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Scuba diving in Cayman Brac

Dive the stunning MV Captain Keith Tibbetts shipwreck, climb the amazing limestone bluff or explore some wonderful caves on the small but mighty island of Cayman Brac.
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Diving in Cayman Brac

Quick facts

There are more than 50 dive sites around Cayman Brac so there are plenty of choices for new and experienced divers alike. November to April is high season at Cayman Brac but for diving, the seas are calmer and visibility better from May to July. The island has been hit by hurricanes so do check out the weather forecasts before booking a trip especially from July to October.

Visibility ranges from 60-100ft (18-30m) and dive sites consist of walls, coral gardens and some good wreck dives. Most of the sites are close by and easily accessible by a short boat trip and some can be dived straight from the shore. Water temperature is warm with a range of 78-82°F (25-28°C).

A must-see when diving here is the purposely sunk MV Captain Keith Tibbetts. This is a 330ft (100m) Russian Koni class frigate that was sunk in 1996 to create an easily accessible artificial reef. Besides that, do try the Buccaneer Reef or check out the bronze sculpture on Radar Reef as well as walls like Wilderness Wall. Tarpon Reef makes for an interesting dive with large silvery tarpon swarming around the tunnel and crevices. Divers can also head to the famous Bloody Bay Wall on the nearby Little Cayman Island.

When to go

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USD 2,096Per trip
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What to see

Around the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, many fish come to take shelter and hunt so expect to see schools of barracuda and trevally, and colorful reef fish like angelfish, boxfish and pufferfish. Moray eels have also made a home on the wreck and you may find them peeking out of cracks and crevices. Blennies are also fun to look for and harder to miss are inquisitive goliath groupers. Around the sandy bottom of the wreck there are garden eels, starfish and sea cucumbers.

At wall dives and coral gardens, soft and hard coral growth is plentiful. Many different types of sponges, sea fans and sea whips brighten up the scene. Nassau groupers are often seen waiting to ambush unsuspecting prey, while parrotfish buzz around looking for food. Hawksbill sea turtles and green sea turtles are a likely sighting as are lobsters. Out in the blue and on sandy bottoms, find eagle rays and stingrays. Caribbean reef sharks are not that common here but you can see nurse sharks resting on the sea floor or hiding under boulders and table coral.

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