Under the Sea

The underwater population of the Cayman Islands draws visitors from near and far.

Ocean Options

Trisha Urban

Ocean Options

Whether Cayman Islands visitors dive, snorkel, take a submarine trip, or "snuba" (breathe via a 20-foot air line connected to a tank on a raft), they'll observe amazing sea life.

Sea anemones

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Red Delight

Sea anemones stretch their graceful tentacles in hopes of luring prey.

Snorkle Mask

Michael Hanson

Tools of the Trade

This simple snorkel mask offers a window into another world.

Angle Fish

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Say Cheese

Many marine animals in the Caymans, including this angel fish, are exceptionally tame and can easily be approached for photographs.

caymans coral shrimp

Trisha Urban

Cayman's Coral Shrimp

Visitors may first try a resort course, which includes instruction and a guide-accompanied dive. To earn full certification, students complete extensive academic and water work either at home or in the islands.

Snorkel School

Snorkel School

Visitors may first try a resort course, which includes instruction and a guide-accompanied dive. To earn full certification, students complete extensive academic and water work either at home or in the islands.

Diving into the Deep

Trisha Urban

Diving into the Deep

Operators often pick up divers either on the sands of Seven Mile Beach or from marinas in the North Sound. Some will even come to the individual hotels. Avoid the prepackaged tours that resemble cattle calls herding tourists onto boats. "Sometimes, it’s not even cheaper," says Butch Sjostrom of Seaports. The best operators keep the number of divers to a minimum, which greatly enhances the experience.

Exciting Encounter with a Stingray

Michael Hanson

Exciting Encounter

The graceful inhabitants of Stingray City and Sandbar encircle tourists to feed on morsels of squid. No one has ever been struck by a barb here, says Red Sail Sports guide Jimmy Ebanks (not pictured), who's traveled this corridor since 1952. "The rays brush up against you like little kittens," he says, "so don't be afraid."

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