Devilishly deep drop-offs, wicked wreck dives and some of the coolest coral in the Caribbean have made the Cayman Islands a world-class dive destination.
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Cayman Islands Sea Life
The Cayman dive sites are accurately named for the dominant species of marine life found there. Snapper Hole, Hammerhead Hill and Stingray City speak for themselves. In other places, the water is a virtual mirror with silversides, awash with sea turtles and scattered in between is a moray eel or two. The rare blue parrotfish can be seen on the sites of Cayman Brac, if you can see past the enormous grouper.
In addition, shallow reefs house macro life in the form of invertebrates, nudibranchs and anemones, whose colorful fronds scoop, sway and retract in effortless precision. You’re also likely to see eagle rays, barracuda and lots of tropical fish, such as sergeant majors, damselfish, grunts, butterfly fish, angelfish and yellowtail snappers.
How to Get There
Much like the underwater environment, the terrestrial life of all 3 of the Cayman Islands is thriving and an important part of topside tourism. The iguanas of Little Cayman are a must-see, the parrots of Cayman Brac should be added to that list too and the Seven Mile Beach is the epitome of unspoiled beauty. Rum is highly celebrated in the Caymans, and many activities revolve around the history, the culture and the culinary spin-offs of the spirit. So make sure you visit a distillery to taste what the pirates made famous.
In addition, the Turtle Farm on the northwest tip of Grand Cayman is a great place to see hundreds of green sea turtles. “Hell” is a group of short, black, limestone formations northwest of West Bay on Grand Cayman. Hiking, bird watching and climbing the bluff are popular activities on Cayman Brac. Finally, the Booby Pond Nature Reserve on Little Cayman provides a habitat for red-footed boobies, other shore birds and a high diversity of native plants.
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