If you are planning to visit the Cayman Islands and are wondering what this relatively diminutive trio of islands in the Western Caribbean Islands could offer you, then you are probably mistaken. There’s a lot to do once you get to these tropical islands, which are gifted with nature’s bountiful beauty and are blessed with warm weather and sunshine all the year round. When it comes to the things to do in Cayman, apart from the many terrestrial activities once you land here, Grand Cayman – the main island, and its sister islands Cayman Brac and Little Cayman offer a load of fun water based activities for families as well as children that you will cherish and reminisce for an entire lifetime. You can easily include some of the following activities when touring with kids in Cayman. Let’s take a peek at some of these activities here:
Visiting the Sting Ray City can be an amazing Kids Activity in Cayman. Although the word ‘city’s is a bit misleading since the location is actually a series of shallow sand bars that are situated in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, you will find friendly Southern sting rays in abundance here. Since many years, these gentle flat creatures have congregated at this place to feed on the squid fed by local fishermen. This area is accessible via a short boat ride and you can easily interact with the sting rays here. This is a great experience for the entire family including small kids. According to folklore, kissing a sting ray can bring seven years of good luck. Swim and even snorkel in these shallow sandbars and remember to bring your underwater camera along!
Snorkelling is surely one of the Kids Fun Things to do in Cayman. The calm and crystal clear waters around Grand Cayman offer a wonderful snorkelling experience for your entire family. Since many of the snorkelling spots are easily accessible from the beach, you can easily access them even if you are a cruise ship visitor. For example, Eden Rock, which is one of the best snorkel spots in Grand Cayman, is just a 4 minute walk from the cruise ship terminals in George Town. You can easily view magnificent coral reefs and numerous colourful fish here. You can easily rent snorkelling and diving equipment from one of the several local dive shops located near Eden Rock.
A visit to the Turtle farm is definitely a must-do when it comes to Cayman activities. The Turtle Farm is home to around 11,000 green sea turtles and is a world-class research and educational facility. Historically, when Christopher Columbus sighted the Cayman Islands on May 10, 1503, he named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles swimming in the surrounding waters. However due to extensive hunting, their numbers had started declining rapidly. The Turtle Farm is a salt-water lagoon, where you and your family can swim and snorkel with fish and other marine creatures. In the predator tank you can see sharks and eels, while you can easily interact with crabs, starfish, and urchins at the touch pool.
In Cayman, various programs are offered where you and your kids can swim with the dolphins or encounter them in waist deep water. A free educational program is also available. These activities in Cayman will leave you surely mesmerized for a long time to come.
Those who want to explore the gorgeous underwater world around Cayman without getting wet, can undertake the glass bottom boat tours where they can visit the exotic locations such as the wrecks of Cali, Cheeseburger Reef, as well as the Balboa. This is a perfect tour for a family outing.
As part of yet another Cayman underwater tour, you can even board a real submarine to explore the sea around Cayman. This submarine has been specially designed for taking passengers on underwater sightseeing excursions. However, children should at least be three feet in height. The undersea excursion takes you along amazing barrel sponges and star corals in the midst of colourful fish and other marine life. You get the opportunity to see marine animals like green sea turtles, sharks, eels, spotted eagle rays, southern sting rays and others.
This is definitely not the end of your Cayman tours itinerary. There are many other water based fun activities that family as well as children can take part. Choose from activities such as boat tours of Cayman’s bioluminescent bay and other exotic tours such as mangrove boat tours, which are suitable for children of all ages. Other fun activities include jet skiing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, kayaking, and banana boating. Among all the things to do in Cayman, ensure that your family and children make the most of the wonderful tours and water based activities there. Best wishes for your visit to the Cayman Islands!