Many travelers arrive in the Cayman Islands and swoon at first sight of the snow-white sandy beaches and placid, azure-blue waters. For some, easing into an ocean-facing chaise lounge to soak in the sun and unplug for the duration of their stay is all they need. For others, hitting the beach is only the precursor to taking advantage of the endless outdoor activities that present themselves in the Caymans.
Here are our top five recommendations:
Snorkeling and Diving
No matter your level of expertise or how deep underwater you are comfortable kicking your flippers, snorkeling and diving are unforgettable activities in the Caymans. The crystal-clear waters and calm currents make it an absolute dream for snorkelers and divers to experience the diverse, colorful sea life that thrives here. So whether you take one of the many planned group trips available or do it on your own, you’ll never run out of fascinating discoveries.
Whether you choose shore, reef or deep-sea fishing, the world is your oyster here, so to speak. You can find small barracuda and bonefish close to shore, yellowtail and mutton snappers out on the reef, and big-game fish such as marlin, yellowfin tuna and wahoo out in the open ocean which plunges to 25,000 feet in depth at Cayman Trench. In addition, with so many charter companies at your disposal, you can turn piloting over to an experienced captain and have expert hands filet your catch.
As alluring as the ocean is, the Caymans offer much more. Perhaps no land activity is as captivating as nature hiking, particularly in places like Little Cayman, the smallest island in the chain, which is home to diverse sea and wildlife, from red-footed boobies to endangered iguanas.
Can anything be more spectacular and freeing than chartering your own boat for a day fishing, snorkeling or just laying around? Maybe you’d rather cap off your day with a sunset cruise instead. Either way, you’ll have complete control over your schedule and a licensed boat captain to take care of the driving.
How often do you get the chance to go deep underwater and stay completely dry and comfortable? Thanks to Atlantis Submarines, you can travel at a depth of 100 feet and see the daytime sea life or experience a natural lightshow in the evening, which is unlike anything you have ever experienced.
Naturally, there are many more activities one can opt for in the Caymans, so don’t feel limited by this list. From biking and birdwatching to kayaking and jet skiing, the possibilities are endless.