THE MERMAID AND THE GUARDIAN
The crystal-clear Caribbean waters of Grand Cayman are renowned for their fantastic reefs and wrecks. But hidden below the surface are two more unique sights: works of art by Canadian sculptor Simon Morris. The gorgeous Mermaid, and imposing Guardian of the Reef, are must-sees in Cayman. Each statue is located via an easily accessible shore dive.
At the Sunset Reef, you’ll find Amphitrite, Siren of Sunset Reef, sunk here in 2000. Aficionados of Greek mythology will know her as the sea goddess and wife of Poseidon. Nearly three metres tall and made of bronze, “The Mermaid” as she’s commonly called, is a great subject for photographers and an attraction for divers of all levels.
Up the road in West Bay at Lighthouse Point you’ll find the “Guardian of the Reef” – aptly named as he stands as a reminder to protect the fragile coastal reefs around Cayman. Divers will find the four-metre-tall bronze warrior seahorse statue just a short swim off shore in 20 metres of water. The statue, sunk in 2014, is one of four Guardians by Simon Morris, created to promote environmental awareness and stewardship.
With no river runoff clouding the sea, yearround visibility in Cayman averages 30 metres, so you’ll spot these works of art long before you reach them. On your swim out, stay alert for eagle rays, nurse sharks, and turtles that frequent the surrounding reefs. It’s hard to imagine the waters of Grand Cayman being any more inviting, but these majestic statues give you two more reasons to love diving here!