Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands. The island can be divided into five districts from West End to East End, along with its capital George Town.
Along with world-class diving, Grand Cayman is known for a variety of other things as well. There is the award-winning Seven Mile Beach, Stingray City, The Cayman Turtle Center and so much more. Grand Cayman is a must-visit destination with excursions that immerse guests in nature, to high-end shops and restaurants.
What To Expect
Head to Grand Cayman for wonderful diving, beautiful beaches and ample activities to choose from. With friendly locals, clear water and abundant sunshine, you’ll never want to leave.
With over 200 dive sites, you’re bound to see a few turtles, nurse sharks and stingrays. Amphitrite, a stunning 9-foot bronze mermaid statue, lies 50 feet off the shore of Sunset House. She serves as a popular attraction for divers and is totally Instagram-worthy!
Keep your eye out for:
- French angelfish
- Sea turtles
- Reef sharks
- Nurse sharks
- Moray eels
Stingray City is made up of a group of sandbars located 25 miles off the shore of Grand Cayman. These sandbars sit in just three feet of water, making them accessible for all. While visiting Stingray City, you will get the chance to interact with and feed the wild stingrays that live freely in the waters. Stingray City can be visited through a snorkeling trip, scuba trip or in a glass bottom boat.
USS Kittiwake Wreck
Dive the USS Kittiwake, a submarine rescue ship, for the world-famous wreckage and the wildlife. The USS Kittiwake was purposefully sunk to create an artificial reef. While diving, be on the lookout for sea turtles, grouper, stingrays and barracuda. The ship is shallow enough that snorkelers and free divers can also enjoy the wonders of the wreck.
Head to the north side of Grand Cayman to spend the day snorkeling with starfish at Starfish Point. The water starts shallow and then drops off to about 10 feet deep. Snorkeling is the best way to see the starfish but you may get the chance to see them while walking through the shallow water as well. Make sure not to pull the starfish out of the water, as it’s illegal to do so. Drive or boat over to Starfish Point for a fun afternoon with these unique creatures.
Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Center
The Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Center (CTEC) works on releasing sea turtles into the ocean, sustainable husbandry that honors the Caymanian heritage and conservation education and advocacy. Visit the CTEC for up-close encounters with green sea turtles at all different stages of life. Make sure to check out the lagoon where you can snorkel right alongside these animals and the education center where you can learn more about turtles and conservation. There’s also a waterslide, nature trail, crocodile, sharks and a nature trail!
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
The water in the Cayman Islands is, for the most part, safe to drink. Two desalination plants on Grand Cayman supply good-quality purified tap water to the entire West End, including Seven Mile Beach. If you can determine that you’re drinking desalinated water, then it’s safe to drink. Just ask.
Electricity on the Cayman Islands is 110-volt AC (60 cycles), so adapters or transformers are not required for U.S. appliances. Please turn off your television, lights, and air conditioning when not in use to help us conserve power!
Etiquette & Customs
You should pay attention to dress code etiquette in the Cayman Islands, as it remains a “proper” British crown colony and its residents are often conservative in dress and manners. Avoid wearing bathing suits or scanty beachwear outside of beach areas and cruise ships. Cover up in public areas, especially on the streets of George Town. Visitors will want to wear smart casual tropical resort wear at most restaurants.
A government tourist tax of 13% is added to your hotel bill. A departure tax of CI$20 is also collected when you leave the Caymans; this tax is included in your plane fare. There is no tax on goods and services.
The legal drinking age is 18. Beer, wine and liquor are sold at most grocery and convenience stores Monday to Saturday. It is legal to have an open container on the beach. Do not carry open containers of alcohol in your car or any public area that isn’t zoned for alcohol consumption. The police can fine you on the spot.
There is no need for visitors to exchange their US dollars for local currency. The US dollar is accepted throughout the islands. Major credit cards (with the exception of the Discover Card) and traveler’s checks are widely accepted.
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