The Cayman Islands are not only a popular travel destinations in the Caribbean but they are generally considered one of the best diving holiday destinations in the world. But what makes them so special for divers?
The most remarkable site at Little Cayman is arguably the Bloody Bay Wall. The wall extends some 2 kilometers (6000 feet) below you but it is the abundant marine life around and on the wall itself that is most likely to catch your attention. The shallowest point of the wall starts at about 6 meters (18 feet) so even novice divers can visit it. In 1999, a group of photographers created the Bloody Bay Wall Mural: a life-sized image that shows a 20 feet by 60 feet section of the Bloody Bay Wall.
Cayman Brac has a lot of opportunities for reef, wall and wreck diving alike. A must-visit site is the wreck of MV Captain Keith Tibbetts also known as Frigate 365. Cayman Islands government purchased this 95 meters (311 feet) long ship in 1996 and it was then scuttled to create a dive site. In a major storm in 2004 the ship broke two. The still impressive wreck is the home for myriads of marine species ranging from nudibranchs to barracuda.
Most divers visiting Grand Cayman want to dive at Stingray city. The site is just 4 meters (12 feet) deep and swarming with southern stingrays. The sheer number of them makes this dive a unique experience. And talking about unique experiences, do not forget to dive through winding ravines of the Maze, another popular dive site around Grand Cayman.
Chances are that you have not visited Saint Kitts and Nevis , a Caribbean country of two islands. You may, however, want to add it to your “must visit” list of diving holiday destinations particularly if you are looking for experiences “off the beaten path”.
In winter you can expect water temperature around 25°C (78°F) and around 28°C (84°F) in summer.
The variety of marine life is large. You may come across sea turtles, yellowtail snappers, spiny lobsters and octopuses as well as barracudas or the occasional Caribbean reef shark. Some 200 wrecks in the area are sure to pamper even the most demanding wreck divers.
There are several scuba outfits that can take you to the dive sites and, if you are a beginner, you can also take your first diving course on the islands to kick-start your diving career.
India has announced plans to open 7 islands for developing tourism at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands. This includes creating infrastructure that makes previously hard-to-reach scuba sites easier to reach.
The new infrastructure catering scuba diving and water sports options should be ready by 2016.
Beach resorts and water sports facilities will be build on three currently uninhabited Lakshadweep islands: Thinnakkara, Suheli Par and Cherium. The costs are estimated to be just under USD 100 million.
For many of us, South America is the big unknown at least when it comes to diving. If you are looking for an opportunity to get your flippers wet in South American waters, here are some great dive sites from Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina.
The coastline of South America offers some of the most diverse and interesting terrain in the world, ranging from the warm and pleasant waters around the equator through to one of the closest land points in the world to Antarctica. This means that there is a wonderful variety of scuba diving to enjoy around the continent, including some of the most spectacular and memorable diving spots in the world. Whether you are a scuba diving novice or are looking for a challenging trip, the coast of South America will have a great destination for you.