Diving & Snorkeling
Warm temperatures, amazing visibility and robust reefs make Grand Cayman a top choice for divers. Arguably, there are better, more pristine sites on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, but the diving around Grand Cayman is also fantastic – and unlikely to disappoint.
Several excellent resorts cater almost exclusively to divers, including Sunset House, Cobalt Coast, Compass Point and Lighthouse Point. These resorts offer discounts on dive packages, gear rental and storage and excellent shore diving on-site.
There are a slew of other dive shops around the island, especially in George Town and along Seven Mile Beach. Many offer easy shore access to a 'house reef', in addition to boat dives and gear rental. Two-tank dives usually run US$105 to US$115.
The clear, warm waters of the Cayman Islands are teeming with blue marlin, wahoo, tuna and mahi-mahi. Charter a boat (half-day charters about US$600, full-day charters US$900 to US$1200) with an experienced Caymanian captain and hook some real action. Fishing charters include Blue Water Excursions and Red Sail Sports.
A large population of retirees and financiers ensure a steady stream of golfers on island courses. The links are beautifully situated and well maintained, though the courses are not exactly world-class. Arguably, the best of the bunch is at the North Sound Club, where you'll find the only 18-hole course on the island.
While Grand Cayman lacks the dramatic scenery of much of the Caribbean, horseback riding is still a popular and rewarding way to see the island. Most rides take place in the West Bay, with beach riding and horse swimming in Barkers National Park.