Cayman Brac has spectacular shallow, wall, and wreck diving. By far the most well known site on this island is the wreck of Russian frigate 356 - MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts. Snorkelers, novice divers and the more experienced will enjoy this vibrant wreck as she sits in just 60-85 feet of water, rising up to within 30 feet of the surface. Boasting over 100 species of recorded marine life, it is a good dive for macro photographers too. Sunk in 1996, it is one of the few Russian wrecks that can be dived in the western hemisphere, and Jacques Cousteau famously "rode" her as she was sunk. Sections can be penetrated along the immense 330-foot vessel, but only by trained divers. Goliath grouper, permits, and ocean triggerfish are some of the more unusual large fish that can be seen.
East Shute/Cayman Mariner is another popular wreck dive on Brac. Sunk in 1986, the sponge-covered wreck now attracts turtles, eels, and schools of barracuda. In addition, there is a breath-taking wall further out along the sand chute, where assortments of sponges are prolific in their growth. Starting at 45 feet, the chute disappears down into the abyss.
Cayman Brac has around 20 stunning wall dives. Wilderness Wall, in the south, is a pristine site with seriously huge sponges and healthy corals. Canyons, crevices, and pinnacles add even more interest to this plunging wall that begins at 50 feet and drops to unknown depths. Schools of horse-eye jacks, turtles, stingrays, and Nassau grouper are frequent visitors. The chance of seeing pelagic fish is reasonable at this site. As well as the deeper walls, there are 18 shallower sites that are as beautiful and interesting for novice divers. Don't miss Treasure Trove, Gillembo, and Tombstone.
Little Cayman is rated as one of the top places to dive in the world by many well-known magazines, marine biologists, and scuba diving experts. The visibility is exceptionally clear - making it perfect for photography and marine life identification. The famous Bloody Bay Marine Park is home to an amazing wall that dramatically drops to 6000 feet. The most mind-blowing dives (such as Great Wall West, Great Wall East, and Ringer's Wall) are located along Bloody Bay Wall. Teeming with life, these sites will never fail to please!
A highly recommended dive site is Mixing Bowl (3 Fathom Wall); it combines the best of the Bloody Bay Wall with the Jackson Bay Bight. The stunning vertical wall proceeds into broken up sandy sections that attract turtles, stingrays, and a multitude of colourful Caribbean reef fish. Fun swim-throughs can be found along this section.
Cumbers Caves is another exciting site full of swim-throughs that start in the sandy area and pop out onto the sheer wall at 80-100 feet. Eagle rays, stingrays, garden eels and angelfish are a common sight.