OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS
Below the tranquil, calm waters of the Cayman Islands innumerable surprises await – so many that you could dive a different site 365 days of the year and never see the same thing twice. Among the most spectacular of these are the Cayman Islands' legendary wrecks.
Wreck Diving In:
A favourite of divers is the Doc Poulson. Sunk as an artificial reef off Seven Mile Beach, it sits upright on a bed of pure sand. Another great wreck is LCM David Nicholson, a 50 ft. WWII LCM landing craft that sits upright in 65 ft. of water. It's a favourite haunt of divers, as is the nearby 9 ft. tall, 900-pound bronze statue of a mermaid – one of only two in the entire world. Also not to be missed is our newest wreck, the Kittiwake, a 251 foot, 5 deck, 2,200 ton vessel decommissioned in 1994 after over 50 years in service. The "Guardian of the Reef" a mythological half warrior, half seahorse has become the latest addition to Cayman's dive scene. The Guardian of the Reef was sunk in January 2014 at a depth of 65 ft. just off Lighthouse Point, on the island’s northwest point.
The MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts – a 330 ft. Russian frigate – was intentionally sunk off the Brac's West End in 1996. Sitting in 50 to 100 ft. of water, this is the only divable Russian warship in the Western Hemisphere. Another unique underwater offering is the Oceanic Voyagers, a 7 ft. tall bronze statue depicting a pair of spotted dolphins cavorting with the Cayman Islands' famous southern stingrays. Other great sites are the Cayman Mariner and the Kissimmee.
On laid back Little Cayman a superb array of spectacular dive opportunities await you. In addition to the island's premier attraction – the renowned Bloody Bay Wall – you can also explore the wreck of the Soto Trader, a cargo barge that sank off the South Side of Little Cayman in 1976.
Capt Keith Tibbetts, Cayman Brac
Ranging in depth from 40ft to 110ft this is the only divable Soviet warship in the Western Hemisphere. A thin coat of algae has encrusted the vessel and nudibranchs have taken residence in the wheelhouse, where divers can safely penetrate the top three decks.
Kissimee, Cayman Brac
This wreck was deliberately sunk in 1982. Sitting in 50 ft of water this 60ft tug boat now provides a fascinating point of interest for divers.
Doc Poulson, Grand Cayman
This 70ft cable laying ship was sunk in 1981. The Doc Poulson is a picturesque shallow dive great for beginners and second tanks. Intact and safe to penetrate, the wreck is encrusted with tiny patches of brain corals, sea fans and sea rods and tended by a crew of slippery dick wrasse, parrotfish and angelfish.
Kittiwake, Grand Cayman
This submarine rescue vessel was in service from 1945 – 1994. The Kittiwake is available for both snorkelling and diving. There is no end of rooms to explore this wreck, that will soon enough become an artificial reef, enhancing the marine environment with new fishery stock and habitats for marine life.
Oro Verde, Grand Cayman
Scuttled in the spring of 1980, this wreck is steadily maturing with a coat of sponge and coral. Its current payload of horse-eye jack, sea bream, jewfish, eel and barracuda will give you a high you won't want to come up from.
Pallas Wreck, Grand Cayman
This site is named after the Norwegian steel hulled brigate which sunk here in 1903 when she hit the reef.