Eagle Ray Pass is another great wall dive on the North side of Grand Cayman. This scuba diving site, as the name suggests, usually has Spotted Eagle Rays “flying” along the walls from 40 to 120+ feet. These beautiful rays are always great to watch as they gracefully swim along the walls and interact with you. If you are careful and move slowly you can often approach fairly closely to these magnificent creatures. The dive site at the mooring is over a sand chute that leads to the wall. There is a deep crevice or gap in the wall which forms the “pass”. You will enter this wide gap and swim slowly down and exit the wall at approximately 100 ft.
Eagle Ray Pass Rating: 3.79 out of 5
- Visibility – Good to very good (though not good typically after a rainstorm)
- Access – Moderate; boat only and about 45 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)
- Current – variable, minimal to strong
- Depth to 100 ft / 30 m
- Reef health Hard / Soft Corals – Good to very good
- Sponges / Plants – Good to very good
- Marine species variety – Good
- Pelagics / Mammals / Turtles / Rays – minimal typically 1 to 3 sightings on a dive
Pay close attention as you go through the pass as there will probably be lobster and other crustaceans on the walls. You can also find grouper cleaning stations, moray eels and a wide variety of marine life. The hard and soft corals are healthy here due to the current along the wall. While, Eagle Ray Pass can be fairly turbid with greatly reduced visibility after rains it usually has good to very good visibility. Eagle Ray Pass is close to the cut in the coral reef where dive boats exit from North Sound. The runoff from the mangroves will tend to turn the North Sound green around Stingray City and will cloud the scuba diving sites near the main channel and other openings in the reef. And although this is a great site make sure you plan appropriately if it is or has been raining.
Once you have exited the pass you will cruise along the wall and begin to gradually make your way back to the top of the wall where you will finish your dive. Scuba divers will enjoy the variety of marine life on this site and the soft and hard corals are very nice on top of the wall. You can also find stingrays quite often swimming in one of the “fingers” or resting on top of the wall in one of the sand chutes.
On my last dive at Eagle Ray Pass, I had just started down when I saw five Spotted Eagle Rays flying just above the top of the wall around 60 feet. These rays swam back and forth along the wall for the entire dive and made for some great underwater photographs.