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Enjoy Little Cayman Diving at its Best!


Little Cayman Dive Sites


North Shore - Jackson Bay:

1 - Cascades - At the east end of Jackson Bay, in deeper water than usual, the reef's slope gently curves down and spreads into pinnacles and huge coral heads that rise through large sandy chutes, making the scene look like real cascades. Swimming across them, you'll feel like you're flying over Niagara Falls and wonder why there is no mist. It is common to find here big schools of Horse-Eye Jacks circling around the main pinnacle.  

2 - Paul's Anchor - The site is famous for numerous old anchors embedded in the reef, some of them almost invisible under the Incrustating Coral. Here the rugged wall comes wandering from Cascades and a 60 feet deep canyon makes for an intermediate depth dive.

3 - Nancy's Cup of Tea - A huge pinnacle has its base around 100 ft and towers near the top of the reef in 40 ft. At that depth, it touches the wall, forming the ceiling of a high room that you can enter from the bottom. There, a dark opening invites you to have a look, but as soon as you go in, you realize that enough sunlight filters through the ceiling to create dramatic shadows and light rays that strangely highlight the big branches of Black Coral covering the walls. The water in here is clear and calm, and your bubbles climb towards the surface, shinning in the cathedral-like rays of light.

4 - Mike's Mount - A nice tunnel leads from the sand to the outside of the wall, as is often the case in Jackson Bay. Once on the wall, your chances of seeing a Gray Reef Shark are at their highest. The top of the drop-off between Nancy's Cup of Tea and Mike's Mount usually abounds with schooling fish, among which you'll see Jacks, Nassau, Yellow and Tiger Groupers, and Chubs. Once you're back inside the sand belt, an inviting labyrinth of shallow swim-through's lead you to the boat, and you can hope for Nurse Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays and turtles.

5 - 6 The Meadows & Eagle Ray Round Up - This used to be the headquarters of the Eagle Rays, but they have expended their territory to pretty much all of the sandy area in Jackson Bay . Sharks are often seen on the wall, as well as huge Rainbow Parrotfish. On your way back to the boat, stop at the mooring line and look for a family of cute Squids that sometimes swim around there in perfect formation.

7 - Jackson Bight - One of the greatest dive sites in the Jackson Bay area! The big patch of reef stretching out under the boat is worth an hour. But if the wall is your destination, you'll probably see sharks, and on your way back look for Eagle Rays. If you have the patience, you can also search the rubble for Pipehorses and Pipefish. A huge Barracuda often sits under the boat, surrounded by a cloud of Sergeant Majors.

8 - 9 Cumber's Caves & Bus Stop - A first small and shallow drop off breaks down the landscape from 15 to 35 ft. Swimming across a large sandy area, you eventually reach the reef that lies in 50 ft of water. The wall's slope takes you down gently and you'll be amazed by the number of crevasses and swim-through's cutting through it. Bus stop has one large tunnel and Cumber's Cave four different ones. They all start around 50 ft and exit at 100 ft on the wall. The tunnel at Bus Stop is announced by a deep sand chute created by a strong northwester in 1989. All the swim-through's get remodeled constantly by the shear fury of storm surge. Reefs Sharks are frequently sighted and Eagle Rays sometimes cruise along the inner wall. The sand belt remains the unchallenged domain of Sting Rays and their escorting Bar Jacks. Bus Stop was named after the remains of a school bus that had been abandoned on shore.

10 - Sarah's Set - Here Jackson Bay is coming to an end and the sand belt dips down to 60 or 70 ft. Enormous Barrel Sponges are spread out along the mini wall, but the main wall is also worth a look.

11 - Blacktip Boulevard - This is the end of Jackson Bay. The mooring is set at the edge of the main wall, in 50 or 60 ft. But the mini-wall is a short swimming distance away, with its big Barrel Sponges and colorful Sea Fans.

 

North Shore - Bloody Bay:

12 - Mixing Bowl (Also called Three Fathom Wall - 1 fathom = 6ft.) - The meeting point between Bloody Bay and Jackson Bay. To the left is the steep vertical wall and to the right is a sloping reef with many crevasses. The Jackson Bay sand patch starts here. Scorpionfish are common and huge schools of fish typically occupy the area. Yellowhead Jawfish are occasionally found nursing eggs in their mouths and lobsters roam around freely even during the day. Mixing Bowl is one of the most amazingly colorful sites, and a night dive here will leave you speechless.

13 - Marilyn's Cut - A large trench opens almost under the boat and leads to the wall, starting at 30 ft and opening out at around 70 ft. A resident Green Moray lives in there and an inviting tunnel stretches out on one side of the cut's exit, changing after a while into a short vertical passage ascending back to the top of the reef. This is the end of Jerry's territory.

14 - Donna's Delight - Jerry is at home here; as a matter of fact, he is spotted more often here then anywhere else. The wall becomes really sheer and vertical.

15 - Randy's Gazebo  After swimming on the wall for a few minutes towards the east, you come across the Gazebo, a wide archway opening through a short pinnacle, perfect for those wide angle shots. You then follow an ascending ledge where Yellow Stingrays make their home. On the way back, a long horizontal swim-through takes you to the top of the reef, via a tunnel and a vertical exit. The Gazebo is one of the most famous seahorse residence.

16 - Ringer's Wall - You can swim to Randy's Gazebo or simply enjoy the beautiful sheerness of the wall as it drops to endless depths.

17 - Great Wall East - Bloody Bay Wall at its best. Sheer, vertical, endless drop-off.

18 - Great Wall West - The continuation of the Great Wall. Look for big coral heads rising up from the top of the reef in 20 ft. of water, where many creatures hide and live. You'll find Scorpionfish, Green Morays, young Nurse Sharks, and even a Longsnout Seahorse if you're lucky.

19 - Lea Lea's Lookout  Jumping from the boat, you'll have a choice of two large swim-through's stretching from the mooring all the way to the wall. The closest one is long and narrow, curving left and right before reaching the open water. The other, a little further to the east, drops immediately down to 60 ft and almost turns into a tunnel as you swim towards the wall. The high walls resemble those of a canyon and the broken overhead filters sunlight creating a spooky, theatrical atmosphere. Dark crevasses open on your right, a few of them ascending back to the top of the reef in narrow chimneys. Eventually, you'll reach the opening onto the wall around 100 ft and a perfect deep blue welcomes you out of the shadows. The steeply sloped reef around here is rich in colors and covered with a dense forest of Gorgonians, Vase and Barrel Sponges, and various hard corals. The very rugged landscape gives you an acute sense of perspective and much too soon you'll have to turn around and head back for the boat. Current can be a little stronger around here, but the fish enjoy it and gather by the hundreds on the edge of the wall.

20 - Coconut Wall - You'll find here one of the only stands of Pillar Coral on the north side. A few shallow swim-through's will probably attract you, as well as circular room big enough to fit a few divers, opening on one side and towards the surface. 

21 - Barracuda Bite - Despite its name the site is rather popular. It is a beautiful dive, and while swimming towards Joy's Joy, you'll find many tunnels and cuts into the sloping wall. Wandering lobsters are very often seen out in the open, and so are the few resident Green and Spotted Morays.

22 - Joy's Joy - You've reached the end of Bloody Bay Wall. This is the best moray area, you can hope to find Spotted and Green ones. Lobsters are often seen out in the open even during the day. Spotted Drums don't seem to mind a little bit of company, happily sharing their holes with both morays and lobsters.

 

West side:

23 - Coral Cay Wall - Not dived very often, this site is the link between Bloody Bay and the West End. It's located exactly in front of McCoy's bar...Get the message?

24 - Fisheye Fantasea - Deep dive on a rarely visited section of the wall.

25 - Jigsaw Puzzle - Shallow dive along patches of sand and coral heads.

26 - Sand Chute - Deep dive on a rarely visited section of the wall.

27 - Unknown - Deep dive on a rarely visited section of the wall.

28 - Bush Gardens - The ideal small critters dive! If you like Yellowhead Jawfish, Sailfin Blennies and the like, look no further. This shallow bottom goes up to about 20 feet where it meets the iron shore. It's the only dive site on Little Cayman where one can actually swim underwater all the way to the rocky shore walls and look at the different Crabs, Sea Ursins and creatures that live there.  

 

South Shore:

29 - Lighthouse Wall - Definitely a deep dive! It's the southwestern most dive site and the boat sits in at least 60 to 70 feet of water. A 5 minutes swim will lead you across a huge colony of Yellowhead Jawfish to the main wall. Being so far out, this drop off is known for the unusual size of its inhabitants. Groupers, morays, Ocean Triggers, even the sharks are a little larger... It won't be your longest bottom time and the current might be noticeable, but the suspense is high!

30 - Patty's Place - Also a deeper wall dive, Patty's Place can have current sweeping the wall but the water is usually the clearest of the south side.

31 - Dynamite Drop - Thank God, no dynamite was ever used around here and the pristine condition of the reef will confirm this. Look for an Eagle Ray in the sand on the way back to the boat.  

32 - Charlie's Chimneys - Sadly, the chimneys are too deep for sport diving, but the wall is very spectacular.  

33 - Black Hole - The first of 4 deep dives on the main wall, which starts at 50 to 60 feet under the boat.

34 - Lighthouse Reef  

35 - Pirate's Point Reef - The remains of an old sunken dive boat mark this dive site, reminder of mother nature's fury. What? Oh no, of course not, it wasn't human error! ;-)  

36 - Richard's Reef - The mooring of Pirate's Point Reef is so close that you might as well go check it out before turning around.  

37 - Gay's Reef - The remains of an old dive boat are scattered on the sand patch, reminder of the rather - sinking - surprise a group of divers must have one day when they found their dive boat still tied up to the mooring line, but sitting on the bottom!

38 - Windsock - Located right across the runway's windsock which can sometimes be seen through the trees on shore, this site is one of the shallow south-side dives. A very old little cannon lying on the bottom under the boat reminds us of ancient pirate activity around the island.

39 - Grundy's Gardens - A nice mixture of sand, rubbles for small creatures and shallow reef.

40 - Hooray Reef - Closest to shore, this is surprisingly not the shallowest site. A few short swim through's stretch out in 40 to 50 feet, offering an ideal hide-out for tarpons.

41 - Soto trader It's Little Cayman's only wreck. The Soto Trader was a small island freighter that sunk after an explosion caused a fire on board. It's 140 feet long and lies upright in about 50 feet on a sandy bottom, just next to the small reef leading to shore, right in front of the Villas. A huge Goliath Grouper likes the place, you might see him if you're lucky even though he is extremely shy... Spotted Drums are common around the wreck, both juveniles and adults. Then swim across the sand to a coral island and look for Eagle Rays and Nurse Sharks.

42 - The Edge - A little exposed, these three dive sites are rarely dived.

43 - Paradise Plundge

44 - Howard's Holes  

 

"And the sea shall grant each man new hope, like sleep brings dreams of home."
C. Columbus

 

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