The Cayman Islands are known as a premier diving destination. Located in the western Caribbean, between Cuba and Central America, the Cayman Islands comprises 3 islands - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman.
The Cayman Islands are known for their abundance of sea turtles - Christopher Columbus first named them “Las Tortugas.” Hawksbills and greens are the most common, with the occasional loggerhead. The underwater topography, the abundance and diversity of marine life, and the warm, clear tropical waters offer fantastic diving and underwater photographic opportunities for persons of all levels and abilities. Grand Cayman’s North Sound is known for its plethora of curious Southern Caribbean Stingrays, and the shallow waters here offer amazing over-under images during sunrise. Caribbean Reef Sharks are frequently seen on Grand Cayman’s east-end, along with the occasional hammerhead. The north side’s main wall features a fantastic drop-off, while West Bay is known for its superb and colorful sponges.
However, I spend much of my time on the mini walls. The mini walls are exactly what they sound like - a reef section starting between 25 and 45 feet and then descending down to about 70 feet. The sandy patches adjacent to the mini wall are where I find most of my macro critters. The depth lends itself to excellent long dives and plenty of chances to discover tiny subjects. One of my favorite activities is to conduct rebreather dives on the mini wall with the Nauticam EMWL lens. I use my rebreather as the lack of bubbles allows me to get closer to marine life, and it lets me perform dives that are hours long.