Babylon Grand Cayman

Babylon, just the name alone brings a smile to those that know diving in the Cayman Islands. Remote, lightly touched by regular tourists and yet noted as one of the Top 10 wall dives in the

Soft Corals, Grand Cayman, Pseudopterogorgia acerosa, Near Babylon

Babylon, Soft Corals, Grand Cayman

Caribbean.  Just mention the word Babylon to any Cayman Dive master and you will notice a sparkle in their eye.

A trip to Babylon from one of the dive operators catering to the seven mile beach divers may cost you a case of the captain’s favorite beverage or other sorts of inducement. But, you will certainly be pleased with the dive site.

Babylon is the kind of dive is saved for the local staff’s day off or to really impress experienced divers.  The mixture of soft corals, wide variety of marine life and the sheer drop on the wall really set this dive site apart.

Babylon  Rating 4.2 out of 5

  • Visibility – excellent; normally 200+ feet
  • Access – Moderate; boat or shore; about 60 minutes from Safe Haven harbor (Note it can be fairly rough on the North Wall and regularly has low swells so take precautions if you tend to get seasick).  It will probably cost you  a case of your captains favorite beverage to go to this site.  While you can dive this as a shore dive it is quite a drive and not well marked from the road.
  • Current – variable
  • Depth to 100+ ft
  • Reef health – Excellent
  • Sponges – Excellent
  • Marine Species variety – Excellent; Eagle Rays, Turtles, Sharks are not uncommon and a very good variety of marine species
  • Pelagics / Mammals / Turtles / Rays

 

Getting There

Babylon is one of the most remote dive sites on Grand Cayman. It is on the North Wall, half way between Rum Point and East End and it is about an hour drive from the west side hotels. It is

Babylon, Spotted Eagle Ray

Spotted Eagle Ray, Aetobatus narinari, (Euphrasen, 1790), Grand Cayman

usually visited by diver operators on the North End or by dive boats on 3 Tank Safaris around the island or by live-a-board vessels.

However, don’t let all the hype about the beauty of this dive site and its remote location make you afraid. It is not an advanced dive. Once you get there, Babylon is an easy dive, with the top of the Cayman wall starting between 35-45 feet. There are large sand patches on top of the wall and excellent shallow reefs for those scuba divers that do not want to venture too deep.

Babylon, Spotted Trunkfish

Spotted Trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis, (Linnaeus, 1758), Grand Cayman

However, for those scuba divers who want a true vertical experience, they will find it on the wall at Babylon. The drop off is fantastic. The wall topography changes from a sheer plunging wall face to cascading sheets of plate coral and large pinnacles jutting into the crystal clear waters of the Cayman Trench. You can regularly see large pelagic fish, turtles and rays swimming along the wall. While you are captivated by the pure vistas of Babylon do not forget to witness the Cayman reef inhabitants. The wall teems with schools of Chromis, often interrupted by Barracuda, Stop-Light Parrot fish and Queen Angels. The wall is decorated with thick outcroppings of Black Coral, Purple Sea Fans, Barrel sponges and a great variety of other tropical marine life. So if you have the time, the inclination and the required tip for the captain, make sure your next trip to Cayman includes a stop at Babylon.

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