these days you may dive all areas of Grand Cayman, the Russian Destroyer in Cayman Brac and the Bloody Bay Wall area of Little Cayman.
- The itinerary is completely dependent on the winds and weather.
- With all dives from the mother ship, unlimited diving is offered.
- During the trip there will be opportunities to go ashore for swimming, snorkeling and beach combing.
- The last dives are around noon
- The boat will arrive in port in the afternoon
- The crew will host a sunset party at 18:00
- Dinner ashore
- Check out is at 8 am
- Transportation can be arranged to the Grand Cayman Airport or a local hotel in the vicinity of the yacht
Routes can be affected by adverse weather conditions and unforeseen events
3 Fathom Wall (Mixing Bowl) This is the crossroads of Bloody Bay Wall. Here, the “shear” wall, meets the “gentle slope”. This site offers more fish than any site in Little Cayman. Schools of Bermuda chub, 3-spotted goatfish, snappers and grouper of all sorts can be identified here. Turtle, spotted eagle rays and an occasional reef shark or nurse shark can be spotted at any time. Angelfish Reef Coral fingers, and small coral heads make this sight truly enjoyable for night diving as well as a day dive.
Balboa (wreck) Channel clinging crab, lobster, squid, octopus, and much, much more call this wreck “home”. Big Tunnels Tarpon are sometime found in and around this site.
Bonnie's Arch Channel clinging crab can be spotted under the edge of the outlying reef system.
Bullwinkle East The site gets it name from the large elkhorn coral that forms the top of this shallow reef.
Cumbers Caves In this portion of the reef, a “sand avenue” separates the shallow wall from the deep wall. To get to the “deep blue”, simply locate one of several passages through the reef.
David Nicholson (wreck) This “front end loader” was name for the late Dave Nicholson who was a diving icon of the Cayman Islands.
Devils Grotto/Eden Rock “One of the dives that made Grand Cayman so famous”, is how many describe this site.
Doc Poulson (wreck) Good growth on the wreck provides a home to many juvenile fish including the pygmy file fish. Look for bristle worms on the green tube sponge located on the vessels spotlight.
Eagle Ray Rock Found outside of Smith Cove, Eagle Ray Rock is noted for the “L”-shaped passage on this large coral formation.
Eagle Ray Roundup This site is a continuation of Jackson’s Wall/Reef and offers many of the same features. It is not unusual to see a spotted eagle ray “snooping” for mollusk in the sand.
Grand Cayman provides a wide variation of reef life and fish – everything from juveniles to spotted eagle ray and sometimes a shark. More noted for its small reef life, don’t be surprised to spot a turtle at any time find a southern stingray feeding nearby. Great Wall Turtles are often seen munching on a sponge or just swimming by at 40ft. Look for juvenile spotted drums and juvenile smooth trunkfish here.
Jackson’s Wall/Reef (also known as The Meadows) Cosmo the grouper can also be spotted in and around this site. Jackson’s Wall's highlight with swim-thru's onto the wall. Once again, look out for Caribbean reef sharks. In the sand area of the shallow, a spotted eagle ray can be seen feeding.
Jax Dax Similar to Angelfish Reef, a diver can spend time around the coral reef, or venture to the sandy area where garden eels call home. In the rubble of this reef, look for yellowhead jawfish.
Joy’s Joy The mooring pin is set in 25ft. of water, but the highlight of this dive are the many passages and swim-thru's found in the 70ft. range.
Kelly’s Cavern You will find the top of this reef rich in vegetation. Look for the elusive batwing coral crab hiding in the coral.
Lea Lea’s Lookout The diver makes their way through the “room” and will exit on a very large opening. At night, take note of the colors (reds, oranges, greens, purples) that are visible throughout the room.
Lighthouse Reef This reef gets its name from the Lighthouse Restaurant in Breakers. This wall site serves as home to turtle, spotted eagle ray and the occasional reef shark.
Little Cayman This marine park offers a combination of dramatic walls, swim thrus, mini-walls (in the shallows) and pristine coral reefs. Lost Treasure Nearby (pending the wind direction), you will find the dive site, Spanish Anchor. Anywhere in the area, take time and explore the shallows for some magnificent and unusual juvenile life.
M/V Keith Tibbetts Formerly known as the Russian Destroyer #356, this wreck has become a fixture for wreck dive of the Caribbean. Today, the boat lies in 40-90ft. of water. It provides a great backdrop for photos/videos, and offers some great penetration for the avid wreck diver.
M/V Kittiwake Sunk as an artificial reef in 2011 The Kittiwake, a former submarine rescue vessel (ASR-13) rests 64 feet deep at the bottom and only 15 feet from the surface making her ideal for both divers and snorkelers. You can swim overhead and see the main decks and topography of the ship, plus take a look down the smoke stack that opens up straight down to the bottom of the hull and the engine rooms. There is no end of rooms to explore within this wreck.
Marilyn’s Cut A simply slice into the reef of Bloody Bay Wall is sometimes home to reef sharks. All types of reef fish inhabit this area.
Nancy’s Cup of Tea (Magic Roundabout) This area is just outside of the right of BBW and provides a more solid coral formation. On the shallows around this site, you can find a pair of old anchors, known as Paul’s Anchors.
Neptune’s Wall With the mooring sitting in 60ft. of water, this site is a gentle sloping reef formation that leads over the wall. Like many of the West Side wall sites, keep an eye open for the passing turtle.
Ore Verde (wreck) A staple of Grand Cayman diving, this wreck today lies in pieces against a section of coral reef and provides a home to many fish, both during the day and at night (midnight blue parrotfish). Hordes of chub, jacks, and snapper are spotted during the day. Always be aware of spotted morays or a green moray eel.
Pedro’s Pinnacles Watch Your Depth! Huge pinnacles from the bottom sprout upward to make this site what it is. Lying on the edge of the wall, be careful to monitor your depth gauge and you will find this most enjoyable around 80-90ft.
Randy’s Gazebo “One of the most spectacular dives”, commented one diver. This site is home to some wonderful swim-thru's and some of the largest barrel sponges in the Cayman Islands. A wonderful “photo op” awaits at the “gazebo”. Be on the alert for spotted eagle rays just off the wall and turtles at any time. “The chimney” is a narrow passage that begins at 80ft., and “burps” you out at 30ft. Take it slow! And you can enjoy this experience.
Round Rock/Trinity Caves This site features a nice swim thru small passage at about 70ft. Just down the reef you will find the famous Trinity Caves, highlighted by several lengthy swim thru's. Trinity Caves has been the focus of many photo shoots for various dive magazines.
Rum Point Dropoff (White Stroke Canyon) Coral plates make up this site just outside the cut of Grand Cayman’s Rum Point. As all North Wall sights go, spotted eagle rays, turtle, channel clinging crab and lobster can all be found in this region.
Sensation Wall (Hammerhead Hill) Found in the middle of the North Wall, this site was named for the coral formation that the mooring pin is set. Yes! You might see the elusive hammerhead here, but certainly keep an eye out for spotted eagle rays.
Stingray City. An introduction of this site is not needed – The World’s Most Famous 12ft. Dive. Stingray City is home to the many Southern Stingrays that pass the time away performing for divers. It is a “must” dive.
Tarpon Alley Large sand passage slice through the coral fingers, leading out onto the North Wall. Between two (2) of these fingers, you can find tarpon displaying their buoyancy. Barracuda sometimes pose as “imposters”, lurking around, looking for a meal. On the wall, the beautiful spotted eagle ray is often sited as well as an occasional reef shark. If you are really lucky, you might spot a hammerhead.
Teachers Caverns (Bats Cave Reef) High coral wall formations help make these passages a beautiful site. Elkhorn and staghorn corals are found in the shallows. Families of lobster have been spotted on nearby coral heads.