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Grand Cayman Water-based activities

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There is no doubt that the waters surrounding the island counts among its greater charms. Here is a selection of activities that are in, on or under the water.

Stingray City

This is actually two locations. The "true" Stingray City is a shallow SCUBA dive/snorkel location, voted one of the best shallow dive sites in the world. The one most people know is actually called the Sandbar and has knee-depth water. Both are located in the middle of North Sound and are only reachable by a guided tour. In both, you get to interact with Caribbean stingrays in their natural habitat, rather than captive in a marine park. This is nearly always singled out as the one "must-do" activity on the island, because it is such a unique experience.

Snorkelling

Grand Cayman offers some wonderful opportunities for snorkelling from shore so that you don't have to pay extra for a guided tour, although these are offered, especially if you want to get to some of the more far-flung places.

There is an excellent guide to shore snorkeling on the island by Testudo, including a map, detailed descriptions, and pictures of the various locations.

SCUBA Diving

The Cayman Islands are famous for their SCUBA diving opportunities. This was one of the major attractions for us to buy property here, since we are both avid SCUBA divers. There are many, many operators that are certified and provide excellent diving experiences on-island. Whether you want small boats with smaller groups, or larger boats with more facilities, you will find what you need here. Dive operators offer air, NITROX, plus a whole lot of the more exotic tech diving opportunities on the island, as well as classes to further brush up on your SCUBA skills.  There are also freediving (apnea diving) opportunities.  If you are interested in finding a dive shop in the area, please let us know when you make your inquiry and we can talk with you about your needs, and point you in the right direction.

If you are not a certified diver, but would like to try the sport, most dive operators offer so-called "Resort Courses" which provide a one-time dive experience accompanied by a trained instructor.

Another great option that is less expensive, but which still provides a great dive experience is shore diving. There are numerous opportunities available on the island and nearly every site has an associated dive operator, and it is a requirement that you rent you tanks from them. Costs are usually around $10 CI ($12.50 US) per tank of air. We have some great shore diving right off our condo site, but there are others in the area and all around the island. It's hard to find a good guide online, but a search for "shore diving Grand Cayman" will give you lots of ideas. If your chosen shore dive site does not have a dive shop associated with it, you can rent tanks (and other equipment) from Divers Supply on West Bay Road.

All of the photos on this site were taken by us using a fairly cheap underwater camera. Hopefully this illustrates just how clear the waters are and the quality of the light.

SNUBA and Helmet diving

Those that want to have an underwater experience without learning to SCUBA dive may wish to try helmet or SNUBA diving with Sea Trek.

Kayaking

Cayman Kayaks offers two tours - the Wildlife Mangrove Kayak Tour exploring the shallow waters of the mangroves (Mon-Fri at 9:30am) and the Bioluminescence Glowing Water tour (leaving evenings from Rum Point on a schedule that follows the moon cycle - see their website)

Cayman Sea Elements offers a variety of tours, including eco-tours and marine programs, and the only mangrove snorkel tour on the island.

If you want to go your own way you can rent kayaks from us at a 10% discount.  Please contact us to have this set up, or talk to the site manager on arrival.

Fishing

You can fish from the shore in many parts of the island, you can take a private charter or join a group for bottom fishing, deep-sea fishing or bone fishing. Typical catches are Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tna, Mahi-Mahi (April, May and June are best), Wahoo (November through to July) and Marlin anywhere from 25 to 60lbs. Most of the tour operators will pick you up from our condo, but please get in touch with them for details. There are so many charter companies that we're not going to single any one out here - please use the search engine of your choice to look for "Fishing Charter Grand Cayman" and you will see the selection.

A Ride in a Submarine

Atlantis Submarines offers day and night dives, allowing you to see the underwater beauty of the island without you having to get wet. Passengers must be at least 4 years old and 3 feet tall.