BLOODY BAY WALL, LITTLE CAYMAN
“We are moored at Great Wall West. If you jump off the port side, you will be in 10m of water, but if you jump off the starboard side, you will find yourself in 2,000m, so make sure your cameras are securely attached to your BCDS, as that is a long way down and you won’t be going after it…” said the dive guide, eloquently summing up the major appeal of Little Cayman diving in one fell swoop. The top of the wall along Bloody Bay itself and the neighbouring Jackson’s starts at anywhere from just 6m-15m - far shallower than similar sheer walls on other Caribbean islands. Great Wall West - and the neighbouring Great Wall East - are fine examples of why Little Cayman is hailed as one of the world’s great wall-diving destinations. The reef literally sheers off into a vertical drop into the depths, in some places even being undercut. The whole face of the wall is smothered in encrusting algae and coral, with large clumps of vase sponges and black coral erupting from the wall to catch passing nutrients. This in turn brings in prolific marine life, from the smaller reef dwellers to pelagics such as barracuda, jacks and spotted eagle rays.