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Scuba diving and snorkelling are the most popular activities on Grand Cayman, which is known for its coral reefs and underwater walls, as well as a number of shipwrecks, plus stingrays and turtles galore.

The largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman is roughly 35 kilometres long and 12 kilometres at its widest point. Reaching a maximum elevation of 20 metres above sea level, this one island accounts for 76% of the country’s entire landmass.  Grand Cayman is home to the capital, George Town, and also to 95% of the islands’ permanent population of around 52,000.

Most visitors stay at Seven Mile Beach – rated as one of the most beautiful in the entire Caribbean – on the west coast, where white sands and dazzling blue sea meet American-style hotels and resorts, cocktail bars and nightclubs.

When not diving, on land you can explore the national parks on foot, visit museums, or simply relax in a hammock.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: southern stingray, spotted eagle ray, white-tip reef shark, Atlantic tarpon, green turtle

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Cayman Islands Liveaboard

Join a liveaboard to visit all of the Cayman Islands – Grand, Little and Cayman Brac. Experience crystal clear waters, wonderful wall dives and wrecks such as the Russian Destroyer and Kittiwake.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,345 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Discover the Caymans

Enjoy wonderful wall diving, shipwrecks and superb marine life on this iconic dive itinerary, which takes you to Grand and Little Cayman. The diving is suitable for all levels and you can expect some fine turtle and stingray sightings.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,245 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

East End Explorer

The East End of Grand Cayman is famous for its never ending walls with their brightly coloured sponges, plus stingrays and turtles galore. Spend a week exploring some of its 50 dive sites.

  • When to go: Nov-Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,045 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites

Boasting spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and easy access to dive sites, this small and intimate resort has a laid back atmosphere and combines the friendly simplicity of ‘island life’ with modern facilities.

Compass Point Dive Resort

This small luxury dive resort overlooks the ocean on the East End of Grand Cayman. Catering to the needs of groups, families and individuals, it offers a variety of fully equipped self-catering apartments.

Holiday Inn Resort & Suites

Located in West Bay, overlooking the North Sound, this modern beach front resort is nestled amongst tropical gardens and well located for local diving and snorkelling activities on Grand Cayman.

Sunset House

Sunset House is a good value diving resort, situated less than a mile from George Town, with easy access to the water and fantastic views. Facilities include a pool and jacuzzi, a sea pool and on-site dive centre.

Wyndham Reef Resort

Reef Resort is an intimate, luxury boutique property located on the quiet East End of Grand Cayman. It enjoys an exquisite setting on a pristine sand beach, with all rooms overlooking with Caribbean Sea.

Our suggested liveaboard is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Cayman Aggressor IV

This comfortable 33 metre liveaboard departs weekly for seven nights exploring the walls and wrecks of the Cayman Islands. It features all the modern amenities a diver could wish for, catering for photographers in particular.