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Little Cayman is small but it packs a punch with spectacular wall dives and unique wildlife encounters.

Diving in Little Cayman

Quick facts

While the island is small, dive sites are plentiful around Little Cayman. During November to April, water temperature ranges between 78-82°F (25-28°C) and visibility is great at 60-100ft (18-30m). Most of the dive sites are close to the island and easy to dive. As the island is at sea level and fringed with beaches, many dives start right from the shore.  

Dive sites at Little Cayman consist of vertical walls, beautiful coral gardens and boulder formations. The best dive sites are located along Bloody Bay Wall which is a spectacular vertical wall with more than 15 different dive sites. The wall begins at a depth of 20ft (6m) and drops off to 1,000ft (304m). Along the wall, colorful sponges, gorgonian sea fans and other coral formations make a wonderful home for reef fish and critters.

Another area to explore is Jackson’s Bight at the northwest end of Little Cayman which also boasts several different dive sites. These dive sites offer a slightly different seascape with chutes, tunnels and crevices to explore.

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USD 2,096Per trip

What to see

It is always busy along Bloody Bay Wall. The vertical drop-off is teeming with colorful reef fish including a variety of angelfish, parrotfish, anthias and surgeonfish. Within the nooks and crannies of the wall find moray eels, lobsters and crabs as well as squirrelfish and blennies. You are also likely to encounter large Nassau grouper which like to roam the walls. Looking out into the blue, you might spot Caribbean reef sharks, sea turtles and the occasional blacktip reef shark.

Around Jackson’s Bight and other dive sites, healthy coral reefs are also brimming with marine life. Stingrays often dwell in sandy bottoms and nudibranch can be found amongst the hard and soft corals. Lookout for skittish sailfin blennies, Flaming Tongue shells and sometimes resting nurse sharks in the shallows. If lucky, coming in from the blue could be eagle rays, or sometimes even a manta ray.

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Area

Little Cayman is the smallest of the three islands that form the Cayman Islands. It lies 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Grand Cayman and only 5 miles (8km) west of Cayman Brac. The island has a tiny population of only 170 people and is 10 miles (16km) long and 1 mile (2km) wide.

Christopher Columbus chanced upon this island early in the 16th century. Since then, not much has changed on the island except for the addition of a few resorts and basic amenities. The island is still rich with nature and is home to the largest red-footed booby population in the Caribbean as well as the critically endangered Lesser Caymans iguana. The middle of the island contains a landlocked salt pond called Tarpon Lake.

The top draw for tourist to Little Cayman is its scuba diving. Little Cayman, like the rest of the Cayman Islands, is a peak of a massive undersea ridge called the Cayman Ridge. This attracts marine life to the waters around the island resulting in a rich marine biodiversity. The best time to visit Little Cayman is during November to April which is the dry season and do check weather forecasts in advance during June to October as hurricanes pass by this area.

Other attractions

Visit the Booby Pond Nature Reserve to see the red-footed boobies or try fishing in Tarpon Lake. You can also paddle out to nearby Owen Island or simply relax on the beaches of Little Cayman. For festivities, visit during November for Pirates Week or the Sister Islands Cook-off.

Getting there

Fly to the Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman on airlines like United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Cayman Airways, British Airways or Jetblue. Take a connecting flight on Cayman Airways to Little Cayman.

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