Cayman Islands - "Top Side" Activities and Adventures
Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in the Cayman Islands. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.
For the past 19 years, the submarines of Atlantis Adventures have been taking visitors to explore the most incredible marine habitat on the planet. The Atlantis fleet has grown over the years and now comprises the 48 passenger Atlantis XI Submarine, two deep diving research submarines, the Deep Explorers, and two semi-submarines, the Seaworld Explorers. These unique vessels cover the full underwater experience from the teeming shallow reefs and shipwrecks of George Town Harbour, to the coral canyons at 100 feet, all the way down the Cayman Wall to 1000 feet. These adventures are available to virtually everyone, all in air-conditioned comfort; no pressure effects on ears and you don’t even get wet.
BRAC PARROT RESERVE:
- The Brac Parrot Reserve is dominated by pristine, ancient woodlands on a very rough and rocky terrain. A great diversity of native trees, including species not present on Grand Cayman or Little Cayman, support breeding woodland birds such as the Red-legged Thrush, White crowned Pigeon ("Bald Pate")and Black-whiskered Vireo. Parrots are often seen and heard around the Reserve, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. In the winter months, the Reserve is filled with neotropical migrant songbirds, escaping cold northern climates. For more information contact the Cayman Brac District of the National Trust. The reserve is easily accessible with easily walkable trails and a raised boardwalk through the forest.
- A visit to Grand Cayman's Butterfly Farm is an unforgettable encounter with nature in all its beauty and diversity. Step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies from around the globe and prepare to meet some of the world's most colorful creatures. Observe the life cycle of these fascinating animals from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Tour Guides will entertain you with commentary on butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Arrive early and witness new butterflies emerging from the chrysalis and taking their first flight. The Butterfly Farm is a rare opportunity for photography and a sure delight for visitors of all ages.
CATHY CHURCH UNDERWATER PHOTO CENTRE AND GALLERY:
- Best duty free prices on digital cameras, with expert friendly help. Gallery of beautiful underwater images. World's best underwater photography instruction, located at Sunset House Resort. Underwater photography services: weddings, private video or still photos taken while you dive.
- Over the past 200 years the residents of Cayman Brac have sought shelter in these caves through some rare but severe storms that have crossed the islands. The caves also serve as home to a unique group of plant and animal inhabitants including small bats that feed on the insects.
Peter's Cave offers a spectacular view overlooking the South Side bluffs.
- The Great Cave is an amazing formation of stalagmites and stalactites near the old Lighthouse out by the bluffs.
- The Bat's Cave, which is a well-lit, large cave where you may see some small bats "hanging out" in plain view.
CAYMAN ISLANDS HELICOPTERS:
- Cayman Islands Helicopters provides many different tours by helicopter. A guest can also rent the helicopter for charter, pictures or movies....one of its kind!
CAYMAN ISLANDS NATIONAL MUSEUM:
- The Cayman Islands National Museum is dedicated to the preservation, research and dissemination of all aspects of the Caymanian heritage for present and future generations. In 1990, after years of planning, artifact conservation, and exhibit design, the Cayman Islands National Museum opened to the public in the Old Courts Building. The Museum can trace its roots to the 1930's when Mr. Ira Thompson began collecting Caymanian artifacts as a hobby. In 1979, the government purchased Mr. Ira's collection which became the nucleus of the National Museum collection. Today, the Museum's collection contains over 4,000 items ranging from tiny coins to a 14 foot catboat; natural history specimens to rare documents. Established as a place of learning and enjoyment, the Museum provides residents and visitors with a rich understanding of the Caymanian heritage through its exhibits and special activities.
CAYMAN ISLANDS TURTLE FARM:
- Enjoy an educational visit at the world's only commercial sea turtle farm. See thousands of turtles from 6oz to 600lbs. For a great picture hold one of the smaller turtles. Visit our flora and fauna Exhibit. See flora and fauna native to the Islands. Crocodiles, agoutis, iguanas, fresh water turtles and Cayman's native parrot are all on display.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS GARDENS:
- Located on the majestic Bluff the park was the vision of the Cayman Brac Quincentennial Committee and is the home of the Wall of Honour which lists 500 names of past and present prominent people in the community “who contributes significantly to the development of the Sister Islands over the past 500 years” and a relief of Christopher Columbus. There are also several boardwalks and a gazebo constructed to fit in with the natural surrounding environment. The beautiful flora adds a special touch to this magnificent location.
LITTLE CAYMAN MUSEUM:
- Come step back in time as you learn about the work, hobbies, and the life of the people who lived on Little Cayman so many years ago. Private viewings can be arranged by the Little Cayman Beach Resort for groups or V.I.P.s.
- Protected by the National Trust, the Mastic Reserve on Grand Cayman is the largest contiguous area of untouched, old growth dry forest remaining on the island. This area and other similar expanses of forest in Cayman are of international significance, as they are among the last remaining examples of the Caribbean's dry, subtropical forest. Which was the target of particularly intense deforestation throughout the West Indies. The area is home to a wide variety of animals and plants unique to the Cayman Islands, and also to large populations of trees which have vanished from more accessible places through logging in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The Mastic Trail is part of an old trail whose origins were lost in time, but we do know that at least 100 years ago William Steven Watler and his contemporaries completed a causeway of mahogany logs and beach rocks to assist passage across a deep mangrove wetland at the southern end of the trail. For a while the trail was a major thoroughfare, but later as the coastal roads and the modern Frank Sound Road were established and upgraded, the trail fell into disuse and became overgrown.
The Mastic Trail is two miles long and the guided walk takes approximately two and a half to three hours. Walkers get the chance to experience a fascinating exploration deep into Cayman's wild interior, in an area where the woodland has been evolving undisturbed for the last two million years. Special tours for small school groups and other local organizations are also available by prior arrangement.
- The Seaworld Explorer semi-submarines are incredible floating observatories. Just a few steps inside and you are in a wall to wall glass viewing chamber five feet beneath the sea. On this wonderful hour-long adventure you explore historic shipwrecks, marvel at the vivid colors of the living reef and seeing a stunning multitude of tropical fish. The highlight is when your marine guides dons scuba gear and jumps into a swirling frenzy of multi-colored fish, bringing them right to your window. Great fun for the whole family.
- One of the largest tourist attractions in the world, Stingray City is in 12 feet of water and mainly, but not exclusively, visited by scuba divers. The site was first noticed about ten years ago, when North Sound fishermen came to the calmer, shallower waters just over the reef to clean their fish. Soon they noticed stingrays, scavengers by nature, hanging around the boats inhaling any leftovers they could get their suckers on. Next, some particularly brave dive masters got in the water to hand-feed them, and before long the stingrays had become tame, almost pet-like.
Today, you can swim under, over, and along with the rays. Their favorite food is squid, which you can feed them by hand. At Stingray sandbar, which is only waist deep, you can use a mask and snorkel and watch the rays swarm around you, brushing their velvety bellies against your hands and feet. Don't worry: this is the rays' way of begging for food. The rays have no teeth, but use a powerful sucking motion to draw in their food. Some are big, nearly six-feet in diameter. Their only means of defense is a barbed, venomous tail. As long as you don't lift the rays out of the water and treat them with the respect they deserve, you'll have a wonderful experience.
RED-FOOTED BOOBY BIRD NATURE RESERVE:
- 206 acre UNESCO designated Nature Reserve site for Red-footed Booby birds, the largest colony in the Western hemisphere. Home also to the ancient Frigate bird, Egrets, Herons, West Indian Whistling Duck, Black-necked Stilts. Cayman style visitor center with observation decks has 3 telescopes for visitor viewing of birds.
Visual Tour: Cayman Island