Liveaboards – Cayman Aggressor V

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Cayman Aggressor V

Cayman Islands

Travel tips to Cayman Islands

 

The Cayman Islands is one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. The water is crystal clear, warm and has the most beautiful turquoise color.  Scuba divers will explore the walls and shipwrecks of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac (weather permitting).

The Cayman Islands is a British Crown Colony which lies 480 miles south of Miami, nestled in the turquoise waters of the western Caribbean.

Diving Details:

  • Sharks, Turtles, Stingrays, Eagle Rays, Wrecks, Lobster, walls and reefs with abundant marine life
  • All dives from yacht.
  • Water temperature:
  • 78 – 82F, 25 – 28C
  • 3mm wetsuit recommended
  • 7-night charters: up to 27 dives
  • 10-night charters: up to 42 dives

The Yacht:

Port: George Town, Grand Cayman

The Cayman Aggressor V is built and maintained to the specifications of the local regulatory agencies and the regulations of the country of the flag.

  • Length: 120 ft.
  • Beam: 25
  • Passengers: 20
  • Staff: 7
  • Saturday to Saturday trips
  • Boarding: Saturday 3 p.m.
  • Check out: Saturday 8 a.m.

The Cayman Islands has been an Aggressor destination since 1984.

The Cayman Aggressor V is a 120’ yacht with a wide beam. Built and powered for comfort, safety and stability, she is diesel-powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power onboard. Accommodations include two balcony suites, five Deluxe staterooms, each having two single beds or a king, and three twin staterooms each with two single beds, all side by side. All staterooms have climate controls, TV’s and private bathrooms.

 The Cayman Aggressor V sleeps 20 guests in privacy and comfort. She features a roomy, air conditioned salon and dining area, sun deck complete with a hot tub, lounge and deck chairs, stereo and CD player (has an iPod plug-in), shaded wet bar and grill, a complete photo center with a digital video and still photo editing computer.  Diving amenities include Nitrox (unlimited Nitrox is $100 per week or $150 for 10 night trips), camera table with low-pressure air hoses, and two hot, freshwater showers.  The Cayman Aggressor V staterooms each have a safe aboard to store valuables such as passports, cash, credit cards or anything else you would like to store. The yacht is not responsible any lost, damaged or stolen items. We highly recommend extreme caution and care be taken if you plan to travel onboard with electronic equipment. This equipment should always be stowed after use to avoid the risk of damage.

All staterooms are air-conditioned and fitted with private toilets, showers and sinks. Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant meal at dinner with tableside service are served in addition to fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. The yacht is equipped with hairdryers in each stateroom.  Linens are changed mid-week upon request and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed. Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included.

Food:

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. If you have any special dietary requirements, please be sure these are noted when completing the GIS. You will awaken to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Chef prepared dinners are seated and served each evening including salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Once onboard, please speak to the chef about any special needs. Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.

Beverages:

The Aggressor’s selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary. Due to the high duty charged on liquor, we suggest you bring your special brand from the U.S. or last duty free point. Due to local regulations; the bar will be closed while the boat is in port. Drinking and diving do not mix. Once you consume alcohol, you become a sunbather until the next day.

Packing:

Please plan to travel light, as on all liveaboard dive yachts, space is limited. We recommend that you pack your gear in soft luggage such as a duffel bag for easy stowage and to add to your comfort in your cabin. Clothing should be lightweight, comfortable sportswear; sunscreen and swimsuits are a must. A light sweater or jacket is ideal for evenings. Dress is always casual and informal. Additional items you may want to bring are sunglasses and walking shoes for your time on shore.

Entertainment:

There is a variety of nightly entertainment, including diving, fish identification presentations, movies, games and more. If you have a favorite movie, digital presentation or a video to share, we encourage you to bring it along. The staff especially loves new releases of DVD’s, movies, recent magazines and books.  A small library of books for exchange is maintained onboard as well as fish identification books for reference.

Diving Conditions:

You will be diving in water that averages 82°F in the summer months and approximately 78°F in the winter months. Most guests make as many as 5 dives each day, so some sort of protection is needed. A 1-3mm wetsuit or shorty is recommended year round, however some people prefer a 5mm in January/February.  All diving is from the mother ship.

Diving:

The staff of the Cayman Aggressor V, with their unique combination of talents, offers the ultimate service. While onboard, you may pick a buddy of your choice, or dive with one of the staff members.  The yacht offers up to five dives per day (2 on the last day) including night dives.   The Cayman Aggressor V provides 80 cubic ft. tanks, weight belts and weights.  The stern and platform area is very spacious. The boarding ladders were designed for convenience to allow divers easy entries and exits. Enjoy freshwater showers on the back deck after your dives and dry off with a warm towel. All diving onboard the Cayman Aggressor V should be within the limits and standards of the training agency that certified you. All dives should be planned no decompression dives.

Diving Supervision:

You’ve chosen a Liveaboard vacation for the diving freedom that it offers.   While in the water, you and your buddy are in charge.  Every dive starts with a dive briefing from the yacht staff. However, as a certified diver, you and your buddy are responsible for planning and conducting your own dives within the limitations set forth by the briefing.   The staff will be on the dive deck providing surface support for divers.  They will also have staff in the water offering support, u/w photography and videography, and critter spotting services as well.   On some dive sites a staff member will offer to lead a group and assist them in locating specific points of interest.   However, the yacht does not offer direct supervision of dives.  If you start out with a group, as long as you and your buddy remain in contact with each other and are ok – you may follow your own dive plan.  Divers who desire more personal attention and structured/supervised dives should consider taking one of the yachts numerous specialty courses.   An underlying skill featured in all of specialty training is planning, executing, and debriefing after your dive in order to build a more confident diver.

Dive Gear Suggestions:

We suggest you pack the following: mask, fins, snorkel, regulator with pressure gauge, depth gauge, buoyancy compensator, dive computer, dive light, mirror, safety sausage, Dive Alert and/or other safety devices. Dive computers are mandatory for each guest. Each piece of gear should be marked with waterproof paint or tape.

Top Dive Sites-Cayman Islands:

3 Fathom Wall (Mixing Bowl)

This is the crossroads of Bloody Bay Wall. Here, the “shear” wall, meets the “gentle slope”. This site offers more fish than any site in Little Cayman. Schools of Bermuda chub, 3-spotted goatfish, snappers and grouper of all sorts can be identified here. The rubble of the shallows is home to an array of creatures, including the timid yellowhead jawfish. If you are more adventurous, make a cut through the coral fingers and end up on the wall (there are several passages covered over by coral formations). Lobster are frequently seen on the wall area. Turtle, spotted eagle rays and an occasional reef shark or nurse shark can be spotted at any time.

Angelfish Reef

Coral fingers, and small coral heads make this sight truly enjoyable for night diving as well as a day dive.

Balboa (wreck)

Located in only 40ft. of water, this site is usually done as a night dive; however, it provides some magnificent color and life during the day light hours. Channel clinging crab, lobster, squid, octopus, and much, much more call this wreck “home”.

Big Tunnels

Highlighted by three (3) swim-through’s ranging from 80ft-130ft. Tarpon are sometime found in and around this site.

Bonnie’s Arch

70ft. Maximum, this site has a beautiful arch that provides wonderful photo/video opportunities. Seahorses are sometimes found here. Angelfish frequent this area. Channel clinging crab can be spotted under the edge of the outlying reef system.

Bullwinkle East

 The site gets its name from the large elkhorn coral that forms the top of this shallow reef.

Cumbers Caves

In this portion of the reef, a “sand avenue” separates the shallow wall from the deep wall. To get to the “deep blue”, simply locate one of several passages through the reef. . . you might ask upon seeing the “inside” of the reef, “is this what Bedrock looks like?”

David Nicholson (wreck)

This “front end loader” was name for the late Dave Nicholson who was a diving icon of the Cayman Islands. Lying just offshore of the Sunset House Hotel, one can sometimes find lobster and large grouper under the stern of the wreck. A great “photo op” is also available at the statue of the Mermaid (designed by Simon Morris).

Devils Grotto/Eden Rock

“One of the dives that made Grand Cayman so famous”, is how many describe this site. Located just off the shore outside of George Town, one can explore the passages of these two (2) dive sites. Maximum depth is 45ft.

Doc Poulson (wreck)

Sitting in an open sandy area, with coral reef nearby, the small cable laying vessel was sank for the purpose of a wreck site. Good growth on the wreck provides a home to many juvenile fish including the pygmy file fish. Look for bristle worms on the green tube sponge located on the vessels spotlight.

Eagle Ray Rock

Found outside of Smith Cove, Eagle Ray Rock is noted for the “L”-shaped passage on this large coral formation.

Eagle Ray Roundup

This site is a continuation of Jackson’s Wall/Reef and offers many of the same features. It is not unusual to see a spotted eagle ray “snooping” for mollusk in the sand.

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman provides a wide variation of reef life and fish – everything from juveniles to spotted eagle ray and sometimes a shark.

Pending the side of the island you are diving, you will find dramatic walls starting from 50ft-70ft. The shallows will feature a “spur-and-groove” coral formation or sites that are more noted for their swim-throughs.

More noted for its small reef life, don’t be surprised to spot a turtle at any time find a southern stingray feeding nearby.

Great Wall

The name says it all. The CAIV is moored in 15ft. of water, and the wall begins at 18ft. – and it is a shear drop. This portion of Bloody Bay Wall is full of pristine vegetation growing off the wall – gorgonians, soft and hard corals and all types of rope sponges. Turtles are often seen munching on a sponge or just swimming by at 40ft. Look for juvenile spotted drums and juvenile smooth trunkfish here.

Jackson’s Wall/Reef (also known as The Meadows)

The mooring pin is set in the middle of several coral heads, which can be traversed. Various snapper call this portion of the reef “home”. Cosmo the grouper can also be spotted in and around this site. Jackson’s Wall is highlight with swim-throughs onto the wall. Once again, look out for Caribbean reef sharks. In the sand area of the shallow, a spotted eagle ray can be seen feeding.

Jax Dax

Similar to Angelfish Reef, a diver can spend time around the coral reef, or venture to the sandy area where garden eels call home. In the rubble of this reef, look for yellowhead jawfish.

Joy’s Joy

The mooring pin is set in 25ft. of water, but the highlight of this dive are the many passages and swim-throughs found in the 70ft. range.

Kelly’s Cavern

Water conditions throughout the years have helped form this section of Cayman reefs; specifically, all the passages which wind in-and-out of the hardpan coral. You will find the top of this reef rich in vegetation. Look for the elusive batwing coral crab hiding in the coral.

Lea Lea’s Lookout

If you descend and head toward the mooring ball, you will come across a “cut” in the reef. Starting at 35ft., this narrow cut leads to the wall. Keep an eye out for channel clinging crabs and lobster hiding in this cut. A pinnacle marks the entrance onto the wall (you can turn left or right). Making a right-hand-turn and swimming about 30 yards, you will find the entrance to the “Great Room” (entrance around 80ft). The diver makes their way through the “room” and will exit on a very large opening. . . being spit out at 30ft. At night, take note of the colors (reds, oranges, greens, purples) that are visible throughout the room.

Lighthouse Reef

This reef gets its name from the Lighthouse Restaurant in Breakers. This wall site serves as home to turtle, spotted eagle ray and the occasional reef shark.

Little Cayman

To summarize, the majority of the diving in Little Cayman takes place within the boundaries of the world-famous Bloody Bay Wall. This marine park offers a combination of dramatic walls, swim throughs, mini-walls (in the shallows) and pristine coral reefs.

When weather dictates, the CAIV will move to the South side of Little Cayman for diving at Windsock Reef, Grundy’s Wall or the Soto Trader (wreck).

Lost Treasure

This reef is a flourishing tongue-and-groove coral formation. Nearby (pending the wind direction), you will find the dive site, Spanish Anchor. Anywhere in the area, take time and explore the shallows for some magnificent and unusual juvenile life.

M/V Keith Tibbetts

Formerly known as the Russian Destroyer #356, this wreck has become a fixture for wreck dive of the Caribbean. Today, the boat lies in 40-90ft. of water. It provides a great backdrop for photos/videos and offers some great penetration for the avid wreck diver. For more in depth information about the M/V Keith Tibbetts, go to www.jharp.net/brac_ktib.htm

M/V Kittiwake

Sunk as an artificial reef in 2011 The Kittiwake, a former submarine rescue vessel (ASR-13) rests 64 feet deep at the bottom and only 15 feet from the surface making her ideal for both divers and snorkelers.  You can swim overhead and see the main decks and topography of the ship, plus take a look down the smokestack that opens straight down to the bottom of the hull and the engine rooms. There is no end of rooms to explore within this wreck.

Marilyn’s Cut

A simple slice into the reef of Bloody Bay Wall is sometimes home to reef sharks. All types of reef fish inhabit this area.

Nancy’s Cup of Tea (Magic Roundabout)

This area is just outside of the bight of BBW and provides a more solid coral formation. On the shallows around this site, you can find a pair of old anchors, known as Paul’s Anchors.

Neptune’s Wall

With the mooring sitting in 60ft. of water, this site is a gentle sloping reef formation that leads over the wall. Like many of the West Side wall sites, keep an eye open for the passing turtle.

Ore Verde (wreck)

A staple of Grand Cayman diving, this wreck today lies in pieces against a section of coral reef and provides a home to many fish, both during the day and at night (midnight blue parrotfish). Hordes of chub, jacks, and snapper are spotted during the day. Always be aware of spotted morays or a green moray eel.

Pedro’s Pinnacles

 Watch Your Depth! Huge pinnacles from the bottom sprout upward to make this site what it is. Lying on the edge of the wall, be careful to monitor your depth gauge and you will find this most enjoyable around 80-90ft.

Randy’s Gazebo

“One of the most spectacular dives”, commented one diver. This site is home to some wonderful swim-through’s and some of the largest barrel sponges in the Cayman Islands. A wonderful “photo op” awaits at the “gazebo”. Be on the alert for spotted eagle rays just off the wall and turtles at any time. “The chimney” is a narrow passage that begins at 80ft., and “burps” you out at 30ft. Take it slow! And you can enjoy this experience.

Round Rock/Trinity Caves

This site features a nice swim thru small passage at about 70ft. Just down the reef you will find the famous Trinity Caves, highlighted by several lengthy swim throughs. Trinity Caves has been the focus of many photo shoots for various dive magazines.

Rum Point Dropoff (White Stroke Canyon)

Coral plates make up this site just outside the cut of Grand Cayman’s Rum Point. As all North Wall sights go, spotted eagle rays, turtle, channel clinging crab and lobster can all be found in this region.

Sensation Wall (Hammerhead Hill)

Found in the middle of the North Wall, this site was named for the coral formation that the mooring pin is set. Yes! You might see the elusive hammerhead here, but certainly keep an eye out for spotted eagle rays.

Stingray City

An introduction of this site is not needed – The World’s Most Famous 12ft. Dive. Stingray City is home to the many Southern Stingrays that pass the time away performing for divers. It is a “must” dive.

Tarpon Alley

Large sand passage slice through the coral fingers, leading out onto the North Wall. Between two (2) of these fingers, you can find tarpon displaying their buoyancy. Barracuda sometimes pose as “imposters”, lurking around, looking for a meal. On the wall, the beautiful spotted eagle ray is often cited as well as an occasional reef shark. If you are lucky, you might spot a hammerhead.

Teachers Caverns (Bats Cave Reef)

High coral wall formations help make these passages a beautiful site. Elkhorn and staghorn corals are found in the shallows. Families of lobster have been spotted on nearby coral heads.

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An Introduction to the Cayman Islands

Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the western Caribbean, lies the peaceful British Overseas Territory known as the Cayman Islands. Consisting of three islands just 480 miles south of Miami, collectively the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman remain a little piece of paradise.

Blessed with sun-kissed beaches and waters teeming with breathtaking marine life, the Cayman Islands offer some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world.

You'll never be short of things to do in the Cayman Islands. World-class scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing are just the beginning of your Islands' adventure. The Islands' histories are rich in exotic detail, as the Museum, Botanical Garden and National Trust clearly demonstrate. So, whether it's a trip under the sea to feed the stingrays, an excursion to the Turtle Farm for a hands-on experience of one of nature's most inspiring miracles, or a journey into the past to revisit the first landing by Christopher Columbus, a feast for the senses - and sensibilities - awaits.

Grand Cayman: Spectacular natural beauty, a wealth of activities and points of interest, and all the modern conveniences to make your stay as comfortable as possible can be found on Grand Cayman. The largest and most developed of the three Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman is the home of George Town, the capital city, which boasts some of the finest cuisine and shopping in the Caribbean. Whether you want to explore a sunken wreck, dance the night away, or simply go sightseeing, Grand Cayman is the place to start.

One of the many attractions Grand Cayman has to offer is Seven Mile Beach, a long stretch of white sand rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Caribbean. Other attractions on Grand Cayman include: the 65-acre Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and National Trust's Mastic Trail (2 mile traditional footpath through unspoiled woodlands in North Side); Cayman Islands National Museum in George Town; Pedro St. James Historic Site in Savannah; Cardinal D's Park, a private collection of animals in a natural tropical park setting on Courts Rd; Hell, Cayman’ famous Turtle Farm; National Trust historic walking tours of central George Town and West Bay; blowholes in East End district; and historic buildings now being restored under the direction of the National Trust and National Historic Sites Committee, including the Old Savannah Schoolhouse. Rum Point is not to be missed. Imagine sipping a cocktail in a hammock on a beach, shaded by majestic Casuarina trees. Enjoy a beach snack, indulge in an a la carte meal, or simply take a dip in the crystal-clear sea. Regular ferry services operate daily from the Hyatt Dock.

Cayman Brac: Cayman's Brac's rugged 14 square miles retain the charm and friendliness of a traditional seafaring community - yet offer the country's most dramatic scenery. "Brac" is the Gaelic word for bluff, the Brac's dominant natural attraction, a limestone ridge which rises gradually from the west along the center of the island to 140 ft. at the eastern tip, plunging as a sheer dramatic cliff into the indigo Caribbean below. It sculpts the landscape into unexpected vistas carved with caves and covered with a startling variety of trees and plant life. Experience the breathtaking view on the bluff from the lighthouse. Explore the enticing caves and sinkholes, high above water. Wander through the woodlands filled with exotic flowers and plants. Bird watching on the bluff is stunning. Frigate birds, brown boobies, peregrine falcons and the rare Cayman Brac parrot can be spotted in their natural environment.

Just as rugged and fascinating are the Bracers themselves, a warm and independent population of fewer than 1300. They take pride in their homeland and enjoy sharing it with visitors. Small towns have names like West End, Watering Place, Cotton Tree Bay, Creek and Spot Bay. Tropical flowers bloom year-round in carefully tended yards surrounding charming Caymanian - style homes. The Brac's special peacefulness refreshes - but its startling contrasts will awaken your adventurous spirit! In Cayman Brac, diving is what attracts most people to this small island. The newest attraction for divers is the wreck of the 330 ft. M/V Captain Keith Tibbett’s, a Russian built Cuban naval frigate which was sunk off the island's northwest coast in September 1996. It is already the home for a variety of marine life. There are two other small wrecks off the Brac's coast.

Ashore, attractions include the Cayman Brac Museum at Stake Bay, a variety of dramatic caves, (such as Rebecca's Cave, Peter's Cave and Skull Cave), nature trails, exploration of the bluff and iron shore beneath the island’s eastern tip, and small, charming homes restored in traditional seafaring architectural styles. The delightful people of this unusual community are another main attraction. Fisherman will revel in shallow waters filled with bonefish and deeper offshore waters teeming with game fish. Those simply wanting to relax can indulge in the solitude of quiet beaches.

The National Trust chapter has activities scheduled throughout the year. A two-mile long nature trail on the bluff adjacent the 180-acre Parrot Reserve was opened in July 1996. Bird watching has long been considered an excellent, if under promoted, attraction of this tiny island.

Little Cayman: Little Cayman is the least developed of the Cayman trio. With a resident population of less than 170, most of Little Cayman remains uninhabited. Only 10 miles long and a mile wide, it still offers that rare combination of sun-blessed solitude, glistening beaches and miles of untouched tropical wilderness. Here, shy iguanas and rare birds outnumber humans. On Little Cayman, you'll find privacy and total relaxation. Bask yourself on empty beaches. Venture to remote South Hole Sound Lagoon for a private swim. Or row out to tiny, deserted Owen Island to enjoy a view of nature in its most pristine form. Here, you can truly ease the body and soul. Diving on Little Cayman, especially on famous Bloody Bay wall and Jackson Point, is the main attraction. Bloody Bay Marine Park is one of the world's truly legendary dive sites. The sheer coral wall begins at 20 ft. and plunges to 6000 ft. Colorful coral gardens, wavering sea plumes and exotic tropical fish thrive among more than 50 unique dive sites. Exceptional fishing can be done on Little Cayman, where bonefish, small tarpon and permit, particularly in South Hole Sound lagoon, challenge anglers looking for light tackle action along the coast. The 15-acre Tarpon Pond is always filled with small, but feisty, game fish.

Little Cayman also has the largest known breeding colony of the Red Footed Booby (5000 pairs) and only breeding colony of Magnificent Frigate Birds in this hemisphere. It hosts the country's first RAMSAR site, the 203-acre Booby Pond Nature Reserve now under National Trust protection. Groundbreaking took place on 22 July, 1995 for the Little Cayman Trust House, a Caymanian-style building overlooking the rookery, which opened in late 1996 and serves as the headquarters for Little Cayman National Trust activities. It also provides an observation deck with high-powered telescopes for year-round viewing of the sanctuary's bird life. Little Cayman now has its own museum, located across from the Booby Pond Nature Reserve. Little Cayman also has a resident indigenous Little Cayman Rock Iguana population estimated at 2,000. Signs painted by local artists were erected in 1995 cautioning motorists to watch out for iguanas along the main coastal road. The local chapter of the National Trust organizes outings and activities on a regular basis. The mile-long Salt Rock Nature Trail provides glimpses of Little Cayman's natural habitat.

What to Expect on the Cayman Islands

BANKS: Although Grand Cayman now has more than 692 licensed banks, only a handful are full-service "A-class" banks providing full customer banking services as visitors know it. These include: Barclays Bank, Scotiabank, Bank of Butterfield, Royal Bank of Canada, Cayman National Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, British American Bank. Regular banking hours are 9: 00 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. In addition, Automatic Teller Machines accepting VISA and MasterCard with Cirrus affiliation are located at Cayman National Bank and other banks and at Owen Roberts International Airport. CURRENCY: The Cayman Islands has its own currency called the Cayman Islands dollar, first issued in 1972, whose basic unit is the dollar, issued in notes with denominations of CI$100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 and coins valued at 25 cents, 10, 5 and 1 cent. The CI dollar has a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar $1 USD equals CI $.83. There is no need for visitors to exchange their US dollars into local currency. The US dollar is accepted throughout the islands at a rate of CI 83 cents. However, this can be confusing to visitors: for example, a US$20 note becomes CI$16. Banks do NOT give a better rate of exchange! Major credit cards (with the exception of the Discover Card) and Travelers checks are widely accepted. Canadian dollars and pounds sterling can be exchanged for CI dollars at local banks. CLIMATE: The Cayman Islands lie in the far Western Caribbean, closer to the equator then a lot of people realize, between latitudes 19° and 20° North. The islands are cooled by prevailing trade winds, but the sun is Hot and you can be easily sunburned. Winter - November to April: 72°F to 86°F during the day. 64°F to 72°F at night. Water temperature ranges between 78°F and 82°F. Summer - May to October: 85°F to 90°F during the day. 73°F to 85°F at night. Water temperature ranges between 82°F to 86°F. Relative humidity varies from 68% to 92%. DEPARTURE TAX: The Cayman Islands has a departure tax of $25 U.S. Dollars that is normally included in the price of your ticket. Please check with your airline or ticketing agent for details. DRINKING WATER: The piped water in the Cayman Islands is completely safe to cook with or drink. All hotels and condos and most restaurants and private homes are connected to the city water supply. The water is originally pumped from the sea and then purified by reverse osmosis. DRIVING LICENSE: British rules apply, so please drive on the left and be extra careful on roundabouts. Visitors may use their home licenses for up to three months or may apply for an international driver's license. Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets. ELECTRICITY: The Cayman Islands use the same electrical standards as the USA - 110 volts, 60 Hz. Most electronics and appliances are imported from the USA, and any travel items such as hair dryers, electric razors and travel clocks will work. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid Passport and a return or ongoing ticket. TOURISM SEASONS: The year divides into two seasons, the summer or "rainy" season, generally from mid-May through October, moving into the winter or "dry" season, from November to April. March and April are the driest months and May and October are traditionally the highest rainfall months. Being in a tropical zone, it is not unusual to have brief afternoon showers during the summer, and, at certain times, brief morning sprinkles too. The Atlantic Hurricane season starts June 1st and ends officially on November 30th, but the Cayman Islands have often been spared the full wrath of devastating hurricanes. VACCINATIONS: No vaccinations or preventative medications are recommended for travel to the Caymans. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation. WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS: Water temperatures generally range between 78 – 82°F. Most people find wearing a 1mm – 3mm wetsuit keeps them comfortable.

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. BUTTERFLY FARM:

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. CAVING:

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. MASTIC TRAIL: 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.

SEAWORLD EXPLORER:

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. STINGRAY CITY:

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.

 


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