Friday 20 September, 2019

The top 3 diving spots in Cayman

The Cayman Islands is famous for its healthy and beautiful reefs. With fish of all breeds and the fluorescent shades of coral under our clear blue sea, getting certified for scuba diving and exploring this underwater world is must-do.

So Loop News has decided to bring you the inside scoop on the best places to dive, and a bit of advice on how you can get certified to do so.

There is a multitude of diving schools on island to choose from, including the Cayman Diving School, Deep Blue Divers Cayman, Don Foster’s Dive Cayman, and many more. Diving Operations like the Cayman Diving School offer resort courses where certification is not a requirement to dive; however, the depth of the dive is restricted.

To be able to dive wherever, whenever and under any conditions, you must be a certified diver. Luckily, it only takes up to three days maximum and the theory aspect of certification can be done online. 

If you live in the Cayman Islands and you are a certified diver, you are very fortunate. There are so many hidden undersea treasures located just offshore.

Here are our three favourites:

Ghost Mountain:
On the North Side of Grand Cayman, the pinnacle of Ghost Mountain surfaces through the stunning blue water. Underwater, the slopes of the mountain are surprisingly clear. A range of ocean-life can be observed at this point, with a wide variety of fish and sponges. This mountain goes down to nearly a whopping 200 feet, but most divers will max out at around 98 feet.

Babylon:
Babylon is located on the North Wall of Grand Cayman, between Rum Point and East End. It’s a rather remote site, but worth the somewhat long ride over. This particular spot is good for both advanced and novice divers alike, as there are sand patches, but it also has a depth of over 200 feet. This venue features many different types of sponges, corals, marine species, and it is even said that sharks can be spotted here. 

USS Kittiwake:
Deep down below the surface is Cayman's greatest shipwreck, the USS Kittiwake. This ship was sunk near Seven Mile Beach to form an artificial reef and landmark for diving. The wreck was sunk below water to 75 feet, and is an intriguing place to visit for both scuba divers and snorkelers. Wildlife have formed homes in and around the environment the wreck has created, providing an exclusive view of the marine diversity.

All of these locations can be accessed through the local dive companies, such as those mentioned previously. There is no better and more peaceful activity than to observe the still tranquility of the deep sea and its wildlife. So many of the reefs worldwide have been destroyed, leaving the Cayman Islands with one of the few thriving ones. We must protect and enjoy our underwater environment. 

 

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