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Oro Verde (“Green Gold”) is a former U.S. Army transport ship that ran aground in 1976 on Grand Cayman’s reef. The wreck sat on the reef until 1980 when the local dive communities moved it into shallow water and turned it into an artificial reef. It is now one of the most popular wrecks in Grand Cayman.

Oro Verde now lies in just 18 meters/60 feet of water off Seven Mile Beach. Divers can reach the wreck right from the shore. The wreck is also commonly done as a second dive of the day.

Due to the various hurricanes and storms that hit the coat over the years, the wreck has seen quite a “beating”. The ship is dispersed, with engines, pistons, and other parts laying around. Penetration is possible. Several discarded mountain bikes can also be seen on the seabed here.

The wreck is teeming with marine life of all sorts: parrotfish, horse-eye jacks, grunts, angelfish, goatfish, snappers, blue tangs, barracudas, eels, crabs, lobsters, sea turtles, and rays.

With water temperatures of 24 to 28 C/76-82 F, Grand Cayman can be explored year-round. Hurricane season runs from June to November. Rough waters can be encountered in October and November.

Dive site info provided by Akira Ito on Sep 16, 2020

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Nearby Dive Centers

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Cayman Turtle Divers

Email: caymanturtledivers@gmail.com Telephone: (345) 938 0184

          This dive shop in Grand Cayman provides a personalized dive experience led by a dedicated and knowledgeable crew and at a maximum of only 6 divers. They provide a full valet service from setting up the gear to washing it and packing it, and their resident marine biologist is always eager to fill divers in on what all the little critters are doing on dives. They offer a full range of scuba instruction as well as specialty snorkel trips, sunset cruises, Stingray City trips and private charters.

Lobster Pot Dive Center

Email: dive@lobsterpotdivecenter.com Telephone: +1 345 946-8685

          The Lobster Pot Dive center on Grand Cayman is an authorized PADI 5 Star Dive Resort with a 5 star reputation. Together with their partners, DEEP BLUE DIVERS and WALL TO WALL DIVING, they offer PADI dive courses, morning and afternoon boat dive trips to Grand Cayman’s famous wall, the wreck of the EX-USS KITTIWAKE and STINGRAY CITY, shore diving, night diving, snorkeling and dive & snorkel EQUIPMENT RENTALS. The Lobster Pot Dive Center is stocked with clothing, gifts and souvenirs to satisfy all shopping needs from basic dive essentials such as masks, fins, snorkels, dry bags and dive accessories to sunglasses, beach towels, postcards, sunscreen, pirate paraphernalia and more.

Indepth Watersports

Email: nat@indepthwatersports.com Telephone: (345) 926 8604

Don Foster's Dive Cayman, Ltd.

Email: dfd@donfosters.com Telephone: (345) 945-5132

          Don Foster's Dive was established in 1982 and is one of the island's most respected dive operations. Their waterfront location features spectacular shore diving or snorkeling opportunities and is adjacent to Devil's Grotto, one of Grand Cayman's most famous shore dives. With their fleet of 6 spacious boats, they offer daily 2 tank dives, 1 tank dives, Kittiwake wreck dives, Stingray City dives and fantastic guided night dives from shore to their house reef, Casuarina Point. Their expanded retail shop offers drinks, snacks, souvenirs, and t-shirts with full dive equipment rental. Instruction available from Introductory Scuba courses to full Open Water Dive up to Divemaster certification.

Sapphire Watersports

Email: rssritz@redsailcayman.com Telephone: (1) 345 943-9000

          Sapphire Watersports is the exclusive watersports operator at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, offering a variety of excursions and private charters to make your vacation truly memorable. Revel in new experiences both above and below Cayman's signature clear blue waters. Sapphire Watersports offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the best that Grand Cayman has to offer.

Cayman University Divers

Email: info@cudivers.com Telephone: 345-327-1238

          Cayman University Divers operated our first dive charter in July of 2012. Since then we have been taking individuals, couples and entire families on amazing adventures below the crystal blue seas off Grand Cayman Island. Cayman's spectacular walls, shallow reefs and wrecks are among the best anywhere. We limit our trips to 6 divers so each outing is like being on a private charter. We offer Underwater Narration on all dives at no additional charge. Just point at a fish and we will tell you what it is.

Seasports Diving

Email: dive@seasportsdiving.com Telephone: (345) 916 3261

          What makes them different: -they are now taking a MAXIMUM of SIX divers – No cattle boats! - Staff with over 30 years experience in Cayman - Beach pick up - Free equipment wash and storage - Unlimited bottom time - Buddy team diving welcome - Later start. No battling for dive sites, they are usually all free! - PADI certified instructors and small classes - 80 CF tanks - Night Dives - Amazing private charters

Eden Rock Diving Center, Ltd.

Email: info@edenrockdive.com Telephone: 1-345-949-7243

          Launched in 1983, Eden Rock Diving Center is a full service diving center dedicated to a fun and safe experience diving or snorkeling two of Grand Cayman best shallow reefs Eden Rock and Devil's Grotto. Eden Rock and Devil's Grotto two of Cayman most interesting reefs riddled with tunnels, caverns and grotto's, illuminated by rays of sunlight that stream in from skylights. Only a short swim from shore, divers will descend at the buoys to a maze of tunnels where big Tarpon and Barracuda like to hide. Parrot Fish, Sargent Majors, Yellow Tail Snappers, Turtles and an occasional Stingray are among the surprises that await divers.

Living The Dream Divers

Email: dive@ltddivers.com Telephone: +1(345) 526-3483

          The Caymans offer a lot of choices for people wanting to enjoy the water. Their service is flexible, friendly, safe, and fun for anyone to enjoy – no matter the level of experience. Their boats are purpose-built Newton dive and snorkel vessels designed and built for Grand Cayman diving with no detail overlooked. Their dive team are true professionals~ highly qualified, patient, personable and have a passion for diving. They believe in small groups and big boats, so they limit the numbers to give excellent service, both in and out of the water.

Pirate Divers

Email: piratedivers@outlook.com Telephone: (345) 324 3271

          They offer a complete PADI Diver training package through their school from Try dives to PADI Professional courses, and complete internships from beginner to Instructor. They can include training on the standard dive trips or give personal and group/family instruction to any schedule. They also offer a full diving package including West, South & North side, 2 & 1 tank diving trips; Kittiwake dives, fantastic shore and night dives, and full equipment rental packages, while their diver to guide ratios are a maximum of 6 people on any dive trip. They also provide a vast choice of snorkeling trips and excursions, Sting Ray City being the most popular, Coral Gardens, Fringing reef, Starfish Point and many, many more.
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