Welcome To The Cayman Islands

 

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 an ATOL licensed Caribbean holiday specialist with a wealth of local knowledge and many years’ experience. For many people our islands are “undiscovered” places – exciting new holiday destinations. Having enjoyed and experienced much of what each Cayman Island has to offer, we know the islands well. We can answer your questions from personal experience and tailor-make a holiday to your requirements and wishes. We enjoy talking about the islands and would be delighted to discuss any plans you have for a holiday in this special part of the world.

About The Caymans

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

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

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

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.

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

Cayman’s Natural World

The Cayman Islands are the peaks of mountains reaching up from the Cayman Trench – one of the deepest sections of ocean in the world. Hidden under the jagged crust of Grand Cayman’s East End and the craggy cliffs of the Bluff in Cayman Brac, lie beautiful mineral deposits of Caymanite, found only in the Cayman Islands. Caymanite has layers of colours, created by the different metallic contents of each strata. When cut and polished this beautiful stone is transformed into unique jewellery and carvings.

All three islands are largely undeveloped. Grand Cayman, the largest, is 22 miles long by 4 miles wide. Grand Caymans’ west coast is more heavily populated but most of the island is pristine, low-lying with wetlands filled with diverse bird and marine life. The best places to see the flora and fauna of Grand Cayman are the Botanic Park, the Mastic Trail and the Governor Gore’s Bird Sanctuary.

Cayman Brac is 12 miles long and a mile wide. Its terrain is the most spectacular of the three islands. The Brac reaches a height of 140 feet at the eastern end of the island, falling in a sheer cliff to the sea. Cayman Brac offers visitors dramatic scenery and exotic flora and fauna. The lush green forests on the island which are home to over 200 species of birds. The Brac is well known for its splendid parrot reserve, 180 acres dedicated to protecting the unique Cayman Brac Parrot. The bluff has many caves, home to impressive colonies of bats

Little Cayman is the least developed and smallest island – an untouched wilderness where the iguanas and rare birds outnumber humans. With a population of fewer than 170 people Little Cayman is effectively uninhabited, and the luxuriant vegetation and wildlife have flourished. Little Cayman lies five miles west of Cayman Brac and is ten miles long with an average width of just over a mile. The National Trust’s Booby Pond Nature Reserve is the largest breeding colony of Red-footed Boobies in the Western Hemisphere. A 200-acre site of international importance. 20,000 Boobies breed here, as does a large colony of magnificent frigates. The Trust’s viewing deck is equipped with telescopes.
All three islands are a delight for those who enjoy the natural world. 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, in sanctuaries, parks and reserves. A system of marine parks protects the ocean around the islands. Over the last two million years the islands were colonised by animals and plants from the neighbouring Greater Antilles, particularly Cuba and Jamaica, but also Central America and the eastern Caribbean. Many evolved into species and subspecies unique to the Cayman Islands. A hot, dry season followed by a wet season, with a constant warm air temperature, has also encouraged a fascinating diversity of flora and fauna.

Cayman Flora

Over 650 different species of plants have been recorded and the forests are more diverse than those found in more temperate northerly latitudes. The forests of Cayman once consisted of tall mahogany and logwood, but today the trees are of much smaller varieties: coconut, thatch palm, sea grape, almond and casuarina (Australian pine). Particularly striking are the variety of orchids growing on trees. The Wild Banana Orchid is a magnificent sight, an endemic species of orchid only found in the Cayman Islands. Breadfruit, papaya, avocado, citrus, mango and naseberry are the predominant fruit trees. Farms and gardens produce a variety of citrus fruits, bananas, plantains, mangoes, yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, cassava, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes, leafy vegetables and coconuts. The islands have extensive mangroves which play a vital role in the world’s ecosystem

Cayman Fauna

Turtles – were once the main inhabitants of the islands and the island were originally names after them, Las Tortugas. Over fishing has reduced their numbers dramatically but thanks to an enthusiastic conservation programme, hatchlings are released back into the sea each year. You should be able to see green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles in the sea around the islands. Hickatees – a fresh water turtle, found in the fresh water and brackish ponds around the islands. Agoutis – rabbit sized rodents inhabit forested areas and are rarely seen. Snakes – there are four species of snakes found on the island. All are harmless grass snakes and not a cause for concern. As they are hunted by the agoutis, they are quite rare. Bats – the only mammals native to the Cayman Islands. Nine species of bats have been found in the Cayman Islands, all of which are rare or very rare. They are vital in maintaining a balanced ecology and harmless to humans.Tree frogs – are common, and you will hear the frog chorus at night.

Iguanas

Three varieties of iguana inhabit the islands:
The Blue Iguana is a critically endangered species endemic to Grand Cayman. This dragon like lizard, with its red eyes, turns blue as it warms in the sun and can grow to five feet in length. In 2002 it was estimated that only a dozen of these iguanas remained. A breeding programme at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Gardens brings renewed hope for the species. Grand Cayman is the only natural home to these rare and beautiful reptiles. In the  Botanic Park on Grand Cayman, you can see blue iguanas roaming free on the trails.
The Common Green Iguana is an invasive species which has contributed to the decline of the Blue Iguana.
Sister Islands Rock Iguana. These iguanas are also protected species and their population on Cayman Brac has almost been wiped out. They appear to be thriving on Little Cayman, where there are around 2000 of them. Iguanas have right of way on the roads in Little Cayman.

The Mastic Trail
In the north of Grand Cayman is the famous Mastic Reserve one of the last areas of virgin woodland left on the island. This 500-acre reserve is famed for its rare, magnificent Mastic trees. Wild banana orchids cover the lower branches of the trees. You’ll also find Cayman parrots, woodpeckers, warblers, flycatchers, Caribbean doves, miniature tree boas, soldier crabs, agoutis, Cuban bullfrogs, large geckos and their smaller and more abundant cousins, the anole lizards.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is a 65-acre park with more than 40 per cent of the 674 species of plants native to the Cayman Islands as well as many native birds and other wildlife. The Botanic Park is wonderful Cayman attraction for the whole family where visitors will find the Floral Colour Garden, Heritage Garden, Orchids in the Park, Virtual Herbarium, a lake, the Woodland Trail, and the Blue Iguana Nature Reserve.

Mosquitoes
In 2016 genetically modified, non-biting, male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were released in West Bay. With approximately 22 million mosquitoes set for release, the GM mosquitoes is causing the overall population to decrease significantly.

Birds

The Cayman Islands have a total of 258 species, around 50 are resident species, the remainder being breeding migrants. Across the three islands there are also five seabird colonies and there are seven bird sanctuaries. Birdwatchers will find opportunities to observe many species of birds on all three islands. October/November is the migratory season when the greatest volume and variety of species pass through the Cayman Islands. Many are from the Eastern Flyway of the North American migration routes.
Parrots
The Grand Cayman Parrot, the national bird, and the Cayman Brac parrots are endemic to their respective islands and both are protected species. With iridescent green bodies and white eye patches, they are well camouflaged when sitting amongst foliage.
Some other species to look out for: the West Indian Whistling Duck, the Magnificent Frigate bird, Brown and Red Footed Boobies, West Indian woodpeckers, vitelline warblers (endemic to the Cayman Islands), stripe-headed tanagers, bananaquits, herons, egrets, Audubon’s shearwater, Bonaparte’s gulls, Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Belted kingfishers and the greater Antillean grackle.

Hiking Trails
Hiking is a great way to explore the wonders of the Cayman Islands. In Cayman Brac alone, there are 35 named and marked nature trails, including wetland trails, bird watching spots and historic landmarks. Walking and hiking trails have been opened by the Nature Tourism Programme giving visitors the opportunity to explore the islands’ unique flora and fauna. Ceramic signs at the hiking trail entrances are visible from the roadside, highlighting unique points of interest and level of difficulty. Many of the trails have boardwalks that allow you to walk through the forests with ease. For those trails that cross over the Bluff, there are stairways that make the climb a little easier. There are numerous organised tours, by various means of transport, guided and unguided, on well-marked trails to take visitors into the natural habitats that exist on the islands.

The Ocean

Each of the Cayman Islands has an exciting natural world in the ocean that surrounds them. Dramatic underwater cliffs, peaks, coral reefs and a diverse marine life make these some of the most breathtakingly beautiful coastal waters in the world. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its warm, clear water and abundance of tropical marine species. Currents from the open ocean bring nutrients which support a healthy marine life including larger, ocean-roaming species. Deep water, close to shore, means that ocean roaming creatures come within sight, and sound, of divers and snorkellers.

The ocean is always warm and on northern and western coasts there is little or no current – ideal conditions for anyone wanting to enjoy the ocean.

The crystal-clear water is said to be amongst the least polluted in the world. There are no rivers to deposit sediment into the ocean and any sediment quickly descends into very deep water. Underwater visibility is exceptional.

The islands are surrounded by fringing coral reefs close to shore, with caves, archways, canyons, tunnels, magnificent walls and pinnacles. The Cayman walls – sheer, underwater cliff faces – are spectacularly beautiful with brightly coloured corals, sponges and fascinating marine creatures.

The shallower reefs are generally spur and groove coral formations, carved by the pounding of the waves, forming an astonishing maze of coral corridors with fields of soft corals and fans. There are extensive areas of concentrated coral heads in shallow water, home to a wide diversity of marine creatures. There are 325 wrecks in the ocean around the islands and several impressive wrecks, of varying ages and size, lie close to shore, in shallow water. Snorkellers have a rare chance to see a variety of these interesting underwater monuments to the past.

The National Trust and Marine Parks protect the natural world. Over 2,000 acres of dry forests, mangrove wetland and coral reefs are legally protected. The Marine Parks are part of a programme to protect the reefs and marine life.

Just inside the reef of the north wall of Grand Cayman 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, swim or snorkel with them in just 4 metres of water. A wonderful opportunity to interact with these magnificent creatures.

Each of the Cayman Islands has fantastic opportunities to see much more of the underwater world than is possible in other parts of the world. Organised boat trips are an easy way to get to the most interesting spots, to enjoy the dramatic views of wrecks, reefs and the Cayman walls. You can also snorkel from any one of the many beautiful, quiet beaches around the islands. There are many beautiful shallow reefs, close to shore, with a wonderful variety of colourful tropical creatures, clearly visible from the surface. Photographers love the variety of features and marine life. The shallow water allows lots of natural light and the absence of serious currents makes life a lot easier.

Grand Cayman is great for families and groups of divers and non-divers. The relaxed, safe atmosphere lets you enjoy the perfect weather in peace. The reef is close to shore. If you are snorkelling or diving you are not away for long. Snorkelling in warm, shallow water is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful underwater world.

The Caymans were described by Jacques Cousteau as some of the world’s best diving.

FROM £2295 PP incl. flights, transfers, daily 2 tank boat dives, 7 nights HB

LITTLE CAYMAN BEACH RESORT

Little Cayman Beach Resort is situated in paradise – more precisely on a white sand, private beach on the south shore of Little Cayman, bordered by the South Hole Sound, a turquoise lagoon protected by the reef. This excellent, informal divers’ resort is in Blossom Village, less than a mile from the airport, at the western end of the island, the first area of the island resettled in 1833 after Spanish privateers (pirates) ejected the turtle fishermen who’d settled there. The resort is small, with a total of 40 air conditioned, spacious rooms, in two storey, palm-tree height buildings, surrounded by lush tropical foliage. The rooms are furnished in tropical colours with Caribbean themed artwork, recently refitted bathrooms, fixtures and flooring. The resort has a fully equipped dive centre, a swimming pool, an open air bar and restaurant. It also has various guest facilities, like an impressive spa, tennis courts, bikes for hire etc. It’s a short walk from Booby Pond, home to nearly 100 species of shore birds, sea birds, waders and birds of prey which can be enjoyed from an elevated observation platform.

Little Cayman Beach Resort has been designed to cater for divers, and snorkellers to provide the creature comforts needed after a day enjoying the amazing reefs and walls of Little Cayman. The resort’s location makes it ideal for getting to the many dive sites on the north and south coast. The excellent resort has a friendly, informal atmosphere while providing guests with a very high degree of personal service. The island is a peaceful oasis, ideal for divers and snorkellers seeking a genuine get-away-from-it-all experience.

Accommodation

Pool View Rooms have two double beds or one King size bed, air conditioning, personal safe, complimentary Wi-Fi, a ceiling fan, flat screen television, DVD player, refrigerator, coffee maker, drink station, private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and deluxe bath amenity package. Suitable for up to four guests. These rooms are around the swimming pool.

Ocean Front Rooms have two double beds or a King size bed, air conditioning, ceiling fan, seating area with couch and table, personal safe, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen television, DVD player, microwave, wet bar, refrigerator, coffee maker, drink station, private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and deluxe bath amenity package. Suitable for up to four guests. The rooms are a little larger than the pool view rooms. They have a balcony or patio, with sun loungers and yes, you guessed, a spectacular view over the ocean.

  • Various meal plans are on offer.
  • Irons and ironing boards are available upon request.
  • Housekeeping service is provided daily.
  • The resort is smoke-free.

Restaurant

The Bird of Paradise prepares all meals, local specialities, Creole delicacies, international dishes and vegetarian meals. Guests can dine in the air-conditioned diving room or al fresco on the patio with wonderful views of the ocean. Dining hours are tailored to dive schedules, including extended hours to accommodate night dives.

Beach Nuts Bar is at the heart of the resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea – serves bar snacks and a range of local and imported beers and spirits. Manager’s Rum Punch each week, karaoke, trivia and theme nights. Guests can contribute their driftwood-made work of art, to the bar’s extensive, growing, collection.

Cayman Islands Spa – offers a huge range of treatments and therapies for all guests  facials – massage, toning, wrap treatments etc.

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Dive Services
  • Bicycles for Guests to Use
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach and pool sun loungers
  • Beach Towels
  • Activity Center
  • Water sports
  • Resort Activities
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports

The South Sound offers protected shallow waters for enjoying kayaking and paddle boarding all of which are available for hire.

Diving

We work closely with the dive centre on the resort, which has everything divers and snorkellers need. A full range of equipment for sale or hire and instruction courses for all levels, including complete beginners and youngsters. The dive centre takes care of loading your dive gear on the boat and they’ll rinse, dry, and store it, so you’re ready to go for your next day’s diving. The diving is usually current-free, ideal for new divers, divers who want to move at their own pace and photographers who like to sit and wait. Boats can access Little Cayman’s and Cayman Brac’s best walls, reefs and wrecks. The custom dive boats are particularly well equipped and take small groups of divers and snorkellers, usually around 8 people, to the sites 2 or 3 times per day. Guided dives and night dives are available. It is important to book your diving before you arrive on island. We would be delighted to discuss your diving requirements. We can book all your diving as part of your ATOL protected holiday.

On small islands services get booked up quickly. It is important to reserve any services you may want to enjoy on island. We can book a wide range of services for you, at prices lower than you would pay on island. That saves you money and ensures the service is available to you on island when you arrive. Avoiding any possible disappointment. Those services then become part of your ATOL protected holiday.

Diving On The Cayman Islands

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.

Conditions

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.

Marine Life

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.

How It Works

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 Know How It Works

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

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.

Cayman Brac

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’

Little Cayman

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.

The Ocean

In the north west Caribbean Sea, three peaks of a massive underwater mountain range, the Cayman Ridge, rise from the deep blue and break the surface to form the three Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The Cayman Trench is over four miles deep and surrounds the islands, close to shore. The sheer cliff faces of these peaks – the walls – are beautiful examples of nature’s magnificent majesty. The ocean conditions, both climatic and geographic, provide a variety of habitats which produces an exciting underwater world. Striking coral reefs, vibrant sponges and a huge diversity of creatures, from colourful reef dwellers to the large, ocean roaming species.

The warm, crystal-clear water is said to be the least polluted in the world. There are no rivers to deposit sediment into the ocean and any impurities quickly descend into very deep water.
The water clarity is exceptional with visibility often in excess of 40 metres.

The Cayman Islands protect their natural world. Over 2,000 acres of forests, mangrove wetland and coral reefs are legally protected. The Marine Park Areas are part of a robust programme to protect the reefs and marine life.

The Reefs

The islands are surrounded by fringing coral reefs close to shore, with caves, archways, canyons, tunnels, magnificent walls and pinnacles. The walls around each island descend quickly to unimaginable depths, spectacularly beautiful with brightly coloured corals and sponges. These walls enable larger creatures to come closer to shore. Eagle Rays glide along the wall and turtles are a common sight, along with the occasional Hammerhead or Reef Shark.

Reefs are spur-and-groove coral formations and start in shallow water, around 3metres deep, slowly descending to 15 metres, eventually leading to the deep drop. In the shallows you will see extensive areas of concentrated coral heads, close to the surface, giving you a wonderful view of the reef and its creatures. SPS and gorgonian corals dominate the reefs with few LPS corals like artichoke coral. You’ll see many different types of coral, including various types of brain coral, star and finger corals.

Elkhorn Coral has been the dominant, reef building species across the Caribbean. A decline over the last 25 years now means Elkhorn and Staghorn coral are rare in many parts of the Caribbean. But a general recovery seems to be under way and in areas like the East End of Grand Cayman, these two species are doing well. Elkhorn coral gardens are important
for reef building and as a barrier against wave action on the coastline.

Sponge growth is very healthy with extravagantly coloured and shaped tube, vase, barrel and rope sponges. Look out for clusters of yellow tube sponges. These primitive animals are specialists at straining small particles from the water. Their elaborate shapes act like chimneys to suck water through the sponge. Hawksbill turtles are one of their few predators and help stop the coral being swamped by the sponges. Sponges are a treasure trove of chemicals, and many compounds are extracted for pharmaceutical uses.

Best Of Both Worlds

Like many Caribbean islands, one side of the islands face the Caribbean Sea and the other the open ocean. The Caribbean Sea is famous for its abundance of tropical marine species while currents from the open ocean bring nutrients which support larger, ocean-roaming species.

The north and west coasts are the more sheltered coasts with easy conditions for everyone wanting to enjoy the ocean. The shores of Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman are typical, sloping to a sandy plateau dotted with coral heads and a huge diversity of sites, including world famous ones like Trinity Caves, Big Tunnel, Orange Canyon and several wrecks. Walls begin at depths of 20 to 30 metres and drop to more than a mile.

The south and east coasts are the ocean facing coasts but with the same spectacular walls and dramatic spur and groove coral formations, carved by the waves, often in shallow water. The reefs form overhangs, ledges and tunnels an astonishing maze of coral corridors. The areas between the vertical walls and shallow reefs are resplendent with fields of soft corals and fans. On these coasts you are likely to spot Caribbean Reef Sharks, a streamlined, superbly adapted marine hunter, armed with sharp senses to detect prey.

Around each of the islands you can expect to see: turtles, southern stingrays, conch, garden eels, razor fish, nurse sharks, black tip sharks, reef sharks, the occasional hammerhead, eagle rays, manta rays, squirrelfish, blennies, gobies sergeant majors, parrotfish, damselfish, grunts, blue chromis, barracuda, queen angelfish, horse-eye jacks, triggerfish, black durgeon tarpon, silversides, French angelfish, blue tang, yellow coney 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.

Wrecks

There are 325 wrecks in the ocean around the islands, of varying ages and size, many close to shore like 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. Cayman Brac has seven wrecks including the Prince Frederick – a wooden vessel from the 1800s, the Kissimmee – a retired tugboat and the ‘Cayman Mariner’. The most famous is the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, around 200 metres from the north coast, intentionally sunk to form an artificial reef. This impressive, 100 metres long, intact vessel lies in shallow water, clearly visible from the surface. Little Cayman has one wreck, the Soto Trader, a 37 metres long freighter, still 90% intact.

Stingray City is on the Grand Cayman north wall. In 4 metres of water you will have the opportunity to interact with Southern Stingrays which were first drawn to this site when fisherman cleaned their catch. The dive master, as part of an organised programme, will feed these giants who will swim around you.

Some Key Characters

Sea Turtles – when Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands he named them Las Tortugas (The Turtles) due to the large number of turtles. The national flag features a Green Turtle. The most common is the Hawksbill, one of the smaller marine turtles which grow to about 3ft and can live for up to 50 years.
Spotted Eagle Rays – up to 10 feet across and 8 feet long, glide effortlessly around the reefs and walls. These elegant creatures are a regular sight throughout the year, often in groups of 2 to 5, and sometimes in large group of 30 or more. These impressive creatures are remarkably shy.
Nassau Groupers – are making a welcome recovery from dangerously low numbers. Groupers migrate over huge distances, one is known to have travelled 240 km (150 miles) to spawn. Nassau Grouper spawning is closely studied on Little Cayman and East End on Grand Cayman is a traditional spawning site.
Tarpon – fierce looking fish, with massive mouths and silvery scales, are regularly seen hunting in the ocean around the islands. At low tide in the shallows, vegetation can use up much of the oxygen in the water, making fish sleepy. Tarpon can swallow air at the surface giving them the boost to catch their slow-moving prey.
Caribbean Reef Squid & Octopuses – these two related species are intelligent creatures and can instantly change shape and colour, making them perhaps the most interesting of marine animals. They are a common sight around the islands and you may see large schools of juveniles, close to shore. Both species are active at night, so that’s a good time to spot them.

Divers and snorkellers will enjoy the easy conditions, warm clear water and the many beautiful shallow reefs, close to shore, with a wonderful variety of colourful tropical creatures. There are many guided snorkel trips and snorkellers are welcome to join the dive boats. The Caymans were described by the late Jacques Cousteau as some of the world’s best diving and Scuba Diving magazine awarded the Caymans the best in the world for underwater photography. 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.

Things To Do

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.

OCEAN

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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