If the idea of a vacation this summer conjures up the magical images of beautiful islands, tropical warm water, and stunning beaches dotted with beautiful coconut trees, then why not head for the Cayman Islands located in the Caribbean Sea
. This trio of islands consisting of Grand Cayman, which is the main island and the sister islands Cayman Brac and Little Brac are a sheer paradise on earth. Located just 480 miles southwest of Miami and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica, you can easily connect to Grand Cayman, which is serviced by regular flights from countries such as the USA, Canada, and Britain.
Grand Cayman – An Abundance of Activities
Quite frankly, there are many things to do in Cayman. At Grand Cayman, you can literally immerse yourself exploring the abundant number of land based attractions such as Pedro St. James Castle, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Stingray City, Cayman Turtle Farm and the numerous wonderful beaches on the island. However, what many visitors and tourists miss out are the numerous opportunities to explore water based and underwater activities around the Cayman Islands.
Sting Ray City – Grand Cayman
Since the sea around Cayman remains fairly warm sans any currents throughout the year and provides an amazing view due to its crystal clear waters, water-based activities are extremely popular as well. As part of Cayman activities
, you can choose from amazing options such as boat and sailing trips, kayaking, fishing charters, kite boarding, paddle boarding, snorkelling, among others.
For example, adventurous individuals can hop onto an amphibious bus that takes them on a land cum sea adventure. With the help of underwater cameras on board, you can view the fabulous wonders of the underwater world around Cayman. Other traditional water-based activities here are glass bottom boat trips, fishing, kayaking, and kite surfing. However, for those who truly enjoy an underwater experience, there are more adventurous activities in Cayman such as scuba diving, snuba, snorkelling, and exploring the sea underwater in a real submarine.
Underwater Activities in Cayman
You can easily explore the wreck of the Cali using the SNUBA system. This process involves connecting a 20 feet air line to a standard scuba tank and requires swimming skills but not certification. Alternatively, why not go helmet diving and explore the wonderful sea floor amidst the amazing corals, brilliantly coloured schools of fish, and other marvellous marine life. Alternatively, if you want to avoid getting wet, take a tour on a glass bottom boat to explore the fascinating underwater world. Visit exotic destinations such as the wrecks of the Cali, Balboa, and Cheeseburger Reef.
Marine life – Cayman Islands
Also, the Cayman Islands boast of more than 365 dive sites that make the destination a diver’s paradise. Many diving sites are as little as five minutes by boat, giving divers a world-class diving experience. Besides the famed Kittiwake dive site, there are other dive sites such as Trinity Caves, North West Point, Big Tunnels, Sand Chute, Orange Canyon, Paradise Reef, La Mesa, Aquarium, Eagle Ray Pass, Gail’s Mountain, Princess Penny’s Pinnacle and many others.
If you are less adventurous or have children along with you on your Cayman Tour, you can board a Seaworld observatory to explore the sea floor. This semi-submarine does not descend below the surface and does not submerge or dive. Instead guests simply descent into the observatory and enter a wall-to-wall glass-viewing chamber that is five feet below the surface. From here, they can easily gaze at the teeming shallow reefs and shipwrecks.
Submarine Underwater Tour – Cayman Islands
Exploring in a Real Submarine
However, for the truly adventurous, no trip to the Cayman Islands is complete without exploring the underwater beauty around Cayman in a real submarine
. You get to see amazing Piscean life such as southern stingrays, yellow stingrays, triggerfish, Barracuda, Hog Fish, Snapper, grouper angel fish, garden eels, parrotfish, as well as sea turtles. On deeper dives, you can also come across Caribbean reef sharks along with nurse sharks surrounding them. You can also discover Eagle rays, squirrelfish and colourful wrasses on the sand bottoms. Also explore the wreck site of the USS Kittiwake in the Marine Park off Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.
The Cayman Islands are simply the most enthralling place in the Caribbean where you can enjoy a lot of fun activities that you can enjoy with your friends and family. However, an underwater experience is just what you might not want to miss while you are here. Just make sure that underwater excursions are on your Cayman Islands things to do list. So, enjoy in Cayman to your heart’s content. Good Luck!