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Best Shore Diving in the Cayman Islands

Because the underwater drop off is so close to shore in many areas, Cayman has a number of great dive sites that are accessible directly from the shore. This means certified divers can rent tanks and gear and go diving on their own schedule, independent of a group. However, the usual rules still apply so make sure you go with a buddy, and do not dive without the supervision of a divemaster if you do not feel confident and experienced enough, let someone on shore know where you have gone and what time you expect to be back.

Gear and Tank Rentals

Most of the shore dive sites in Grand Cayman have on-site dive shops that offer gear and tank rentals. For the more adventurous diver looking to explore dive sites that don't have facilities, gear and tanks can be rented from Divers Supply and Eden Rock Diving Center. Only Eden Rock offers outside Nitrox tank rentals.

Shore Dive Sites

Babylon

  • Location: North Side (Head East after reaching end of Frank Sound Rd on the north shore. Pull off and park just West of Northern Lights Condos)
  • On-site dive shop with entry ladder: No
  • Description: Not for the faint of heart. Normally a boat dive, the Babylon dive site is accessible as a shore dive although it requires a lengthy surface swim and challenging entry. From shore, you'll notice a few mooring buoys in the area. Babylon is easily recognised by its much larger buoy that is needed to accommodate the Aggressor Liveaboard. Noted as one of the best wall dives in the Caribbean where you’ll find lots of healthy coral and fantastic marine life such as parrotfish, queen triggerfish, Creole wrasses, barracuda, tarpon and more. Look out for pelagics like turtles, ray and even the occasional hammerhead or Caribbean reef shark.
  • Insider Tip: Be sure to lock your vehicle and bring your key with you during the dive. Burglaries have been reported from divers trying to hide keys under nearby rocks.

Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto

  • Location: Downtown George Town
  • On-site dive shop with entry ladder: Yes - Eden Rock Diving Center
  • Description: Explore caves and tunnels - keep an eye out for huge tarpon too!

Lighthouse Point

  • Location: West Bay, Lighthouse Point Condos
  • On-site dive shop with entry ladder: Yes - Divetech Lighthouse Point
  • Description: Just minutes off shore you’ll find an awesome mini wall abundant with marine life, sponges and coral reefs. Head past the mini wall another 100 yards and you will find Turtle Head Canyon and Twin Peaks in 70-95' before the deep wall. Dive site is well marked for divers navigation. New to Lighthouse Point 2014 was the sinking of the 13ft bronze sculpture of The Guardian of the Reef. The statue, a mythological creature, half ancient warrior and half seahorse, is meant to be a beacon of marine conservation and sits just off Divetech’s Lighthouse Point in West Bay. The statue has already started attracting marine life and over time, coral and sponges will start to grow on the statue’s base.

Sunset House

  • Location: Sound Sound, Sunset House Dive Hotel
  • On-site dive shop with entry ladder: Yes - Sunset Divers
  • Description: See the famous 9ft mermaid statue called Amphitrite who sits 55ft below the surface. She is only a 10 minute swim from the shore.

The Wreck of the Cali

  • Location: Downtown George Town
  • On-site dive shop with entry ladder: Yes - Divers Down
  • Description: The 220ft steel schooner hosts an abundance of marine life and is an ideal starting place for divers.

Turtle Reef

  • Location: West Bay, Cracked Conch/Macabuca Restaurant
  • On-site dive shop with entry ladder: Yes - Sundivers
  • Description: Here you will find the 'mini-wall' which boasts vibrant, healthy coral and is teeming with sea life.

In Little Cayman some sections of the legendary Bloody Bay Wall are accessible directly from shore.