The Cayman trio of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman have long catered to Caribbean dive enthusiasts. Grand Cayman bustles with a steady stream of tourists with plenty of distractions, Brac is chiller, and Little Cayman is distinctly sleepy. All offer stunningly clear water, endless underwater walls, and friendly dive operators. The ever-present sea turtles vie with Stingray City’s (a collection of sandbars home to an abundance of southern stingrays) famous residents for most beloved local marine animals. Huge shimmering tarpon are common in the summer and are very approachable.
Left: A Hawksbill sea turtle takes flight while searching for a sponge to snack on in the late afternoon off Grand Cayman.