The east end of the island is still relatively untouched by divers and offers pristine sites.
With a variety of sites including caves and swim-throughs, coupled with superfluous marine life, the East End offers something special for the adventurous diver looking for something different.
Daily boats departing from Morritt’s Tortuga explore the 50+ dive sites around the East End, and we aim never to repeat a dive site during your stay!
This is a wonderful wall dive, with the top of the wall at 55ft. It’s loaded with black sponge outcroppings and a variety of marine life small and large.
A premier wall dive with the top of the wall at 45ft. There is a large pinnacle just off the wall loaded with sea fans and large tube sponges. You’ll want to dive into this site more than once as you can’t take in all the beauty in one dive. Large anemones and deep red sponges are abundant as well. It’s not unusual to catch sight of a large shark, turtle or eagle ray!
This is a comfortable shallow dive, with the mooring in 30ft of water and the ledge dropping off at 50-55ft. Along the ledge to the west is a swim-through if you choose. There are crevices for lobster, grouper, eel and all sorts of critters.
A shallow 65 ft maximum dive, this site is full of tarpon and jacks, often with eagle rays swimming in formation over the sand. At the reef crest, there are numerous caves, tunnels, and coral blocks. Large formations of elkhorn coral stand in amongst sea fans and plumes.
This deep dive of up to 100 ft, can be affected by inclement weather but is worth the effort. With many swim-throughs in the fissures and caves, these mazes will lead the diver into semi-darkness and out into the beautiful blue wall. An abundant supply of brain coral, black coral fans and deep-water gorgonian fans just add to this impressive site.
Promoted by cruise ship TV commercials, dive, and adventure magazines, Stingray City has become the world’s most famous shallow dive.
Here, divers would feed, pet, and play with the friendly Southern Stingrays. Divers could kneel on the sandy sea floor while tame stingrays swirl around in search of food.
This memorable dive has made Grand Cayman famous. Unfortunately, during Covid nobody was diving at this site, so the stingrays have moved on to another sandbar. As such, there is currently no diving at Stingray City at all.
If you’re really eager to see the stingrays, check out our Stingray City Sandbar Trip or our Stingray City Sandbar Sail instead.
Note: Stingray City trips depart from the Rum Point Dock, which is a 25-minute drive from Morritt’s Tortuga Club and Resort.
The North Wall boasts spectacular drop-offs and fascinating marine life. It is not uncommon to spot Eagle Rays, Tarpon, and Sea Turtles. The exotic marine life clinging to the vertical sides of the wall makes diving a thrill for even the most experienced divers and photographers. North Wall dive boats depart from the Hyatt or Safehaven docks.
White Stroke Canyon is a coral wall that almost defies description. The immense formation literally dwarfs the diver and vividly portrays the grandeur of the North Wall drop-offs. Two giant coral ramparts jut outward from the vertical wall. With a gaping chasm of clear blue water in between, it is about 150 feet from one rampart to the other, and the rim of the wall curves sharply inward forming a u-shaped indentation.
Brinkley’s Wall is a spectacular drop-off close to shore and quite vertical. The top of the wall begins at 35 feet and drops straight away. Underwater visibility in this area can exceed 160′. This site is loaded with tubes, brown elephant ears, and vase sponges. It’s a great spot to find and photograph Cayman’s famous blood-red sponges. Inshore from the drop-off is a shallow strand of staghorn coral where yellow and gold seahorses are sometimes found.
Eagle Ray Pass is a deep chasm leading to the wall. It’s an awesome formation with towering coral heads, coral archways, and narrow crevices filled with magnificent sponges, gorgonian fans, and black coral. This magical spot is also a regular gathering place for Spotted Eagle Rays that cruise along the face of the wall. Divers frequently encounter groups of two to six rays in a single formation.
Tarpon Alley is where more than 100 giant Tarpon school together in a narrow coral canyon near the edge of the drop-off. Divers can swim through the canyon, almost touching the Tarpons that are slowly cruising back and forth. Most of these silvery fish measure three to four feet long, but there are some giants that reach five feet and weigh approximately 150 pounds.