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What To Expect On A Little Cayman Liveaboard
A Liveaboard to Little Cayman will take guests to a place renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty both above and beneath the waves, Little Cayman is the smallest and least developed of the three Cayman Islands. A nature lover's paradise, the tiny island's luscious mangrove forests, pristine tropical lagoons and hidden ponds support an abundance of colourful and native fauna. In fact, the island boasts having more birds and reptiles than it does people. Some of the island's most distinctive inhabitants, the Sister Islands Rock Iguana, is easily encountered in the village streets. Keep an eye out for the quirky 'Iguana Crossing' road signs stating that these prehistoric creatures have right of way. Other wildlife includes the stunning array of birds- Little Cayman is home to the largest breeding colony of Red-footed boobies in the western hemisphere. A host of other seabirds such as Brown Boobies, Frigates and White-tailed tropic birds, along with many species of non-breeding wetland migrants such as plovers, ducks and sandpipers can be observed here. Only a select number of liveaboards are available in the Cayman Islands, ensuring no overcrowding at dive sites from other vessels.
Little Cayman Underwater
Little Cayman's unspoilt natural beauty extends far beneath the waves. Home to one of the most iconic wall dives in the world, no liveaboard cruise to the Cayman Islands would be complete without visiting Bloody Bay Wall. The near vertical cliffs of Bloody Bay Wall, with its dramatic almost 90 degree drop off, form some of the most beautiful and breath-taking ocean scenery to be found anywhere in the Caribbean. Tiny bristle stars, arrow crabs, Christmas tree worms, Moray eels and a host of vibrant reef fish find shelter within the many holes and crevices of the wall. The larger reef predators such as the stunning big-lipped Nassau Grouper show very little fear of divers and often approach in curiosity, allowing for some incredible photo opportunities.
Dive Sites of Little Cayman
BLOODY BAY WALL: The world famous Bloody Bay Wall is the epitome of wall diving. With a breath-taking near vertical drop-off which plunges more than 3000 ft into the abyss, Bloody Bay Wall boasts some of the most spectacular and dramatic wall scenery to be found anywhere in the ocean. With visibility often in excess of 100ft, diving alongside this submarine precipice is a humbling experience, likened by many to floating through space. The wall itself is bursting with marine life, with every inch seemingly populated with a colourful array of corals, fans and exotic sponges that protrude outwards toward the deep. The iconic vase, tube and elephant ear sponges that occur here exist in a wide spectrum of shades, from blood red and orange to the most illuminous of yellows.
Marine life here is abundant, protected by Marine Park status, every crevice, nook and cranny is shelter for critters such as arrow crabs, Moray eels and a mind-boggling assortment of iridescent fish. The larger inhabitants, such as the big-lipped Nassau grouper fearlessly approach divers, often using them as cover while they stalk their prey. Reef sharks and turtles provide frequent encounters, and a whole host of large pelagics, such as Hammerhead sharks, lurk in the deep nearby.
Top Tips for Divers
- Make sure to maintain a good diving profile and be sure to watch your depth when diving the wall.
- As with all popular dive sites and areas of high boat traffic, it is a good idea to bring and use an SMB.
- To fully appreciate the vibrant colours of the sponges, bring a flashlight or strobe with you so you can observe them in their full glory.
- Practice good buoyancy and be mindful of your fins to avoid impacting the fragile marine life that inhabit the walls and reefs.
- The official currency of the Cayman Islands is the Cayman Islands Dollar, but US Dollars are readily accepted.
Getting to Little Cayman
Liveaboard diving offers the best way to experience Little Cayman's Bloody Bay Wall. Cayman Island Liveaboard dive cruises typically last 8 days and depart from the capital city George Town, located on Grand Cayman Island. Sailing the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, you will visit all three islands, weather permitting, diving the best of all the Cayman Islands have to offer.