The Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – are in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, close to Cuba. The wonderful islands have a spectacular, unspoilt natural world on land and beautiful coral reefs in the bright blue sea – not too far from shore. Each of the islands has superb beaches, some are busy with lots of activities, many others are very peaceful and secluded. These island really are peaceful havens in a far too busy world.
Forbes rated CAYMAN as the World’s Friendliest Country.
Islanders call this “Caymankind“.
The welcoming nature of the local people means that you can relax and enjoy your holiday to the full. With our help, you can explore places of interest and experience various activities, with no fuss – no rush, in your own time and your own pace – as a welcome guest rather than a tourist.
Grand Cayman is the largest and busiest of the islands, lots of activities and a lively nightlife on the west coast of the island. Outside of the main town visitors will see a contrast in the quiet, undeveloped East End of the island. Grand Cayman offers something for everyone. The two smaller islands are much quieter. Cayman Brac is known for its natural world and is one of the top 10 diving destinations worldwide. Little Cayman is the least developed and smallest island – an untouched wilderness where iguanas and birds outnumber humans.This tiny “uninhabited“ island is also famous for its superb diving and snorkelling. Bloody Bay Marine Park is one the world’s best snorkelling and diving sites – something we can confirm.
Although Grand Cayman is busier, relatively, than the smaller islands – each is a seriously “get-away-from-it-all” holiday experience. Grand Cayman offers a choice of the lively and the quiet while the two smaller islands are idyllic peaceful oases. The sense of tranquillity – on each of the islands – is a genuine thrill. Visitors will enjoy the many natures parks and trails which offer a view of the islands’ natural beauty. Lots of wonderful beaches and historic landmarks can be seen around the islands.
The weather is always warm and sunny, with a cooling breeze that keeps you fresh and comfortable. Whatever kind of holiday you prefer, you can do it in comfort and enjoy it to the full. There is little seasonal variation – so anytime, is a good time to go.
The Caribbean Sea is famous for being deliciously warm, calm and clear, ideal for any of the huge number of water sports on offer, especially the diving and snorkelling. Divers and snorkellers will see nearly every kind of colourful coral, superb walls, shipwrecks and a huge variety of marine creatures. According to the late Jacques Cousteau some of the world’s best diving. With over 365 dive sites on 3 islands the Caymans are diving and snorkelling heaven. But non-divers will find a lot of fun things to do – either on top of the water – or on firmer ground
We are a Caribbean holiday specialist with a wealth of local knowledge and many years’ experience. We can answer any questions from personal experience and tailor-make a holiday to your requirements and wishes.
We are regular visitors to the islands and have personally selected the accommodation we offer. We would be delighted to discuss any plans you have for a holiday in this special part of the world.
We are the preferred tour operator for many resorts and have the best air fares, prices and offers. We offer a wide choice of services for you to get the very best from your holiday. On small islands, services such as accommodation, vehicle hire, excursions, diving etc, get booked very quickly. To avoid disappointment these should be booked in advance.
Booking services with us, will save you money and they will be part of an ATOL protected holiday
In the north west Caribbean Sea, 150 miles south of Cuba, three peaks of a massive underwater mountain range, the Cayman Ridge, break the surface of the water to form Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are 5 miles apart and 75 miles west of Grand Cayman. The population of around 60,765 people is made up of more than 100 nationalities, a distinctive society that sets it apart from the rest of the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands’ ethnic diversity has given the islands a welcoming atmosphere – known as “Caymankind“. The Caymans have been called the world’s friendliest country and visitors will feel welcome and safe. The island atmosphere is relaxed and carefree, there are no exclusive tourist areas. Most of the islanders live on Grand Cayman, then Cayman Brac with 2,099 and Little Cayman 150. The cuisine reflects the local culture with an exciting variety of Caribbean dishes and international favourites, something to suit any palate. There are dozens of bars and restaurants, especially along 7 mile beach, on Grand Cayman. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are much quieter and nightlife is in oen or two resorts and very informal.
The Cayman Islands have rugged, unspoilt natural beauty. Colourful flora, exotic wildlife, tropical birds, beautiful coral reefs and a flourishing marine life. The islands have superb beaches, some busy with activities, others peaceful and secluded. These islands will appeal to nature lovers and divers looking for an off the beaten track holiday. Historic landmarks are scattered around the islands and many natures parks and trails offer a view of the islands’ natural beauty. The National Trust for the Cayman Islands protects and preserves the history, culture and nature of the islands.
The weather is always warm and sunny, with a cooling breeze that keeps you fresh and comfortable. Whatever kind of holiday you prefer, you can do it in comfort and enjoy it to the full. The air temperature 24°C (75°F) to 30°C (87°F). The rainy season – July to December – produces brief, tropical showers – then it’s warm and sunny again. There is little seasonal variation – so anytime, is a good time to go.
In 1503, Columbus came across the islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman and, because of the large population of tortoises, Columbus named the islands “Las Tortugas” (The Turtles). Sir Francis Drake subsequently named them ‘caiman’ from the native word for crocodiles, which became Cayman. A variety of settlers made their home on the islands, including pirates, refugees from the Spanish Inquisition, shipwrecked sailors and deserters from Oliver Cromwell’s army in Jamaica. The islands were a favourite haunt of pirates, and one of the most notorious pirates, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), spent some time on Cayman Brac. Spanish bullion has been recovered from the seabed around the islands. Isaac Bodden, the first recorded permanent inhabitant of the Cayman Islands, was born on Grand Cayman around 1661-1700. The Cayman Islands became a British Overseas Territory in 1962, one of the Greater Antilles islands.
Cayman Brac is 12 miles long and a little over a mile wide. ‘Brac’ is Gaelic for bluff, the island’s dominant feature, rising to 45 metres on the east coast and descending, with a sheer drop, into the sea. The people that live on the island – “brackers” – are extremely welcoming. Cayman Brac is known for its natural world and will appeal to nature lovers, with many opportunities to explore the island’s exotic flora, fauna, caves, historic sites and dramatic scenery. Ranked as one of the top 10 diving destinations worldwide, Cayman Brac has more than 38 sites – depends who you speak to – bit in any case, more than enough ! Walls, reefs and wrecks, very close to shore. One wreck, the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, is the only Russian Warship in the Western Hemisphere available for scuba diving – a great dive.
Little Cayman is the smallest, least developed of the islands – 10 miles long and a mile across – an untouched wilderness where iguanas and rare birds outnumber humans. This really is a “get-away-from-it-all” destination. With fewer than 150 residents Little Cayman is effectively uninhabited. The absence of any major tourism, has enabled the vegetation, wildlife, reefs and marine life to flourish. Booby Pond Nature Reserve is a haven for rare native plants and animals. This tiny island has superb, secluded beaches and ideal ocean conditions for swimming, diving and snorkelling. It has a fantastic diversity of marine life, wonderful coral gardens and colourful fish, on shallow reefs and breathtaking walls. Bloody Bay Marine Park is now widely recognised as one the world’s best snorkelling and diving sites.
Grand Cayman is the largest and busiest of the three islands, ideal for those who enjoy a more active holiday including a lively nightlife. An exciting choice of experiences and no shortage of attractions for visitors. Seven mile beach, named “The Caribbean’s Best Beach” by Caribbean Travel and Life, is on the west coast of Grand Cayman, close to George Town, the capital. This area is the focus for most of the nightlife and activities on the island. Outside George Town visitors will see the quieter side of the island which is 22 miles long around 4 miles across. Its most striking natural feature is the North Sound, a shallow reef-protected lagoon with an area of about 35 square miles. Visitors will enjoy the many natures parks and trails which offer a view of the island’s natural beauty. Grand Cayman has lots of wonderful beaches, not just the world-famous Seven Mile Beach, and many have water sports and activities. Historic landmarks can be seen at various points around the island. With over 159 dive sites and opportunities for all levels of divers to explore this exciting underwater world grand Cayman is a diving and snorkelling heaven. Superb wall dives, shallow coral reefs, wrecks, coral caverns, narrow canyons, tunnels and caves. Grand Cayman also has several shipwrecks off its shores, stunning sites for divers and snorkellers of all levels. From the buzz of George Town, to the quiet, undeveloped expanses of East End, Grand Cayman offers something for everyone.
The Caribbean Sea is famous for being deliciously warm, calm and clear, ideal for any of the huge number of water sports on offer, especially the diving and snorkelling. Divers and snorkellers will see nearly every kind of colourful coral, shipwrecks and a huge variety of marine creatures. The islands have numerous shipwrecks of varying ages and size, some clearly visible from the surface and close to shore. A special treat for divers and snorkellers. According to the late Jacques Cousteau some of the world’s best diving. There are opportunities for all levels of divers to explore this exciting underwater world. There are a lot of ocean/beach based activities for visitors to enjoy, glass bottom boat rides, semi-submersible rides, submarine trips, kayaking in the mangroves, sailing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Stingray City is a chance to swim with southern stingrays in shallow water – a great experience that all visitors can enjoy.
You can also enjoy a range of sports activities: bird watching, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, hiking, jeep safaris, horse riding, tennis etc. Carnivals, festivals, sailing regattas and fishing tournaments take place in the Cayman Islands throughout the year. With our help, you can enjoy the many places of interest and things to do, with no rush or fuss, in your own time and your own pace
We have visited and personally selected our accommodation on each of the Cayman Islands. We offer a choice of excellent accommodation on each island, hotel rooms, suites, apartments and studio apartments. Our holidays are designed for “independently minded” people and we prefer to offer smaller hotels with character and personal service. There is a range of board options available at hotels and resorts, while apartments and studios give you the freedom to self-cater, if you wish. Most of our accommodation will have restaurants nearby should self-catering lose its appeal. Some accommodation is on small resorts which have amenities like swimming pools, dive centres and a restaurant (or two) on site. These are very small resorts, nothing like the large European holiday resorts.
For many people our islands are “undiscovered” places – exciting new holiday destinations. We are a Caribbean holiday specialist with many years of experience and a wealth of local knowledge. Having enjoyed our recent visits to the Caymans, we can answer your questions from personal experience. We love talking about the islands and would be delighted to discuss your holiday plans. We offer a wide range of services to ensure you get the very best from your holiday. We are the preferred tour operator for many resorts and have the best air fares, prices and offers.
Cayman Brac Beach Resort is a special resort, with a very special location, on a private, soft sand beach, overlooking the bright blue Caribbean Sea, on the sheltered southwest coast of Cayman Brac. This is a genuine get-away-from-it-all, experience. Cayman Brac is a very quiet island and the resort is an idyllic spot in four and a half acres, surrounded by lush tropical gardens with sea grape trees and gently swaying coconut palms. The resort is typically Caribbean in style, colourful and charming, with only 40 nicely decorated beach view rooms, looking out over the impressive free form swimming pool to the Caribbean Sea beyond. This resort is family-owned and operated. This, and the resorts’ small size, means that guests receive a very high level of friendly, personal service. The recently renovated resort has good quality accommodation and the beach and ocean are just a few steps away from your room, you can completely relax and enjoy the ocean in peace and quiet.
Cayman Brac is very quiet and is not a major tourist destination, which is one of the reasons why you ought to go. There are few restaurants on the island, which is why the resort offers a variety of board options and packages, starting with half board. Cayman Brac resort is a dedicated divers’ resort, but non-divers have a lot of entertainment, amenities and facilities to enjoy – not forgetting that divers enjoy land activities too. The diving, along with the meal plan, is part of the itinerary. There is a price adjustment for non-divers. Cayman Brac has fantastic wreck, wall, and reef diving, the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts wreck is just a short boat ride away. Dive boat also make weekly trips to Little Cayman to dive the world famous Bloody Bay Wall. This, plus the resorts valet diving service will make this an unforgettable diving experience.
This quiet, but exciting island has a lot to offer visitors who want to explore its unspoilt natural world. The Brac has nature trails, caves, and activities like rock climbing to enjoy. Cayman Brac is ideal for nature lovers, divers, snorkellers and for people looking for just a hammock, a cocktail and a beach. This resort offers visitors, the chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the island, the serenity of the location and the ability to enjoy some of the best diving in the world.
Cayman Brac Beach Resort has 40 beach view rooms, in a two storey building, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and landscaped gardens.
The resort also has 3 wheelchair friendly rooms with roll-in showers, easy access to room and pool area.
Beach View Rooms are air conditioned with an attractive Caribbean decor, a ceiling fan, two double beds or one King-size bed (two of the rooms have 3 double beds), cable television, radio/alarm clock, free Wi-Fi, telephone, bathroom with shower, hair dryer, ironing facilities and a coffee maker. These rooms have a private balcony or terrace with magnificent views over the bright blue ocean.
The Palms Caribbean Restaurant serves all meals – an award winning restaurant and offers guests an excellent buffet menu of Caribbean and International dishes.
The Tipsy Turtle Pub – pool bar overlooking the beach, a wonderful place to socialise – also offers fast food dishes – burgers, fries and salads.
The resort also offers guests some less strenuous fun:
Cayman Brac is ranked as one of the top 10 diving destinations worldwide, and has something for everyone, from the most experienced diver to novices. Cayman Brac resort is ideally placed to take advantage of both north and south shore sites. Warm, clear water with a vibrant and colourful marine life, shallow reef dives, incredible wrecks and some of the world’s best wall dives. The resort has a valet diving service and a fleet of custom Newton-built dive boats. They will set up your dive gear, change tanks and rinse the heavy stuff at the end of the dive. They offer a full range of courses from introductory dives to Dive Master. Boats depart each morning at 8:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. We are happy to discuss and book all your diving requirements which are part of the holiday itinerary.
On a small island services like vehicle hire, diving, excursions etc., get booked up very quickly. It is important to book any services you may want to enjoy on you holiday, before your arrival on island. We can book a wide range of services for you, at prices lower than you would pay on island. This saves you money, ensures the service is available to you, avoiding possible disappointment. Those services then become part of your ATOL protected holiday.
In the north west Caribbean Sea, three peaks of a massive underwater mountain range, the Cayman Ridge, rise from the abyss and break the surface of the blue ocean to form Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
The Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean, over four miles deep, surrounds the islands. The Cayman’s dramatic drop-offs, coral reefs and diversity of marine life provide some of the most magnificent dive sites in the world.
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are 5 miles apart – 75 miles west of Grand Cayman. Caymanian society has a maritime heritage shipbuilders, fishermen, traders and pirates – Spanish bullion has been recovered from the seabed.
The Cayman Islands are the birthplace of recreational diving in the Caribbean and divers around the world recognise the Caymans as one of the world’s top dive destinations. The sheer number and variety of sites means there is something for every diver and snorkeller.
Everyone, even the most experienced divers, will find something on the islands to make their heart beat a little faster. The Caymans were described by the late Jacques Cousteau as some of the world’s best diving.
In 2017 Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Gold List gave 11 awards to the Cayman Islands – best in the world for underwater photography, technical diving and visibility. Several Cayman resorts we offer came in the top 20 of dive resorts in the world, some in the top 5 and 3 dive centres were among the world’s top dive operators.
The Caribbean Sea is famous for its warm, clear water and abundance of tropical marine species. Currents from the open ocean supply nutrients which support a healthy marine life including larger, ocean-roaming species. The islands are surrounded by fringing coral reefs in shallow water, close to shore, with caves, archways, canyons, tunnels, shipwrecks, magnificent walls and pinnacles. Cayman walls are spectacularly beautiful with brightly coloured corals, sponges and fascinating marine creatures. Deep water, close to shore, means that ocean roaming creatures come within sight, and sound, of divers and snorkellers. Keep an eye on the deep blue water for possible encounters with passing pelagics.
There are 325 wrecks in the ocean around the islands and several impressive wrecks, of varying ages and size, lie close to shore and are clearly visible from the surface. On our diving page there is a map with the dive sites listed. We will list the most popular sites, with other information, in our correspondence. The Cayman Islands give divers or all levels, and snorkellers, fantastic opportunities to see much more of the underwater world than they would be able to in other destinations. Hundreds of sites with amazing coral reefs, dramatic walls, shipwrecks, all close to shore, in shallow, warm, clear water with little or no current.
The islands have 365 excellent dive sites, under a permanent Public Mooring System, all within Marine Park Areas, part of a robust programme to protect the reefs and marine life. Diving is important to the islands and is very well organised. The dive centres and the government formed the Cayman Islands Water sports Operators Association which sets high standards for safety, operation and diving guides.
The crystal-clear water, said to be amongst the least polluted in the world, is always warm with little or no current – ideal for diving and snorkelling. Visibility is exceptional, 18-46 metres, and often better. There are no rivers to deposit sediment into the ocean and any sediment quickly descends into very deep water. The average water temperature is 26° to 28°C (78° to 82°F), divers should find a 3 mm shortie sufficient. The weather is always warm and sunny, the average air temperature is 29∞C, with a cooling breeze. The windy/rainy season is October to December. It rains in typical Caribbean style, short downpours, then back to the sunshine. On the south and west coasts there is little or no current. On the north and east coasts there may be a little more current. Should winds make one coast a little choppy – July to December for example – on small islands, boats can visit other coasts. It is very rare to lose a day due to the weather.
Photographers love the variety of features and marine life. The shallow water allows lots of natural light and the absence of serious currents makes the process a lot easier. There are many photographic specialists on island and some run photographic courses. There two decompression chambers in the Cayman Islands, in George Town, Grand Cayman, and Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac.
Each of the Cayman Islands give snorkellers, of all abilities, fantastic opportunities to see much more of the underwater world than they can in other destinations. Hundreds of sites – amazing coral reefs, dramatic walls, shipwrecks – close to shore, in shallow, warm, clear water and little or no current. Boat trips are the easiest way to get to the sites and will allow you to enjoy the dramatic views of wrecks, reefs and the Cayman walls while floating on the surface. You can take special snorkelling trips or join one of the many dive boats. You can snorkel from the beach from one of the many beautiful, quiet beaches around the islands.
You never know what you’ll see! Although there are no guarantees these waters are have a thriving marine life. You will see huge sponges and colourful coral formations, of course, and hopefully many of these: Turtles (everywhere), Spotted Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Tarpon, Silversides, French Angelfish, Southern Stingrays, Blue Tang, yellow Coney, Razor Fish, Nurse Sharks, Black Tip Sharks, Reef Sharks, the occasional Hammerhead, Sergeant Majors, Parrotfish, Damselfish, Triggerfish, and others too numerous to mention. At night the reef has a whole new cast of characters, Crabs, Lobsters, Shrimp, Octopuses, hunting Barracuda, Moray Eels. Coral blooms after dark, absorbing nutrients from the water a beautiful sight. The bioluminescence of many creatures, visible only at night, is a special experience. Nassau Groupers are making a welcome comeback in the Caymans. Little Cayman is home to one of the last great reproductive populations of this endangered species.
There will be a dive operator at your resort – or very close to your accommodation. These are very small islands and dive boats can get to any of the coasts easily. As the water gets very deep, very quickly, boats don’t have to go far – either out to sea – or around any of the islands. Dive operators on Brac and Little Cayman will visit sites on the “other” island as they are close to each other. Most boat journeys take between 10 and 30 minutes So no epic boat trips. The one we took was a pleasure – watching the flying fish and swooping gulls. Boats go out daily – usually 1 or 2 tank in the morning and a 1-tank in the afternoon. Nitrox is available. As the water is so clear, and there is so much to see in shallow water, most dive sites are excellent snorkelling sites too. Some dive centres offer shore diving and divers can swim out to buoyed markers at their location. Boats take very small groups, usually around 6 – 8 people – divers and snorkellers. At most sites there will be just you and a few (new) friends – very relaxed and comfortable.
We work closely with the dive centres on each of the Cayman Islands. They offer boat diving, guided dives, night dives, equipment for sale or hire and instruction courses for all levels, including complete beginners and youngsters. The Caribbean is a great place to take a referral or refresher course.
We are an experienced diving specialist travel company. We tailor-make holiday itineraries, which can include all your diving requirements, to ensure you get the best from your diving holiday. We know how the diving works and we have prices lower than you would pay on island. We will book all your diving requirements with our dive operator partner on island.
On small islands services like diving, instruction courses, excursions, vehicle hire etc., get booked up quickly. It is important to reserve any services you want for your holiday, before you arrive on the Cayman Islands. Booking with us will save you money and ensures those services are available to you when you arrive on island, avoiding any disappointment. Those services are then part of your ATOL protected holiday itinerary.
Grand Cayman is a fabulous, small island, with 159 dive sites, a great variety vertical walls, shallow coral reefs, fantastic shipwrecks, coral caverns and canyons, exciting tunnel & cave systems, most of which are very close to shore. The Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean at over four miles deep, surrounds the Cayman Islands and the vertical descents start around 100 metres from shore. The Cayman’s dramatic drop-offs, healthy coral reefs and huge diversity of marine life are undoubtedly some of the most magnificent dive sites in the world. But don’t take our word for it. The Caymans were described by the late Jacques Cousteau as some of the best diving in the world.
In 2017 Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Gold List gave 11 awards to the Cayman Islands. The Caymans were classed as the best in the world for underwater photography, technical diving and visibility. Several Cayman resorts we offer came in the top 20 of dive resorts in the world – some made the top 5 – and three dive centres were ranked among the world’s top dive operators. The Cayman Islands are the birthplace of recreational diving in the Caribbean. In 1957 scuba pioneer Bob Soto opened the first Grand Cayman dive shop and divers around the world now recognise the Caymans as one of the world’s top dive destinations. The sheer number and variety of sites means there is something for every diver and snorkeller, regardless of their ability. Everyone, including experienced divers, will be thrilled by the diving on Grand Cayman.
Grand Cayman is 22 miles long and 4-8 miles wide, the largest and busiest of the three islands. The capital Georgetown and the popular Seven Mile Beach are on the west coast, the focus for much of the nightlife and activities on Grand Cayman. Grand Cayman has a wide choice of activities for those who do not feel the urge to submerge. Most diving and snorkelling on Grand Cayman is along the sheltered west coast, close to Georgetown and Seven Mile beach. The easy ocean conditions and huge diversity of sites, including world famous sites like Trinity Caves, Big Tunnel and Orange Canyon, means there are lots of excellent dive sites in this area. The shore of Seven Mile Beach slopes to a sandy plateau dotted with coral heads. Walls begin at depths of 20 to 30 metres and drop to more than a mile. There are several wrecks very close to shore, such as the Oro Verde, Doc Polson and the 80 metres long USS Kittiwake – a stunning underwater experience for divers and snorkellers. The ship’s five decks are now home to a wonderful diversity of marine life.
The North side of the Island is considered by some to be the best of Cayman Diving. Grand Cayman’s dramatic North Wall drops 1,800 metres (6,000 feet) to the sea floor. A stunningly beautiful wall, healthy with corals and sponges, some spectacular photo opportunities. Eagle Rays swim along the wall and turtles are a common sight, along with the occasional Hammerhead or Reef Shark. There are extensive areas of concentrated coral heads in shallow water, home to a wide diversity of marine creatures. Just inside the reef of the north wall are areas where stingrays gather, like Stingray City or Stingray Sandbar. Stingrays were first drawn to this site when fisherman cleaned their catch. The stingrays are used to people and you can now dive or snorkel with them in just 4 metres of water, a perfect dive for beginners and a unique opportunity for divers and snorkellers to interact with these magnificent creatures.
The South coast of Grand Cayman has rugged spur and groove coral formations, carved by the pounding of the waves, with elkhorn & staghorn corals in just 5 to 8 metres of water, forming overhangs, ledges and tunnels. The astonishing maze of coral corridors are home to lobsters and Nurse sharks. The South Wall eventually drops 8,000 metres (26,000 feet) into the Cayman Trench. The east coast is the open ocean coast, spectacular walls and shallow reef dives, some accessible from the shore. This is the windward side of Grand Cayman and, although winds are generally light, the water can be a little choppier than other coasts. There are some excellent dives along this remote coast.
Grand Cayman is particularly good for families and groups of divers and non-divers. The relaxed and safe atmosphere enable you to enjoy the perfect weather in peace. The reef is close to shore, so if you are snorkelling (or diving) you are not away for long and never far from shore. Snorkelling in warm, shallow water is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful underwater world. Grand Cayman has many excellent, white sand beaches, with lots of water sports and many land-based activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Snorkellers will enjoy the easy conditions, warm clear water and the lack of currents along the west coast. There are many beautiful shallow reefs, close to shore, with a wonderful variety of colourful tropical creatures, clearly visible from the surface. There are lots of wrecks in shallow water, giving snorkellers a rare chance to see a variety of underwater monuments to the past. There are many guided snorkel trips and snorkellers are also welcome to join the dive boats.
The Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean, over four miles deep, surrounds the Cayman Islands and the vertical descents start around 100 metres from shore. In the warm, clear water there is a vibrant and colourful marine life, incredible wrecks to explore and some of the world’s best wall dives. The Cayman Islands are the birthplace of recreational diving in the Caribbean. In 1957 scuba pioneer Bob Soto opened the first Grand Cayman dive shop. Divers around the world now recognise the Caymans as one of the world’s top dive destinations.
Cayman Brac is 12 miles long, a little over a mile wide around 14 square miles. Very quiet above the waterline line and breathtakingly beautiful below it. ‘Brac’ is Gaelic for bluff, the Brac’s dominant feature, at 45 metres, the highest point in the Caymans. The 1,500 “brackers” that live on the island are extremely welcoming. The Brac is known for its natural world, incredibly lush with tropical flowers and wildlife and some superb, secluded beaches. A network of hiking trails takes you through the green forests, a chance to explore the hundreds of caves, see historic sites and some of the 200 species of tropical birds.
Ranked as one of the top 10 diving destinations worldwide, Cayman Brac has between 38 and 50 dive sites (it depends on who you speak to) – Whatever the actual number there are more than enough to keep ocean lovers happy. The Brac has a great variety of sites, shallow dives, fantastic wrecks, reefs and some of the best walls in the world. Something for everyone, experienced divers, novices and snorkellers. Most are towards the western end of the island and very close to shore.
The reef system is spur-and-groove, with the coral forming crevasses and swim-throughs. The corals are in excellent condition and large coral heads come close to the surface at sites like Buccaneer’s Inn and Helen’s Reef, giving divers and snorkellers a wonderful view of the reef and its creatures. The Brac walls start at around 15 metres down and are breathtaking, with coloured sponges and numerous marine creatures.
There are seven wrecks off Cayman Brac. The most famous is the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, around 200 metres from the north coast. This Russian frigate was intentionally sunk to form an artificial reef. This impressive, 100 metres long vessel lies in 9 to 28 metres of water. We can enthusiastically recommend this site. Excellent visibility and light currents make this an ideal opportunity for snorkellers, novices and advanced divers to enjoy a large wreck in shallow water. The drop off to the wall is just 30 metres from the wreck, dropping thousands of metres, giving divers a great choice of options, at the same site.
Cayman Brac’s north shore has small ‘barcaderes’—or boat slips – ideal for easy access onto the shallow fringing and barrier reefs, giving divers some shore diving opportunities. The south coast also has boat ramps and slipways for access to inshore reefs and the lagoon at the west end. Red stone markers show the way to the shore diving sites.
Other Cayman Brac wrecks: ‘Prince Frederick’ – a wooden vessel from the 1800s. ‘Kissimmee’ – a retired tugboat and the ‘Cayman Mariner’
The Cayman Trench, the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea, over four miles deep, surrounds the Cayman Islands and the vertical descents start around 100 metres from shore. The Cayman’s dramatic drop-offs, healthy coral reefs and huge diversity of marine life provide divers and snorkellers with breathtaking views of a colourful and exciting underwater world make these some of the most magnificent dive sites in the world. The Cayman Islands are where recreational diving in the Caribbean started. They are now known to be amongst the best dive destinations in the world. The sheer number and variety of sites means there is something for every diver and snorkeller, regardless of their ability. Diver or snorkeller, experience or novice, everyone will be captivated by the stunning diving and this wonderful small island.
Little Cayman is the least developed of the Caymans.
The hand painted sign at the small airport “Terminal A, Gate 1” is your first clue.
Little Cayman is ten miles long and one mile wide, an untouched tropical wilderness, with striking scenery, where iguanas and rare birds outnumber humans. With a population of fewer than 150 people, Little Cayman is effectively uninhabited. Little Cayman has few visitors and the wildlife, reefs and marine life have flourished undisturbed. This tiny island has superb beaches and ideal conditions for swimming, diving and snorkelling. Little Cayman has around 50 wonderful dive sites, with a fantastic diversity of marine life on pristine shallow reefs, breathtaking walls and colourful coral gardens. Crystal clear water with lots of natural light, ideal for photography. Dive sites are off the north or south coast, generally to the western end of the island and, on such a small island, easily accessible by boat.
Bloody Bay Wall, off the north coast, is one of the world’s top dive sites. The wall starts in just 6 metres of water, very close to shore, and the drop off descends a staggering 2000 metres to the seafloor. Bloody Bay wall is an unforgettable experience. There are numerous exciting dive sites along the wall. The wall is covered with brightly coloured coral and sponges, home to an amazing diversity, and quantity, of exciting tropical marine creatures. National Geographic photographer David Doubilet and underwater cinematographer Stan Waterman rate this as the best diving in the Caribbean. Few dive sites in the world offer such a rewarding and exciting dive experience as the sites along Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman, whether you are a novice or experienced diver.
Bloody Bay Marine Park was established in 1986 to protect the area and introduced permanent mooring buoys to protect the marine environment. The area was named after an incident when pirates and British government officials clashed.
The south coast has numerous dives sites with extensive coral reefs of spur-and-groove formations, starting in just 3 metres, slowly descending to 15 metres, leading to a deeper drop – into the Cayman Trench, so deep it’s effectively infinite. In the shallows you will see large, dense coral heads teeming with life and huge barrel sponges.
Like the other Cayman Islands, snorkelling can be done from nearly any beach on Little Cayman, but the best sites along the Bloody Bay Wall are best visited by boat. Little Cayman has one wreck, the Soto Trader, a 37 metres long freighter, still 90% intact. There a few more wrecks around Cayman Brac, close enough to be accessible. The most impressive is the Captain Keith Tibbetts, a Russian built frigate which was sunk off the Cayman Brac’s northwest coast.
With our help, you can enjoy places of interest and things to do, no fuss no rush, in your own time and your own pace. Grand Cayman has a wide choice of activities to enjoy, plus tours and excursions. Most of the island is undeveloped, unspoilt and very peaceful and the islands’ history and culture provide interesting sightseeing. You can enjoy a range of sports activities: bird watching, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, hiking, jeep safaris, horse riding, tennis etc. Lots of carnivals, festivals, sailing regattas and fishing tournaments take place throughout the year. Pirates Week is a big favourite, as is the Batabano Carnival, which draws thousands of residents and visitors out into the streets. A wonderfully colourful spectacle.
Grand Cayman has a very wide choice of ocean/beach based activities, glass bottom boat rides, semi-submersible rides, submarine trips, kayaking in the mangroves, sailing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Stingray City is a chance to encounter with southern stingrays in shallow water – a great experience that all visitors can enjoy. The Caribbean Sea is famous for being deliciously warm, calm and clear, ideal for any of the huge number of water sports on offer, especially the diving and snorkelling. Divers and snorkellers will see colourful coral, shipwrecks and a huge variety of marine creatures. The islands have a number of shipwrecks of varying ages and size, many clearly visible from the surface and close to shore. A special treat for divers and snorkellers. According to the late Jacques Cousteau some of the world’s best diving.
Most of the sports and activities are on Grand Cayman although the island also offers some wonderful wildlife to explore. The two smaller islands are much quieter, a delight for those who enjoy the natural world and peace and quiet. There are many ways to do this. The islands are fairly flat and so hiking or biking on one of the many nature trails is a great way to see many plants, animals and birds in their natural habitat. Visitors can enjoy the freedom of exploring the islands at their own pace. There are a variety of guided walking or motorised tours for various interests.
The National Trust for the Cayman Islands works hard to protect and preserve the history, culture and nature of the islands. Over 2,000 acres of dry forests and mangrove wetland are protected by the National Trust and a system of marine parks protect the ocean around the islands. There are innumerable tracks and trails, on each island, an ideal way to explore the unique flora and fauna, including the many nature reserves, wetlands and sanctuaries. Look out for the rare blue iguanas, four to five feet long with blue skin and red eyes. The Caymans are home to over 200 species of birds.
We have personally selected the accommodation offered on our site. We offer a wide choice of excellent accommodation on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, luxury hotel rooms, suites, apartments and studio apartments. Our holidays are designed for “independently minded” people and we prefer to offer smaller hotels and resorts with character and personal service. There is a range of board options available, while apartments and studios give you the freedom to self-cater, if you wish. There will be restaurants nearby should self-catering lose its appeal. Most accommodation is on small resorts which have amenities like swimming pools, dive centres and a restaurant (or two) on site. These are very small resorts, nothing like the large European holiday resorts.
The Caymans have been called the worldís friendliest country and visitors will feel welcome and safe. The island atmosphere is relaxed and carefree, there are no exclusive tourist areas. There are no special vaccinations required for the Caymans. The standard of healthcare is excellent and there are fully equipped hospitals on Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands Hospital, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital and Health City in East End. The Cayman Brac Faith Hospital serves the Brac and Little Cayman.
We are a Caribbean holiday specialist with many years of experience and a wealth of local knowledge. For many people our islands are “undiscovered” destinations – exciting new holiday destinations. We are regular visitors to the islands and can answer any questions from personal experience. We love talking about the islands and would be delighted to discuss any plans you have for a holiday in the Caribbean. Whatever your holiday preference, enjoying the fantastic weather or the activities on offer, our local knowledge and expertise enables us to advise you and tailor-make a holiday to your requirements and wishes. We offer a wide range of services to ensure you get the very best from your holiday. We are the preferred tour operator for many resorts and have the best air fares, prices and offers.
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