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Grand Cayman is the largest island and contains the capital of the caymans islands, George Town. George Town is located at the west end of the island, and running north from George Town is 7 mile beach which is where most of the resort style accommodation for Grand Cayman is located.

Diving on grand cayman can be separated into three separate sections, the northern dive sites, the western dive sites and the eastern dive sites.

Northern dive sites

The northern dive sites are grouped around the north side of the northern sound (a shallow lagoon) where the fringing reef encompasses the sound and then drops into the depths creating the northern wall. The fringing reef has cuts, swim throughs, channels running from the sound out to the deep ocean beyond. The diving available on the northern sites consists of these cuts, swim throughs, channels, the shallow fringing reef, and the spectacular wall drop offs into the depths of the ocean. A large variety of soft corals can be found on the wall, with large pelagics sometimes seen from the wall, and hard corals on the fringing reef itself. Typical pelagics include, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, green turtles, hammerhead sharks, black tipped reef sharks. Just on the edge of the northern sound is stingray city and sandbar, two sites where the southern stingrays are commonly hand fed, in depths shallow enough for snorkelers, and all divers to participate in. The hand feeding of the rays has produced very friendly and approachable stingrays for divers to get a close encounter with.

Western dive sites

The western dive sites are the most popular dive sites due to their protection from the weather, little or no current, and excellent visibility. The reef features a spur and grove formation where the spurs run perpendicular to the shore, separated by groves, sandy bottomed channels, that create a labyrinth of swim throughs of which to explore. The west end of the grand cayman is a protected reef area, which means that marine life is plentiful and friendly. Swimming through the reef leads down to a western wall which like the northern wall drops away into the depths of the ocean. Several of the dive sites along the western end of the island are appropriate for snorkelers, and several are also good shore dives.

Eastern dive sites

The eastern dive sites are more exposed to high surf and current from the north eastern trade winds, and are consequently dived less than other sites. The terrain is characterised by large ironside canyons of intricate detail in pristine condition. These large canyons lead out to drop offs into the depths of the ocean, and pelagics are commonly seen from here. The canyons are decorated with swim throughs, caves, gorgonians, black corals, sponges, and soft corals. While there is accommodation at the east end of the island, east end dive operations can be reached as a day trip from the west end of the island by driving.

Dive Sites Reviews in Grand Cayman

This dive site is the deeper one where it’s possible to dive with stingrays.

Macabuca Dive Site

Large number of marine life inhabits this pristine coral reef.

Divers can kneel down and enjoy the many stingrays swimming around!

Superb shallow dive site with coral canyons.

Liveaboard Reviews in Grand Cayman

Few dive destinations can rival the underwater diversity offered on board the Cayman Agressor live aboard.

Beth August 15, 2017

We are looking to dive for 4 days from 12/27/2017. There are 5 of us and we also need accommodations. Thank you!


Levi March 09, 2018

I’m looking for a place that is relatively remote where I can bring my students for a week long certification trip. I visited Cayman Diving Lodge many years ago on my own cert trip and would like some information about whether you still accommodate student trips.


Levi March 15, 2018

I am the certifying instructor at the University of Missouri Columbia. I am looking for a place to bring my students for a week where we can have a little freedom for the certification activities in our program. I would like to bring a group the week of May 19-26 if it is available.

Before hurricane Hugo our program made about 40 certification trips to CDL from the very beginning when Bob Soto opened the place. I would like to get some details about the availability, costs, schedule, gear rental and the like if possible. If someone could contact me I would appreciate it. I would be happy to have a Skype call to talk about the possibility if possible.

Thank you,



Levi March 24, 2018

I am having trouble making contact with the dive lodge. I tried calling, but the message said the 800 number is not working. My emails haven’t gone through to [email protected] and I haven’t gotten an response to emails I’ve sent to this email address. If this goes through and there is another way to make contact please let me know how.

I am a scuba instructor at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Our regular dive resort for certifications is undergoing reconstruction and I am looking for a place to bring my group at the end of May for a 8 day/7 night stay. I’m feeling a little nostalgic because for decades starting back when Bob Soto started the place our class did all of our cert trips to Cayman Diving Lodge. I’d love to bring my group there this time to show it off. I’m very happy that there aren’t phones or TVs because I always try to get my students to disconnect on these trips.

I expect to have about 16 or so. I’m still working on the head count. I’d like to find out how you accommodate groups like us who are doing a mixture of certification requirements and regular diving. I’d also like to know if you have group rates.

Thank you,

Laura Vie
NAUI #9649


Cathy October 22, 2018

I would like to travel to Cayman alone & snorkel all 3 Islands. Do you have accommodations that would support this or do you only make group reservations?


Tim October 31, 2018

Looking for pricing and availability for a week long all inclusive dive trip for two. Single room King bed for the summer of 2019. June and July are currently wide open for us.


Frank November 12, 2018

hI THERE !! Frank here, I stayed @ CDL in 9/1998, had a GREAT TIME!! I cannot find ANY info, pics, location on maps.


Tom February 23, 2019

What is the name of the tree on your property that loses its flowers every morning? We stayed there some years ago and can’t recall its name.


Lou March 14, 2020


Are you open? If so, any last minute options for this up coming week?



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