Cayman tops Scuba mag’s destinations list

| 23/01/2012

reef.jpg(CNS): The Cayman Islands has bagged itself a clutch of accolades in a leading scuba magazine’s annual awards. In the Top 100 and Gold List by Scuba Diving Magazine Cayman tied for the top spot with Bonaire for best destination overall. For the past 19 years, the Cayman Islands have placed at or near the top in several categories and this year it grabbed top-five awards in eight categories. Individual dive shops and dive resorts were also recognized in the Gold List with Grand Cayman's Ocean Frontiers rated as the best dive shop in the Cayman Islands, followed by Divetech.  Sunset House rounded out Cayman's success ranked as the best Dive Bar with their much loved 'My Bar'.

Cayman's Dive Resorts also made the list with Compass Point Dive Resort, followed by Little Cayman Beach Resort taking the top spots as best dive resorts in the Cayman Islands. 

Other accolades on the Gold List include Best Wreck dive with the Capt. Keith Tibbetts in Cayman Brac, Best Animal Encounter with Stingray City, Best Family Destination, Best Beaches, Best Night Life and Best Wall Diving were all credited to the Cayman Islands. Cayman also took top honors for Best Photography.

Since 1994, Scuba Diving Magazine has asked readers to rate dozens of destinations to determine Scuba Diving’s exclusive Top 100 Readers’ Choice Awards and Gold List.  Thousands of their readers and subscribers took trips to their favourite destinations to reveal what they think is the best the dive world has to offer today.

The 2012 awards

1-  Best Destination Overall = Cayman Islands #1 (Tie with Bonaire)
2-  Best Macro Diving = Cayman didn't place
3-  Best Advanced Diving = Cayman Islands #2
4-  Best Big Animals = Cayman didn't place
5-  Best Beginner Diving = Cayman didn't place
6-  Best Wreck Diving = Cayman didn't place
7-  Best Photography = Cayman Islands #1
8-  Best Shore Diving = Cayman Islands #5
9-  Best Marine Environment = Cayman Islands #3
10- Best Marine Life = Cayman Islands #4
11- Best Wall Diving = Cayman Islands #2
12- Best Destination for Diving = Cayman Islands #4

A full list of all the awards can be found in the January / February 2012 double issue or online here


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sunset House was also named in the Best Dive Resort Category as well as Ocean Frontiers and Dive Tech.  Sunset House's My Bar did indeed come in as one of the Top 100 for Best Dive Bars.

  2. Anonymous says:

    well done cayman and all the expats the run the dive industry………

    • Anonymous says:

      You just had to turn this into an expats vs. Caymanian issue, didn't you?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hope the Tourism marketeers get this great news out there!

  4. Anonymous says:

    99.9% of the divers who come to Cayman are STAY-OVER guests. Stop pandering to the cruise ship passengers and focus on improving the visit for STAY-OVER tourists who spend lots of money here.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful! Great for our Tourism Industry and Islands overall.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Yeah!!! Finally something positive for Cayman Islands .

    Now we need to preserve it and get higher awards next year and years to come. I wonder if Bush still wants to propose that oil refinery or darts man made island and destroy those ratings?