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.”