Leslie’s Curl is another good dive site on the north wall just outside the north sound. This dive site is in the same vicinity as Chinese Wall, No Name Wall and Hammerhead Hill.
Leslie’s Curl is generally a very good dive site unless there has been a substantial amount of rain. The site can get a lot of silt in the water cutting visibility substantially due to rain.
If it has been raining a good bit or if the sound is a very green color as you head out you may want to suggest a different site to the captain. However, even on a day when visibility is not “good” by Grand Cayman standards, you still get 50+ feet of visibility. Leslie’s Curl is named from a reef crest that seems to “curl” over the north wall. The site also has a nice swim through and a very good reef on top of the wall. As with all the dive sites on the north wall you have the wonderful deep blue view as you look down into the 6,000 foot deep trench that makes Grand Cayman’s north wall dives so amazing.
Leslie’s Curl Rating: 3.32 out of 5
- Visibility – moderate although sometimes can be very good
- 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 – Moderate
- Sponges / Plants – Good
- Marine species variety – Good
- Pelagics / Mammals / Turtles / Rays – minimal typically 1 to 3 sightings on a dive
When you dive Leslie’s Curl, as with most sites on the North Wall, you will descend to about 50 feet and then begin to make your way out to the wall. Being on the “Wall” is always one of my favorite
activities. When it is extremely clear you can see 200+feet down until everything fades into a deep blue. If you turn away from the wall and look out into the ocean it is as close to a feeling of being in space that most of us will encounter. Also keep your eyes looking about as you may seen Spotted Eagle Rays or even sharks on this site.
The top of the wall has a variety of soft and hard corals where you will be able to find Moray Eels, Spiny
Lobsters, as well as other crustaceans. You will also find a wide variety of fishes such as Nassau Grouper, French and Grey Angelfishes, Black Durgons, Blue Tangs, Cocoa Damselfish and many more. There are also sand chutes on the site leading down to the wall where you may find Southern Stingrays.
The site has a lot to offer and should make a great dive.
The pool is open…