Azure. Turquoise, Cerulean. Teal. Sapphire. Ultramarine. Cobalt. You kind of run out of names for the color blue when you visit the Cayman Islands. For above you is the intense blue sky, and all around are the inviting blue waters where you can swim, snorkel, surf, and dive, and generally let the worries of the world wash off you.
The sea will clearly be the focal point of your activities in the Cayman Islands and meeting its marine inhabitants will likely provide wonderful memories when you return home. It can be a personal handshake with the different species during a scuba dive or a hello by taking a daytime or nighttime submarine dive. The children will not be left behind ! You could also choose Seaworld observatory. It’s not for nothing that the Cayman Islands are renowned as THE destination for underwater travel.
It helps to know a little more about the diversity of marine life you will encounter in the sea off the Cayman Islands to better appreciate its beauty and further enrich your holiday.
The sea off the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman supports a vibrant and colorful marine life, with some 500 varieties of fish and other marine creatures. Stingrays at Stingray City, sponges and coral at the numerous reefs, octopuses and lobsters, moray eel and angelfish, and shrimp, lobsters and crab, all ready to pose for the perfect photograph for the family album. There are sea turtles, the Caribbean reef shark, eagle rays, wrasses, tarpon, barracuda, tiger groupers, and squirrelfish, and well, just too many to mention.
The sea turtles and the Cayman Islands have an old history. When the Cayman Islands were discovered way back in 1503, the waters were filled with sea turtles. Nowadays, the number has shrunk due to their hunting during the 1700-1900 and the most common variety of turtles to be found off the Cayman Islands these days are the Hawksbill, which grow to about 3 feet and 200 lbs.
Another interesting group of marine inhabitants off the islands are the Caribbean reef shark, which are excellent hunters and known for their swift bite that lasts just milliseconds.
And lastly the spotted eagle ray also need a separate mention as they are very commonly found around the cayman islands and grow up to 10 feet, plus their tail, which itself can be 6 feet long. They are social creatures and can be seen hanging out in groups of 5 to 8.
With at least a century old culture that is tuned into protecting the ecology of the sea, the reefs, and the shore, the people take pains to maintain the pristine beauty of the Cayman Islands.
So come, dive into the sea in a sub or with your scuba gear on, and explore the rich marine life of the Cayman Islands. It's time you fell in love with nature!