Snorkeling in the Caribbean
Posted Apr 17, 2015
With more than 200 dive sites recorded, Grand Cayman is as beautiful underwater as it is above. Take a look at some of the best places for scuba diving in this premier Caribbean cruise destination.
Take an excursion to West Wall, a coral wall that's bursting with marine life. There, you'll get suited up for a two-tank dive, then head out to explore. This coral wall has a variety of sponges, gorgonians, and corals. You will also get to see snapper, grouper, sea turtles, and rays as you descend. One more dive is included in the trip, giving you a chance to see a shipwreck or reef.
The Trinity Caves site in West Bay features canyons and a wall as you dive as deep as 130 feet. On the south side, a spectacular maze of caverns and tunnels includes the Japanese Gardens, a group of coral reefs that includes vase sponges and antler coral. At the east end, you can explore the Babylon Hanging Gardens and Ironshore Caves.
Diving at a cemetery? It's not quite what you think — but you will need to head through a path along the cemetery to reach this Grand Cayman diving spot that's just north of Seven Mile Beach. You can enter right from the white sand, where you may see a lot of locals snorkeling. You'll have to go further in to see the best marine life.
One of Grand Cayman's most popular diving spots is Devil's Grotto, known for its prismatic array of color. It's filled with purple Pederson shrimp, butterfly fish, and a selection of bright marine life. You can also see some amazing caves if you can find the hidden tunnel entrances. Even experienced Caribbean divers should consider taking a guide to Devil's Grotto.
One of the best things about Eden Rock is being able to glide through the grottoes. Schools of silverside minnows will swim around you as you go through these easily navigable areas, immersing you in Grand Cayman's underwater world.
Stingray City is known is one of Grand Cayman's biggest attractions. There, you'll stand at a sandbar and pet the stingrays that gracefully swim through the water. Many of the island's dive operators offer scuba excursions to Stingray City.
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