Dive Zone: Queen's Highway
Dive Site Background: Named after where 'Roger' wrecked his small craft on the shoreline, this site is the reef directly off from this point. This prominent point is in a dynamic area, and we dive here less often than other sites due to often more challenging conditions.
Fun Fact or Anecdote: The site is named after Roger's Wreck, the small craft that wrecked on the shoreline.
Practical Information: Challenging dive due to often more challenging conditions. Head deeper to see more marine life.
Safety and Conservation: Follow diving guidelines and respect marine life.
Named after where 'Roger' wrecked his small craft on the shoreline, this point became known locally as 'Roger's Wreck' - this site is the reef directly off from this point. This site sits right where the northern stretch of the coastline rounds the corner and starts to head south. This prominent point is in a dynamic area, and we dive here less often than other sites due to often more challenging conditions.
The edge of the miniwall is a circus of marine life; you can imagine the scene playing out like the scene under a big top. A beguiling array of colors and shapes in a frantically moving waltz competing for attention. It captivates and charms the crowd; it's only missing the cheesy music! Divers can have a great time making their way back and forth along this coral-covered slope. The flat ledge at the top is where Sailfin Blennies make their burrows. Look for the males rising out of their holes and doing a special dance!
Head down a little deeper to the 'spur and groove' sand/reef channels that begin at the bottom of the slope for potential sightings of turtles, rays, sharks, and larger fish species. If you see an old conch shell on the bottom, see if there is a corkscrew anemone inside. They are often accompanied by Pederson Cleaner Shrimp – identifiable by their purple and white antennae. If they frantically wave their antennae, it means they are offering to clean – perhaps you have time for a manicure?
Operations manager Andy Wilson describes Roger's Reef:
"Roger's Reef it's right up on the northeast corner. It's unique in that it's got a shallow mini wall that runs along this side of the island. And then there's some really big kind of rock fingers that head out perpendicular to it.
Towards the main wall. There's the light. There it goes. It's really cool dive. It can feel very otherworldly when you swim around. The pinnacle the fingers cuz there's big sandy areas, lots of stingrays and stuff like that. "
Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop is located on the remote East End of Grand Cayman. Founded in 1996 with one dive boat and a dream to introduce divers to the wonders of East End diving, the company has grown into one of Cayman’s premier dive operations with a reputation for legendary customer service and having the island’s friendliest staff. Ocean Frontiers is also recognized as one of the most conservation-minded dive operators in the Cayman Islands with a long history of promoting ocean protection through its company programs, and an unwavering support for outside environmental projects. The winner of Project AWARE’s Environmental Achievement Award in 2004 and 2010, Ocean Frontiers has again been recognized in 2012. The company also received the PADI Green Star Dive Center accreditation in 2012 for demonstrating a dedication to conservation, the first dive operator in the Cayman Islands to receive this distinction.