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Activities

Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, Kayaking, Sailing, Boating, Deep Sea Fishing, Inshore and Flats Fishing Beachcombing, Nature walking, Bicycle Riding, Iguana Interaction, Bird watching, National Trust Historic Environmental and Educational Programmes, Local Museum, Day Spa, Bars & Restaurants, and of course Relaxing on the Beach.

Diving At Its Best!

Internationally known for our legendary dive sites, world class dive operators and outstanding conditions, Little Cayman is the perfect destination for divers of all ages and experience levels.

Facilities We Offer:

Our beach on the North Coast is immediately in front of Bloody Bay wall and is the BEST DIVING in the Caribbean, and as good as anywhere in the world all things considered.

Shore diving is superb and a much cheaper option for those experienced in planning their own dives, and willing to lug their own tanks and gear. Try our Dive Kayaks – as an option to get that little bit more out of your shore diving! Boat diving with a dive operation is a great way for those looking for a comfortable diving experience.  Private charters available on request.

We can arrange a dive package for you – from self-guided shore dining, boat diving with the resorts, or even private charters.

Reefs and Terrain

With fringing reefs surrounding the island, shallow shelves, and impressive walls, all within comfortable swimming distance of the beach, snorkellers and divers have it made.

North Coast Marine Park Diving

The North side of Little Cayman has Bloody Bay and Jackson Walls - fabled as the planet's best wall diving. Bloody Bay's Vertical Walls start as shallow as 20’ and extend into a seemingly endless blue abyss. Diving here is a must do with a vide diversity of walls to keep you interested. No more boring shallow second dives. They don’t exist here! The inshore area of this area is typified by flat hardpan coral formations close to the shore that are heavy on sea fans, a diversity of large reef fish, conchs, as well as countless reef critters. At a dive site called Mixing Bowl, where Bloody Bay and Jackson Walls meet, the slope changes dramatically. In the Jackson Bight area a mini-wall runs parallel to shore, separated from the edge of the drop-off by broad patches of snowy white sand. Wide Tunnels under the massive coral growth lead you from the sand flats at 50’–60’  to the outside of the wall at about 100’deep. This diving will not disappoint you. The colours of life are intense, chances of a big encounter are dramatically improved, and the adrenalin rush of a new tunnel mixed with a little bit of narcosis make this diving nothing short of magnificent. This is the shore dive right off our private north coast beach.

The wall here is a series of canyons and massive coral outcroppings surrounded by schooling fish and bigger pelagics. The top of the wall here is about 50’ deep. The water is generally calm as a bight of land protrudes out into the ocean blocking the prevailing wind and waves for most of the year.

The exception to this calm weather on the North is during Winter storms. During winter NorthWesters the normally choppy south side is FLAT CALM opening up the opportunity to dive on pristine dive sites rarely visited. Expect excellent diving on these days but pack something warm for after the dive as the North wind is chilly.

South Side Diving

The south side of the islands has a barrier reef extending the length of the island. It comes right up to the surface of the water creating a calm shallow sound on the inside and unspoiled coral reefs on the outside. Narrow, shallow shelves with both spur-and-groove and patch-reef coral formations abound. The spurs are separated by sandy grooves and extend perpendicular to the shoreline, reaching out to the wall.

Shallow dives here have sand chutes, big canyons leading to overhangs and caverns.

The South Wall starts much deeper -- about 70 to 80 feet -- and plunges off eventually reaching the Cayman Trench - 6,000 feet deep.

Corals and sponges carpet the walls. Everywhere, you'll find formations of mountainous star coral, brain coral and shingle-like sheet coral. Gorgonians -- the sea whips, plumes and fans -- stretch out for sunlight over ledges bulging with giant barrel sponges and tube sponges. Waters teem with fish, rays, and turtles, even the occasional shark wandering in from the deep.

Underwater Visibility

Along the walls, underwater visibility of 100 foot plus is an average day. When the oceanic currents and weather are just right, the visibility can extend to 200 feet. Visibility in the shallows can range from 50 to 100 feet, depending on the tides and wind conditions. While many islands offer excellent underwater visibility, Little Cayman is consistently superior. There is no wrong time of the year. This flat coral island has no rivers to produce muddy water runoff and the undisturbed nature of the island keeps the crystal clear water pristine and full of marine life.

Underwater Photography

First-class underwater photo services are available to complement the easy access to the best calm water dive sites. Expect results in Little Cayman! As the saying goes: there are three components necessary to get good pictures – access to good subjects, good equipment, and skill. In Little Cayman just showing up ready to take pictures means you are already two thirds of the way to having your own fantastic pictures on the wall.

Through the Island’s photo centers you can purchase photo accessories, rent video and still cameras, and enjoy photo courses taught by professionals.

Marine Life

Aside from the divine atmosphere on land this is one of the most compelling reasons for travel to Little Cayman.

The reefs and walls of Little Cayman offer some of the greatest collections of colourful sponges, soft and hard corals imaginable. Our corals are in great condition and are noticeably better that other surrounding islands. Couple this with all the intriguing reef creatures and prepare to be amazed.

Little Cayman is especially known for the variety of Reef Fish, and in particular - groupers. With one of the last remaining known grouper holes in the Caribbean – and government protection of this precious and significant annual breeding ritual – the island is blessed with abundant and often very large Groupers. Fancy a close encounter – Friendly Nassau Groupers will approach a calm diver or snorkeler – sometimes allowing you to cradle them. Don’t forget to look for the giant Jewfish that may just be hanging our in the shadow of the boat. Mutton, Hog and Margate Snappers feed in the sand flats alongside Stingrays with escorts of Jacks and garden eels. Look for Eagle Rays feeding in the sand as well– if you are calm they will allow you to pass close by for good look. Magical morays abound on the reefs. Look for them on night dives when they are out hunting. You may even find them in tidal pools at low tide, along with colourful octopus – looking for an easy meal. Majestic Tarpon are both common and easy to engage. These giant silvery fish hang almost motionless, moving only to allow your passage through their chosen crevice, canyon, or cave. Coneys, Trumpetfish, puffers, hamlets, friendly angelfish who inquisitively will come right up to your mask, are all common. Schools of Horse-eye Jacks can be seen cruising along the edge of the drop-off or among the medium depth reefs. On the shallow reefs, you can find schools of Grunts and Mangrove Snappers, Queen Triggers, occasional pairs of Flying Gunards,  various Parrot fish and lots more for you to identify.

Manta Rays, Wahoo and Tuna are sighted during chance encounters on wall dives. Occasionally divers encounter a Whale Shark or other impressive pelagic. I came face to face, and then its face to my fins, with a blue marlin cruising the mini-wall early one summer morning. Yes it is true. The marine life is impressively abundant. You will not be disappointed even with the day to day. Be a bit little adventurous and the chance of an unforgettable experience is great.

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