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Cayman Islands Shore Diving
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Cayman Islands shore diving provides easy affordable access to beauty beyond words...

Cayman Islands shore diving provides easy affordable access to spectacular reefs filled with hundreds of species of fish and corals, elaborate rock formations and enthralling shipwrecks. Even many of the Cayman Islands spectacular walls are accessible from shore for intermediate to advanced divers and experienced swimmers in good physical condition.

Shore diving in the Cayman Islands can be an extremely rewarding activity. For the cost of a tank rental — averaging US$12, you can explore the near shore reefs, mini walls, caverns, caves and chutes; all populated by a myriad of sea life, hundreds of species of coral and thousands of species of fish. While we highly recommend boat diving to conveniently access Cayman’s very best dive sites, an afternoon Cayman shore dive can compliment a morning two tank dive experience. You can save and diversify your diving experience by dedicating a day or two of your weekly dive itinerary to shore dives in the Cayman Islands. Usually you need look no further than the beach directly adjacent to your hotel to shore dive and observe colorful fish and interesting reef formations. Look for darker areas of the water, which usually denote reef structures below that will make for more interesting shore diving.

Many species of fish and marine life in the Cayman Islands tend to frequent shorelines areas for food and shelter so you can expect to see almost as many species of fish and corals on shore dives as you will at most moored boat dive sites. Common fish sightings on all Cayman Islands shore dives include: Snapper, Grouper, Grunts, Parrot fish, Silverside and dozens more, in all stages of development from juvenile to adult.

Corals of every imaginable shape and size in over 100 species colonize in close proximity to Cayman Islands shores. Black coral can be seen on or near the walls and mini walls beginning at depths near 100 feet.

Where to Shore Dive in the Cayman Islands
Shore diving in Grand Cayman can be broken down into four distinct and diverse areas of the island: Seven Mile Beach, West Bay, Northside and East End. Primarily owing to the distances involved in reaching the best parts of the reef along Grand Cayman's southern shore we have omitted this area.

Turtle Reef at Lighthouse Point and North Wall at Cobalt Coast are two Cayman shore dives you do not want to miss. Their large sturdy entry and exit ladders make shore dives a breeze as you descend into shallow areas perfectly suited for pre shore dive checks. These areas offer some of the most pristine reefs and closest access to wall diving anywhere in the world, as consistently rated by all the major dive publications and review sites.

For as little as $10 with Activity Guide disounts anyone can easily access these spectacular Cayman Islands shore dive sites in a matter of minutes.

Shore diving at Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto provides a vast array of tunnels and caverns at depths of 40-60ft., frequently occupied by tarpon and silverside.

The wreck of the Cali is a perfect shore dive for beginners, situated close to shore in 15-30ft of clear water.

Smith Cove provides easy beach access to shore dive a stunning 40-60ft reef that leads directly to the wall.

Wall and Mini Wall Diving from Shore in the Cayman Islands offers spectacular value for divers of all abilities. Knowing where to access the best sites from shore without a marathon swim through choppy seas and climbs over sharp slippery rocks will assure safe and spectacular shore diving. Some mini walls and even walls in Grand Cayman lie less than 60 yards from shore, making the Cayman Islands one of the only dive destinations in the world where sheer vertical walls plunging to thousands of feet can be easily accessed so close to shore. This is NOT to say that you can simply jump in anywhere, swim out to sea and expect a fun and satisfactory dive; like anywhere else you need to know where to enter and exit.

We have compiled a listing of the most easily accessible dramatic pristine walls and mini walls on Grand Cayman that can be dived from shore. Note that wind and sea conditions play a large factor in the overall accessibilty and enjoyment of any dive site so always check current Cayman Weather and Sea Conditions prior to choosing a shore dive on any given day.

cayman islands stingray city ideasShore Diving Tip:
Snorkel out to the area you plan to dive, descend there and dive back towards your point of entry. This is not only good air management it makes for a safe dive profile as you gradually ascsend throughout your entire dive.

NOTE: All distances are approximate

North Wall and Mini Wall at Cobalt Coast
Location: West Bay, Grand Cayman
Difficulty: Medium
Distance to Mini Wall: 30 yards
Distance to Main Wall Dropoff: 60 yards
Equipment Rental on Site: Yes
Marker Buoys: Yes
Ladder: Yes

Turtle Reef Canyon and Mini Wall at Lighthouse Point
Location: West Bay, Grand Cayman
Difficulty: Medium
Distance to Mini Wall: 30 yards
Distance to Main Wall Dropoff: 60 yards
Equipment Rental on Site: Yes
Marker Buoys: Yes
Ladder: Yes

Mini Wall at Smith Cove
Location: Smith Cove, Grand Cayman
Difficulty: Medium
Distance to Mini Wall: 30 yards
Distance to Main Wall Dropoff: 100 yards+
Equipment Rental on Site: No
Marker Buoys: No
Ladder: No

North Wall and Mini Wall at Babylon
Location: Northside, Grand Cayman
Difficulty: Advanced divers in good physical condition
Distance to Mini Wall: 60 yards
Distance to Main Wall Dropoff: 110 yards
Equipment Rental on Site: No
Marker Buoys: Mooring Ball
Ladder: No

Night shore diving can provide equally rewarding and offers remarkable experiences for very little cost or effort.

Cayman Islands Shore Diving by Region
Seven Mile Beach shore diving encompasses the area from Eden Rock to West Bay, up to and including the famous Northwest Point area accessible at Lighthouse Point.

Northside—with the exceptions noted, is primarily surrounded by shallow lagoons, which necessitate either a very long swim or a very shallow dive.

East End is typically the windward side of Grand Cayman, creating the most challenging sea conditions, particularly from shore. However, by closely monitoring Cayman Weather and Sea Conditions you may catch a window of opportunity into some of Grand Cayman’s most unexplored shore diving.

George Town - West Grand Cayman Shore Diving
Location: Eden Rock, George Town, Grand Cayman
Difficulty: Easy
Distance to Mini Wall: 60 yards
Distance to Main Wall Dropoff: 110 yards
Equipment Rental on Site: Yes
Marker Buoys: Mooring Ball
Ladder: Yes

 

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