Scuba Diving Images

Scuba diving provides amateurs and professionals both with experiences that cannot be replicated. The joy of the first dive, the challenges of the initial course work, fear, excitement all come together to provide an experience that is both existential and rewarding. Looking down into an abyss 4,000 feet deep off Grand Cayman, being inside a cage viewing Great White Sharks in Madagascar, drift diving in Indonesia, swimming across the amazing coral reefs off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef this is just the beginning. Coral reefs are estimated to cover 284,300 square kilometers (109,800 sq mi), just under one tenth of one percent of the oceans’ surface area. So come on in and enjoy some fascinating photos of the underwater world.

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Dive Site Location & Photos Things of Interest Description
Orange Canyon  Grand Cayman West SideElephant Ear Sponge, Agelas clathrodes, Orange Canyon Grand Cayman (Steven Smeltzer)Surrounded, Silversides and Scuba divers,  Grand Cayman (Steven Smeltzer) Orange Elephant ear sponges, Tarpon, Silversides, West wall This dive site is always a favorite for the variety of sponges, coral and fish that can be observed from this west side dive site in Grand Cayman.
Oro Verde wreck  Grand Cayman West SideOro Verde, Shipwreck, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman (Steven Smeltzer)Scuba Diver over wreck of the Oro Verde, West Side, Grand Cayman (Steven Smeltzer) Oro Verde (Green Gold) wreck, Green Moray Eels, Angelfish, Silversides (seasonal), small crustaceans such as Arrowhead Crab The wreck of the Oro Verde is always an interesting dive.  Though the wreck is getting a little “long in the tooth”, it remains a popular spot for west side divers.  Off Seven Mile Beach this site provides a good site for a second shallow dive or a night dive.
First Cathedral Lanai Hawaii In the Chapel Lanai HawaiiCathedrals, In the chapel, Lanai Hawaii (Steven Smeltzer) First Cathedral is the premiere dive site at Lanai.  It is also a dual pinnacle set up and is one of the largest most diverse dive sites in Maui County.  The pinnacle with the moorings is 35 feet deep on the shallow portion and has a large arch on the west side.  The northern side provides an excellent wall with caves, nooks and crannies and a swim through arch.  A sand channel separates this from the wash rock pinnacle that comprises First Cathedrals.  This large cavern has a maximum depth of 45’-50’ deep and a ceiling overhead up to 20’ high.  It has a lace work of lava on the east wall that allows light in a manner suggesting a stained-glass window.  Hence, the name, First Cathedrals.
Eagles Nest Grand Cayman Diving Eagles Nest, West Side Grand Cayman (Steven Smeltzer)
Molokini Crater Shark Condos  Sharks Condo Molokini CraterWhite-tip Reef Shark, Triaenodon obesus, Maui Hawaii (Steven Smeltzer)

White-tipped reef shark Lanai Hawaii (Steven Smeltzer)

Wall Dives Cayman Island  West Wall, Scuba Diving, Grand Cayman, Bonnie's Arch (Steven Smeltzer) Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman have spectacular wall diving.  You will find the visibility and variety of marine life hard to beat.  We have been diving the Caymans for 20 years and it never disappoints.  North and East end off  Grand Cayman is some of my favorite and if you can talk the boat driver into going a little further than normal Babylon is the place to go.

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