Over the years that I have been living on Grand Cayman, I have heard so many rave reviews about diving around the Sister Islands. I have often wondered to myself how the underwater world a half-hour flight away could really be that different.
When the opportunity arose for me to visit Little Cayman with some friends, I was excited by the prospect of exploring these waters and finally satisfying my curiosity as to why the diving on this tiny piece of paradise is held in such high esteem.
TO THE TANKS
As anyone who has dived Little Cayman will tell you, the majority of the action happens around Bloody Bay Wall. The four reputable operators on the Island all make regular trips to the Wall, and based on a recommendation, we opted to join Little Cayman Beach Resort on one of their daily tours. We arrived in time to complete the usual paperwork and pick up the equipment we would need for the dives, including tanks and dive computers, which calculate the depth and how long you can stay underwater.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
Once everyone had everything they needed, the boat pulled off the dock and set upon the 30-minute journey to a site called Randy’s Gazebo, an excellent dive site in itself, with a swim-through arch.
DIVING RIGHT IN
As soon as we splashed into the perfectly azure water, we were greeted with an incredible spectacle that screamed, “WELCOME TO LITTLE CAYMAN!”
Upon reaching Bloody Bay Wall, we reached an underwater cliff-like formation that rises from the ocean floor up to as shallow as 20 feet beneath the surface of the sea. The wall that plummets down into the abyss is home to an abundance of healthy coral, friendly grouper, sharks, lobsters, eels and so much more. As we started to explore this incredible dive site, it felt as though time stood still in a spectacular moment, whilst my mind worked on the great task of taking it all in.
SMILES ALL AROUND
Back on the boat, there were big smiles all around, as everyone commented on how remarkable the dive was. With the epic sight of the rich and diverse coral set in such stunning clear water, it was hard to imagine how another dive could compare.
After our next, equally superb dive, I spent much of the journey back to shore considering my brief taste of diving in Little Cayman. The conditions were truly fantastic and the health of the marine life was a pleasure to behold. I wouldn’t like to compare one destination against another, but I would be happy to use this as an excuse to explore the treasures of Little Cayman in much greater depth.
DID YOU KNOW?
After diving, it is advised to wait 18 hours before boarding a plane to avoid decompression sickness.
Author: Drew McArthur