The Grand Cayman is one of the Cayman Islands, three much beloved islands located west of Jamaica and south of Cuba. There is Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. The islands are actually the tips of a gigantic undersea mountain and the water surrounding can therefore be as deep as 12000 feet. The islands is popular among divers looking for high quality diving and excellent resorts. The Cayman Islands is located in the centre of the Caribbean Sea, which means great temperatures year-round and an unbelievable array of tropical marine life. The Cayman Islands exceptional scuba diving safety record has won world wide acclaim and is today considered a gold standard to the world of diving. Much of this has been accomplished by the standards and regulations developed by the Cayman Islands Watersports Operators Association (CIWOA).
Grand Cayman is the Cayman island on which you can find the biggest selection of dive operators and hotels. Popular dive sites include beach dives from the famous “7 mile beach”. One other easy accessible dive site is the West Wall. String Ray City and the North Wall are also popular dive sites not to be missed. Gales Mountain, The Pinnacles, Tarpon Alley, Eagle Ray Pass, No Name Wall, Lemon Drop-off, Ghost Mountain, Chinese Wall, Spanish Bay Reef – the list of other famous and excellent dive sites goes on and on since there are over 150 dive locations in close proximity to Grand Cayman. The off shore walls have drop offs extending to 6000 feet. The deepest part of the Caribbean Sea, the Cayman Trench, is located just a few miles south of Grand Cayman. This part of the sea is 24,576 feet deep at the very deepest spot. For those more interested in shallow diving in reefs there is also an abundance of dive sites to choose between. The boat drip to the dive sites not located next to the beach take 5 – 35 minutes and is a very beautiful experience too since the scenery is great.
Water temperatures usually stay in the high 80's Fahrenheit in the summer and fall months, while dropping to the high 70's Fahrenheit during winter and spring. The waters surrounding Grand Cayman is generally calm and free of currents. The visibility is always outstanding, usually around 80-150 feet, but can peak to 200 feet during the calm summer months. This is one of the reasons behind Grand Caymans huge popularity among underwater photographers. The rainy season usually starts in the middle of May and goes on until the end of October. November to April is dry, but brief afternoon showers are not uncommon.
One more thing, while being on the Grand Cayman, remember that due to their British heritage the residents drive on the left side of the road. The Cayman Islands are still a British Crown Colony, famous not only for its qualities as a holiday destination but for its banking industry as well. The local currency is the Cayman Dollar and you can pay with any major credit card almost everywhere.