The diver falls deeper down a wall into the seemingly bottomless depths. Around him it is completely dark. The depth has long swallowed the last light. The observer moves further and further away from the diver. Alone he sinks into the endless depth of the sea.
Probably this is the most dramatic scene of the movie “Abyss”. Ed Harris has to descend the wall of the over 7500 meter deep Cayman trench. To defuse an atomic bomb there. At the same time he gets to know a new life form of the deep sea.
“Where the aliens live”, our dive guide is pleased. “We also dive there”. He dives into the depths almost every day at the backdrop of the film. However, most of the film was shot in the tower of an old nuclear power plant.
Diving in the Cayman Trench
Geologically, the Cayman Rift is the continuation of the Puerto Rico Rift. North of Puerto Rico, the Atlantic Ocean reaches its deepest point at 8,605 metres. Then the seabed rises. It breaks through the surface in the form of the island of Hispaniola. And sinks south of Cuba again in depths of 7000 meters. The three Cayman Islands rise from this depth like rock needles. South of the island of Cayman Brac, the Cayman Trench reaches its maximum depth of 7,680 metres.
This is the dive area you can explore with your dive guide. However, you only dive in the foothills of this trench. The ones that go around the small country.
Arrival for diving on the Cayman Islands
With so many superlatives in deep diving, you should already have gotten a taste for it. Cayman is not without reason the best dive destination without a reason in sight.
Unfortunately the journey to the Cayman Islands is more complicated than to the Red Sea. Either you book one of the expensive direct flights to the main island Grand Cayman. Or you can fly to Miami and then take a flight to Cayman’s island capital George Town. Once in George Town, you can take one of the connections to the islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Diving Cayman Brac
But you “fly” away from the big diving hype of the main island. Both Little Cayman and Brac offer diving pleasure on barely touched reefs. Our suggestion for ten days of pure diving takes you to Cayman Brac. This is not only because the island is closest to the deepest ditch.
Deep, wreck or colourful? On Brac everything is possible. If Brac weren’t 36 square kilometres, it could be considered a Maldives island. The highest point is only a few meters above the water. There is not a single river. But sand as far as the eye can see. Underwater you can enjoy a carefree dive at the “Cayman Trench” ditch.
Shallow water diving in the Cayman Islands
In addition to descents into the depths, colourful dives for decompression in shallow water are also offered. But don’t worry. The reefs of the Cayman Islands are still flooded with light and colorful vegetation even beyond the 30 meters. The temperature is also pleasant in the depths. Less experienced divers only dive the “Abyss” when accompanied.
The local dive centers offer supervised descents for deep diving. The same applies to the gigantic wreck of the sunken Russian destroyer. If you don’t dare to go inside the ship on your own, you’ll get an extensive guided tour. “On the leash” of the dive guide. So even extreme dives are safe even for beginners. Or maybe you will do your advanced or deep diving course with these ideal conditions on site. Afterwards you will be sent deep into the Abyss. “Where the aliens live”…
The best dive sites in the Cayman Islands
Capt. Keith Tibbetts (Cayman Brac): The Russian destroyer has been lying on the ground for twenty years and is becoming increasingly attractive as a wreck. Many fish, coral growth and safe diving also inside. What more do you want!
Bloody Bay Wall (Little Cayman): The mother of all steep walls and one of the best dive sites in the world. If you are free of vertigo. At 100 meters visibility downwards, it’s even better than flying.
Jackson Wall (Little Cayman): East of the “Bloody Bay Wall” the Jackson Wall falls into the depth. Since the wall starts further down, the spot is only for professionals. The large sponges and a sensational reef landscape compensate for the decoration in the blue water.
Marilyn’s Cut (Little Cayman): In the very north of the wall there is a deep cut through the reef waste. If you are looking for a deep canyon, this is the right place.
Kissamee (Cayman Brac): A small wreck close to the “Keith Tibbetts”. Suitable for the shallow photo dive in the afternoon. There is plenty of fish and vegetation.
Diving in the Cayman Islands at a glance
Cayman Brac is the easternmost island of the Cayman Islands. The main island Grand Cayman as well as the two sisters Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are part of the Greater Antilles. Cayman Brac is hardly developed. About 1600 inhabitants live on Brac. Most of them from tourism. The southwestern tip “West End” is touristically developed. Where around the airport resorts are distributed. Also most dive sites can be found around “West End”. Diving, eating and sleeping always in the same hotel. There are neither cultural highlights nor sights.
Arrival: From almost all major German airports via London directly to Gorge Town. Local airlines fly to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. A valid passport is required to enter the islands.
Diving: The Cayman Islands offer plenty of underwater variety for all levels of difficulty. You can expect a water temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and visibility of 50 meters all year round. The exploration of the coral gardens, canyons and colorful fish is especially fun. Wrecks such as the Russian Frigate No. 356 are also waiting for you. Renamed “Capt. Keith Tibbetts”, it represents one of the diving highlights of the island.
Excellent Dive Sites thanks to Conservation
Strict water conservation laws ensure the quality of the excellent dive sites. It is anchored exclusively to buoys. There are also protected areas within the Cayman Island Marine Park. Fishing and water sports are strictly monitored there. Diving is “American”. Service-oriented, without hectic rush and with a lot of “easy going” the diving bases accompany you through the underwater world. Training is according to PADI, NAUI and SSI guidelines. Since the dive sites are close to the island, the trips seldom take longer than 20 minutes. Sometimes you can dive directly from the beach. Diving takes place off the island Little Cayman at the Bloody Bay Wall. A bay with a sensational wall.
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