GRAND CAY­MAN

Sport Diver - - Training -

With more than 365 doc­u­mented dive sites on Grand Cay­man, you might think that every stretch of the west­ern Caribbean is­land’s famed wall has been ex­plored.

With a DPV, divers can still find a vir­gin stretch with lit­tle more than a com­pass bear­ing and a solid dive plan. With ver­ti­cal faces densely dec­o­rated by mas­sive sponges, corals and other in­ver­te­brate life plung­ing thou­sands of feet be­low, the trip less taken is def­i­nitely worth the ef­fort — and it’s al­ways fun to ex­plore a clas­sic like the Kit­ti­wake from a new per­spec­tive.

“There is end­less reef all around Grand Cay­man, so there’s al­ways some­thing beau­ti­ful to see no mat­ter how far you ride,” says Jo Miku­tow­icz of Divetech. “Our spe­cialty DPV dive, the West Bay Ex­press, is ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite: We leave from our dock at Light­house Point, pick a di­rec­tion based on cur­rent, wind and waves, and just go. One of our dive boats fol­lows along on the sur­face, and when divers run low on air, bot­tom time or bat­tery, they just sur­face wher­ever they are and the boat picks them up.”

The dive is a fa­vorite for Miku­tow­icz too. “There are a lot of over­hangs and pin­na­cles to race around, un­der and through,” she says. “Not only is the to­pog­ra­phy cool, but you can typ­i­cally see tur­tles, ea­gle rays and loads of fish and gi­ant sponges all over the place. Dives can last about an hour and cover five sites. It’s amaz­ing.”

CAY­MAN IS­LANDS

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