The Cayman Islands – which include Grand Cayman and its sister islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – are at or near the top of every serious diver’s “want to explore” list because of the series of vertical walls that ring the three islands. More than 100 named wall-diving sites are just the starting point. Shore diving here is easy to arrange because there’s access to reefs and mini-walls right near many beaches and dive shops.
Where is It?
The Cayman Islands are located in the far western Caribbean, 480 miles South of Miami.
When to Go?
There's diving year-round, but the worst part of the rainy season is in September and October. The water temperature averages 82 degrees. In the spring and autumn plankton blooms, which could obstruct visibility.
Pros and Cons
If you can’t dive for any reason, Grand Cayman is one of the premier shopping stops for electronics, jewelery and much more in the Caribbean islands. The island has three golf courses open to the public, plus the Greg Norman course open only to guests staying at the Ritz-Carlton.
Best Islands for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Off the Shore
If you enjoy walking off the shore and scuba diving or snorkeling in coral so colorful you’ll think you are in an underwater garden, go to Best Islands for Diving Off the Shore. Here’s where you go if you want more information about learning how to start scuba diving.