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Grand Cayman Certified 2-Tank Boat Dive

Grand Cayman is one of the most famous places in the world for scuba diving. Ready to see for yourself? Escape the huge cruise ship crowds on this certified Two-Tank Dive from a boat that holds a maximum of eight divers. Grand Cayman's famous wall dives typically start at around 40 feet and go down to 100 feet, although the abyss below drops to 6,000 feet, leaving an impression that will last a lifetime. The water clarity is typically fantastic, and the colors of the abundant coral reef and marine life are nothing short of amazing. This trip combines a deep dive on Grand Cayman’s spectacular wall (max. 100 ft.), followed by a second dive on a shallow reef or wreck (50-60 ft.). While diving on the wall, be sure to take an occasional look into the horizon, because diverse marine life, like spotted eagle rays, frequents the area. Both dives are guided by professional and experienced dive instructors.

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Grand Cayman Dolphin Swim Adventure and Turtle Farm

The Dolphin Swim Adventure and Turtle Farm program was established especially for you, your family and the dolphins to share a series of sensational and safe activities, while establishing a unique bond of trust. During the session, you will personally interact with these highly intelligent and friendly sea mammals. Your professional instructor will teach you about dolphins, their environment, and their behavior. You will also learn actual training techniques. Once this is complete, you will enter the water (life jackets required) to thoroughly enjoy this incredible experience with the dolphins. You'll be pushed by a dolphin while on a Boogie Board, pulled by their pectoral fins, and go swimming with them! The session is one hour, with 30 minutes of swim time. Group size is limited to 12 people to ensure a very personal experience. A professional photographer will be on hand taking pictures. After your dolphin encounter, continue the fun with your included admission to the Turtle Farm, one of Grand Cayman’s greatest tourist attractions, known around the world for its conservation programs, public awareness and entertainment. The farm includes over 500 turtles separated in tanks that show the progressive stages as they age. You will learn about turtle gender, reproduction, and the programs to keep them from becoming extinct. There is also a touch tank and many opportunities for photos of the turtles. The farm is located adjacent to the Dolphin Encounter. Your excursion fee also entitles you to a discounted admission ($20 pp) to the Boatswain's Beach Park. Here, you will find two swimming lagoons, a nature trail with a small cave system, Predator's Reef with sharks, groupers and eels, a lagoon for a snorkeling experience, and an aviary with Caymanian and Caribbean birds flying freely in an enclosed setting. Don't miss Cayman Street, with traditional buildings featuring distinctive, locally designed porches, doorways, gardens and local artisans, as well as restaurants and gift shops. There is certainly enough to make this a full day of fun for all ages. .So you can tour at your own speed at the Turtle Farm and/or the park, fees for the taxi to/from the Dolphin Park are not included in the tour price. Taxi for the 15-minute drive between downtown and the Dolphin Park should cost you approximately $25 each way for the vehicle; most taxis can hold up to four guests. That way, you can return at your leisure. Just make sure to return before your ship's last tender time from shore. There is no cost for observers for the dolphin portion only, and no need to reserve; you simply pay for transportation to and from the Dolphin Park. Observers must pay to visit the turtle farm or Boatswains Park. The facility has lockers , changing rooms, freshwater showers and a snack bar.

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Grand Cayman Private Horseback Ride

Experience the pure, natural beauty of Grand Cayman from horseback. Book this private horseback ride and it will be just your party with your own private guide. Your tour begins when you are picked up at the pier and shuttled to the north shore of the island, where your horse awaits. The transfer takes approximately 30 minutes; along the way, you'll savor glimpses of world-famous beaches, and receive a brief history of this gorgeous island. You will arrive in West Bay, at the tip of the island. Your guide will discuss your level of experience and what you would like to do during your ride. Then, he will set the pace, leading you out along the coast. Walk, trot or canter along the pristine, white-sand beaches of West Bay as the azure waters lap at the feet of your steed and you enjoy the peacefulness of nature at its most relaxing. The exquisite natural backdrop atop your horse makes for a great photo op, so be sure and have your photo taken as a souvenir of one incredible adventure. Your ride lasts approximately 75 minutes, after which you will be returned to your starting point, where you can tell everyone about your awesome experience. Please note: The Cayman horse is a smaller breed than you may be used to. The maximum weight the horse can accommodate is 225 pounds. Please do not book this tour if you are over this weight. Guests over the maximum weight will be denied a horse and will not be refunded. Tour requires a minimum of 2 guests to book

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Grand Cayman Stingray City Sail, Snorkel and Rays

Avoid the masses on this 25 passenger catamaran trip to Stingray City followed by a wonderful snorkel at one local reef and sailing in the North Sound. You will be transferred from the cruise pier area to the island's north shore where your CAT awaits. Come and join us for an unforgettable trip onboard a 38ft, Lagoon S2 catamaran, built in 2005. In the comfort of our luxury boat and with the expertise of our crew we will offer you the experience of a lifetime interacting with the stingrays, snorkeling amongst the fish and star fishes and sailing the pristine waters of our North Sound. Your trip to ‘Stingray City’ will take approximately one hour by engine, and once there you will have the opportunity to interact with these beautiful, friendly creatures. Our snorkeling stop will give you the opportunity to explore the reef and its sea life, where you will be in awe at the underwater world that resides there. After a fresh water shower, we will raise our sails and take you on a delightful and relaxing cruise across the North Sound. Soft drinks and pizza will be provided to heighten your experience whilst we sail. Total time on the boat is 4 hours. When you get home, check out the link to a website you will be given where you will be able to download pictures from your trip for free.

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Grand Cayman Stingray City and One Snorkel Stop

The last thing you want on a snorkel dive is an ocean-full of snorkelers along with you—right? Escape the large cruise ship crowds on this exclusive Stingray City Snorkel excursion to Grand Cayman's Stingray City, a world-renowned snorkeling destination. With an average group size of only 30 people, you will fully enjoy your time at this famous location. You will be transferred from George Town to your waiting motorized cabin cruiser on the other side of the island. Stingray City is located in the shallow waters of Grand Cayman's North Sound. Stingray City, you will be able to interact, feed, and swim with these beautiful and gentle stingrays! Stingray City is believed to have begun years ago when stingrays would gather in the sandbars of the North Sound to feed on the leftovers that fishermen would throw overboard as they anchored there to clean their fish. After many years, the stingrays became so accustomed to this, they are now routinely fed by hand! After your visit to Stingray City, you will enjoy a beautiful snorkeling session at either the Coral Gardens or on the reef, depending on that day's weather. Time on boat is approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes. Transfer time from downtown to boat pier is approximately 15 minutes each way. Stops are approximately 30 minutes each.

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Helicopter Tour Over Grand Cayman

What better way to take in the highlights of Grand Cayman than by helicopter! The exhilaration of flying high over the crystal-clear waters will be an experience you will never forget. You will see it all! Departing the pier, take a quick trip by air-conditioned mini-bus to the helipad, where you will be briefed before beginning your adventure. This thrilling Helicopter Tour Over Grand Cayman takes six passengers on a flight over the beautiful turquoise waters and out to the reef. Hover over Stingray City, where you'll have a spectacular bird’s eye view of the stingrays as they gather and feed on the sandbar. Continue on a low and slow flight toward George Town, where you'll have the greatest sightline of the famous drop-off “wall” that makes diving in Cayman waters world famous. Next, you will fly over the wreck of the Kittiwake, a former U.S. Navy ship submerged off Seven Mile Beach, named one of the top five beaches in the world. Next, view the grandeur of your own cruise ship, as she sits magnificently against the beautiful backdrop of George Town. Hover here and take as many photos and videos as you wish; after all, you'll never see it this way again! Flying over George Town, the tour turns back toward the helipad. The total flight time is 20 minutes. Once you land, re-board your mini-bus for the short transfer back to the pier … and take with you the beautiful memories of this exhilarating flight.

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Grand Cayman Certified 2-Tank Boat Dive

Grand Cayman is one of the most famous places in the world for scuba diving. Ready to see for yourself? Escape the huge cruise ship crowds on this certified Two-Tank Dive from a boat that holds a maximum of eight divers. Grand Cayman's famous wall dives typically start at around 40 feet and go down to 100 feet, although the abyss below drops to 6,000 feet, leaving an impression that will last a lifetime. The water clarity is typically fantastic, and the colors of the abundant coral reef and marine life are nothing short of amazing. This trip combines a deep dive on Grand Cayman’s spectacular wall (max. 100 ft.), followed by a second dive on a shallow reef or wreck (50-60 ft.). While diving on the wall, be sure to take an occasional look into the horizon, because diverse marine life, like spotted eagle rays, frequents the area. Both dives are guided by professional and experienced dive instructors.

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Grand Cayman Hell and Turtle Farm Orientation

This quick orientation tour will give you a great taste of Cayman, with a visit to the famous Turtle Farm and an additional trip to Hell and back… so to speak. Setting out from downtown, your tour will take you to the most popular sites on the island's west end. A stop will be made at the Turtle Farm. Originally built as a farm to keep up with the demand for turtle meat and other products, it has since become a conservation center focused on reducing the dependency on the wild population of sea turtles. The facility is used as a scientific and research center, and also is a breeding facility, so that more turtles can be released into the sea. Here, you will see hundreds of turtles at every stage of development on display in various sized tanks, as well as a breeding beach next to a large lagoon where breeding turtles lay their eggs. Hell, in the district of West Bay, is an outcropping of jagged dark limestone, which looks like someone's imagined vision of its namesake. You will visit the rock formation and walk past the red, Netherworld-themed post office. If you'd like to purchase postcards, just ask your guide to stop. During your tour, photo stops will be made in front of the stately Governor's House, and also in front of the tin-roofed Old Homestead, a traditional, island-style house which is one of the most photographed sites on the island. You will also make a quick stop at Seven Mile Beach, world-renowned for its beauty and considered one of the Caribbean's best beaches.

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Discount Excursions

Discount Excursions is the #1 tour shop for cruise excursions in Grand Cayman and Roatan! We are located right inside the cruise port at both locations enabling us to be there for our customers from beginning to end! We have tried and tested all of our tours and offer only the best excursions with excellent tour guides, unique and intimate experiences & unbeatable prices! Book Now and Save Big!

PO Box 30268 Grand Cayman , 345-323-0193

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Aug 31, 2012
These guys are great, you can find them at the port outside where the tenders drop you off. Great prices and reliable.

Jul 31, 2014
We book a jet ski tour with these guys. we were really satisfied overall with the tour they offered and the price. Very good service. Next year we are booked again with Carnival for a cruise to Cayman and we will definitely used Discount Excursion again.

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Pampered Ponies

We are a beach horseback riding facility located on the north wall beach in Grand Cayman. We have gorgeous well trained horses. We do a 1 and 1/2 hour BEACH TREK and if you know how to ride you will be allowed to canter the horses down a beautiful stretch of uninhabited caribbeqn beach. Beginners are welcome as well and we will teach you the basics of riding. Ages 5 and up.

355 Conch Point Road west bay , western caribbean , 1-345-916-2540

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Jul 31, 2014
Im so happy we found this website because we were looking for a nice romantic horseback ride on the beach and Lori and Pampered Ponnies really did a fantastic job. We really had such a great time. the service was excellent and it was a dream come true day. Thank you Cruiseportconection and thank you Lori for your great tour.

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Paradise Watersports

Located in the heart of George Town just a short 5 minute walk from the cruise terminal, you will find Paradise Restaurant and Watersports, where you can experience some of the world’s best shore diving and snorkeling.

George Town , 345-945-1444

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Oct 16, 2011
The snorkeling here is the best I have ever seen and just a short walk from the pier.

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Pirates of the Caymans

Take a two hour costal tour back in time a few centuries as you watch our crew reenact pirate trials, sword fights, wage attacks on in-port cruise ships and other swashbuckling antics. Kids and adults alike will love helping hoist the mainsail, firing the canon and walking the plank! Don't forget to bring your snorkel and swimsuit! We'll be making a 40 minute swim stop so you can explore the spectacular reefs and explore the exotic sea life our beautiful island offers. Grown-up swashbucklers will enjoy our complimentary Rum Punch - while the wee-ones may enjoy the "rumless" version.

, 3453241300

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Cayman Custom Cycles

Come along with us on a tour of Grand Cayman’s culture & amazing views with the wind in your face and the best seat in the house on one of our Custom Harley Davidson motorcycles! The tour begins at 10:00 am from our shop then heads up to the West Bay area for a stop in Hell! They say you have to go through Hell to get to Paradise! Then we ride through the beautiful 7 Mile Beach, Downtown and South Sound areas heading out to the East End of the island for stops at some of Grand Cayman highlighted attractions with a lunch stop in the North Side. From there cruising our way back to the shop with a couple of stops on the way. Tour ends at 2:00 pm Tour price $250.00 U.S. per rider and additional $50.00 for passengers (tour includes lunch)

, 345) 945-RIDE (7433)

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Cayman Karting Ltd.

A new karting facility offering top of the line karts, a floodlit asphalt track with over 1000 feet of chicanes, hairpins and straights and an advanced computer timing system. Full details including photos and video at www.caymankarting.com. Cruise ship passengers can make morning reservations - just e-mail cruise@caymankarting.com and we will arrange transport to and from the track.

Hidden Lagoon Drive off Sparky's Drive George Town , Grand Cayman , +1 345 9163819

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Cayman Islands Helicopters

Cayman Islands Helicopters offers you an unrivaled experience available no where else on the island. Choose the tour that best suits you and get ready for the excursion of a life time. Each tour is unique and will fill your eyes with the breathtaking beauty of Caribbean paradise. FREE SHUTTLE from the pier in George town (only 2 minutes driving to the George town landing pad) and from hotel and condominium on Seven mile beach.

, 345-926-6967

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Aug 27, 2012
This is the best addition tour you could ever have in any port. Go to the beach, take your tour or spend the day shopping and then hope in the helicopter for 30 minutes you will never forget. This is the one adventure you will never forget.

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Cayman Glass Bottom Boat

View the breathtaking underwater beauty that Grand Cayman has to offer without getting wet. Join us on the " Reef Roamer " and glide over ship wrecks and the famous " Cheese Burger " reef and view as the water comes to life during our famous fish feeding show. Contact us now and save up to 40% on the same tour advertised on your cruise.

23 North Church Street Grand Cayman , 3459289449

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Apr 04, 2012
We came off the carnival Paradise last week and met Gordon. Great guy and very friendly. His boat tour was alot of fun and we got a great deal. You will see his booth right outside the terminal gates.

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Tours Cayman

Tours Cayman offers tours both on land and sea.Tours include snorkel excursions that take you to the famous Stingray City where you get to swim,play and feed the stingrays.We also snorkel at the famous Coral Gardens and we also visit the Star Fish Bay where you have a chance to hold and see your own Star Fish. We also do tours to the Famous Turtle Farm where you also hold and feed your own turtle

42 Mount. Pleasant West Bay, Cayman Islands Grand Cayman , 345-9165478

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Divers Down/Cruise Divers

EXPLORE BEYOND THE SHORE! If a stop in Grand Cayman is included on your cruise itinerary and you are planning to dive or snorkel we have many opportunities for you to choose from. Our exclusive cruise program has been designed to work with the ships' limited time schedule. Options include two tank boat dives for certified divers, PADI Discover Scuba Dives for non- certified divers and dive/snorkel trips to the World famous Stingray City. Sunk in 2011, is the opportunity to explore The ex-USS Kittiwake - a 251 ft US Navy ship sunk as an artificial reef off 7 Mile Beach. Book now and be one of the first divers to discover Cayman's newest underwater attraction. On arrival at the port there will be no need to catch a bus or taxi as our dive shop is conveniently located only four minutes walk away from the cruise ship terminal in George Town. Call or email to reserve your space today!

69 North Church St. George Town , Grand Cayman , 345-945-1611 or 345916375

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Mar 01, 2014
Divers down in Grand Cayman is a great choice. they are close to the ship and can arrange to meet you outside the terminal area. they have years of experience and I have used them many times. two thumbs up for Divers Down in Grand Cayman.

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Coralstone Stables

A Horseback Ride and Swim in Grand Cayman, in the warm Caribbean Sea, along pristine tropical beaches make your horseback ride and swim with Coral Stone Stables on our beautiful, calm horses a highlight of a lifetime for romantic vacation rides, parties and weddings. Come and enjoy a wonderful and exhilarating horseback ride - we guarantee that you'll love it! Horseback riding rates at our stables include everything to make your beach and swim rides an experience that you'll cherish for a lifetime.

, 345-814-0190

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Cayman Motor Museum

The Cayman Motor Museum, a new attraction located on North West Point Road near Boatswain’s Beach, will open its doors to the public on Monday, May 3. The museum, housed in a new purpose-built structure, is the realization of a vision by businessman Andreas Ugland to have a local showroom to share his large collection of exotic, rare, and classic motorcars and motorbikes. Admissions:Adults US$15 /Children (under 12) US$7.50. On Saturdays, resident adults US$10; children US$5

864 North West Point Road West Bay Grand Cayman , 345- 947-7741

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Lobster Pot Dive Center

We are a PADI dive facility having access to Grand Cayman’s famous dive sites. We can offer resort dives or guided dives at times to suit your arrival and departure times on our island. The Lobster Pot Dive Center has 6 custom dive boats taking a max of 8 divers per boat, to the best sites available on Grand Cayman. Our house reef has calm, clear waters, perfect for all levels of divers. .

245 north Church St Georgetown , 1345 946 8685

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Mar 08, 2011
the lobster pot is a great [lace to eat

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Captain Asley's watersports

Captain Asley's is a family owned and operated business. For over 50 years now the Ebanks family has offered the finest Sportfishing, Stingray City and Snorkel tours available. With very clean, well maintained vessels, the most experienced and professional crew and an unsurpassed dedication to customer satisfaction have proudly earned us a 70 percent repeat customer ratio.

, 345 949 3054

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Beach Bum Watersports

Beach Bum Watersports is located just north of the Royal Watler Cruiseship dock, we offer Kayak Snorkel Tours, Beach Horseback Tours and Self Drive Mini Boat Tours. From our store location we also offer snorkel gear rentals, kayak rentals, sea scooter rentals and Duty Free Liquor. Stop by and check us out.

23 North Church Street Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands , 345-949-4420

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Deep Blue Divers

We take you to the best sites in the Grand Cayman. Primarily we dive from the West Side of Grand Cayman as the sea conditions here are best. We also run trips to the North Wall and South Walls of Grand Cayman, weather permitting.We also schedule dives to Stingray City in the mornings and in the afternoons. We also run snorkel and charters to Stingray City each afternoon or when requested.

245 N Church St Grand Cayman , 345 916 1293

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Grand Cayman Horseback riding was amazing. The weather wasn't that good but the tour guides were great and running along the beach on horseback was so memorable. We have gone horseback riding in the Caribbean before but seven mile beach in Grand Cayman was the nicest we ever experienced.

Aug 12, 2014

Discount Excursion in Grand Cayman is a trusted and friendly shore excursion source in Grand Cayman. They are right in the main terminal building near the cruise port. You cant miss them. Check out there website. the link is above.

Jul 31, 2014

When taking a cruise, tours make up a great and memorable part. Some ports are more recommended than others to take tours as there aren't many things to do outside. For example the port of Belize doesn't offer much in terms of getting off the ship and "doing your own thing" but if you take an organized shore excursion you will have a great time. And when do you go with the cruise line tours or try a local operator? Again this an important lesson to learn. An example would be Grand Cayman. A very friendly and trusted port that has virtually not had any bad press in terms and local tour operators putting cruise passengers in danger. In Grand cayman going out and doing something on your own is perfectly safe and you can find some great operators right outside as get off the tenders. Other ports like belize it may be wiser to stick to the program and go with the cruise Line tours. But which ever you choose a cruise is just not the same without taken a few tours. He is one of our recommendation when visiting Grand Cayman. Discount Excursions.

Feb 06, 2014

It has been another great week of cruising and we have yet another great connection for all of you. If you are planning to visit Grand cayman soon we want you to meet Lori at Pampered Ponnies Horseback riding. She will take you on a Horseback ride that you will never forget!

Aug 08, 2012

Grand cayman tours are mostly going to be about the water. With one of the largest reefs in the Caribbean and so many great dive sites that include shipwreck dives. grand Cayman will surely attract you to the water.The world famous Stingray sand bar and snorkel tour is one of the most popular cruise ship tours available.

May 02, 2012

Cayman has a lot to offer when it comes to tours. one of the most popular tours is the Hell,stingray city and turtle farm tour. this tour takes you all over the island to experience the land and sea,

Oct 11, 2010

Oveall I would say the Stingray,Turtle farm and Hell tour is the best. You get to see the entire Island and have a really good time. When you get back you still have time to shop.

Jun 24, 2010
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Info on Grand Cayman

General Information on the island of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands


The three Cayman Islands comprise Grand Cayman, largest and most populous, plus the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, about 89 miles east-north-east of Grand Cayman and separated from each other by a channel about seven miles wide. Total land mass of all three islands is 100sq miles.
Grand Cayman is 76sq miles, being 22 miles long and eight miles at its widest point with a maximum elevation at East End of 60ft.

Cayman Brac is 14sq miles, being 12 miles long and just over a mile wide. It has the most dramatic scenery with a majestic bluff running the length of the island, including many mysterious caves.

Little Cayman is 10sq miles, being only 10 miles long and a mile wide, but has a world famous dive site and nature reserve.

The three islands are limestone outcroppings - the tops of a submarine mountain range called the Cayman Ridge, which extends west-south-west on the Sierra Maestra range off the south-east part of Cuba to the Misteriosa Bank near Belize.

The islands lack rivers or streams because of the porous nature of the limestone rock. This lack of run-off gives the surrounding Caribbean Sea exceptional visibility, often over 120 ft.

Between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica lies the deepest part of the Caribbean, the Cayman Trough, which is over four miles deep. South of Cayman is the Bartlett Deep where depths of over 18,000ft. have been recorded.

All three islands are surrounded by healthy coral reefs which lie at the top of dramatic walls and drop-offs close to shore, creating ideal conditions for diving and sportfishing.

Cruise ship passengers land at either the North or South dock terminals, both at the centre of the George Town shopping district.A taxi stand is located at both terminals.

In the event of rough seas on the west coast, ships use the alternate anchorage at Spotts Bay on the south coast of Grand Cayman, about a 15-minute taxi ride from George Town. Seven Mile Beach is three miles from the George Town cruise ship terminals.


Introduction to Grand Cayman tours

Scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, beaches, shopping, good food, relaxation and financial investing are the main attractions of the Cayman Islands. If you are interested primarily in water sports, beautiful beaches and exploring duty-free stores, you'll enjoy the Caymans.

Though most travelers know the Caymans as a premier scuba-diving destination, they actually have several different identities. What you see depends on what you're looking for.

Cruise-ship passengers go to Grand Cayman as a stopover with a long and beautiful beach, lots of water sports and a bustling city.

George Town - full of duty-free shops, galleries and lots of cellphonet-toting offshore bankers.
Get-away-from-it-all vacationers look away from the hubbub of Grand Cayman and go to see the two "sister islands" of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac - places where there are only about four activities and one of them is sleeping.
And, of course, divers and snorkelers look to the ocean, where they find some of the best underwater scenery in the world - huge coral formations, steep drop-offs, excellent visibility, lots of sealife.

No matter what kind of traveler you are, you'll likely find the Caymans a stress-free place to visit. Crime is relatively rare. Islanders are friendly, speak English and enjoy the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. And the beaches are wide, sandy and fringed with palm trees.

Columbus discovered the islands in 1503, naming them Las Tortugas because their only inhabitants were turtles. By mid-1500s they were known as the Caymanas, the Carib Indian word for crocodile.
They were frequently visited by ships, including pirates, in the 1500s and 1600s but the first settlers didn't arrive until 1655 - deserters from Oliver Cromwell's army that was then capturing Jamaica. Later arrivals were also from the British Isles - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Slaves of African descent also played a role in the islands' development, though the Caymans never became rich plantation isles like others in the Caribbean. The slaves were emancipated in 1834 after which some escaped slaves from other New World areas settled on the islands.

Today, tourism is a large factor in the economy of the Caymans. More than half a million people visit each year - 80% are from the U.S. and Canada but lately more Europeans.
The other big business is finance - the Caymans are among the favorite offshore banking locales in the world. Over 500 banks are based there, holding over US$463billion in assets.

On paper, there are about 34,000 registered companies who take advantage of the favorable tax status offered by the islands. The government opened a stock exchange in 1997. The Caymans remain a British Crown Colony, with a governor appointed by the British monarch, though the islands retain a largely autonomous legislature.

Most Caymanians live on Grand Cayman, the largest island, which is 480miles/770km south of Miami and 180miles/290km north-west of Jamaica.
The two smaller islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, have very little development and small populations. Often referred to as the 'sister islands' they are grouped together with the closest, Little Cayman, lying 70miles/110km north-east of Grand Cayman.

Facts At A Glance
Official Name: Cayman Islands.
Capital: George Town, Grand Cayman.
Population: 37,700.
Language: English.
Climate: Tropical, semi-arid.
Economy: Banking, tourism.
Government: British Crown Colony.
Religion: Protestant, Roman Catholic.
Currency: Cayman Dollar (CI$). 100 cents = 1 CI$. U.S. dollars, major credit cards and travelers cheques widely accepted.
Time Zone: Eastern; 5 hours behind GMT. Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Telecommunications: Excellent. Area code is 345. No city code needed.
Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycles AC.
Airport Departure Tax; Yes

Best Time to Grand Cayman

East winds moderate temperatures, making the climate pleasant year round. Average daytime temperatures range from the mid 70s to mid 80sF/23-30C but climb into the low 90sF/32-35C on occasion during the summer months.
Rain falls primarily during hurricane season (July-November). The wettest months are September-November. The best diving conditions are in the summer (warmest water, best visibility and calmest seas). No matter when you go, a sweater may be needed in the evenings, or a windbreaker for boat trips.

Random stuff
Grand Cayman is reputed to be the world's greatest offshore financial centre with more than 690 licensed banks. Only eight of them are retail banks providing standard check and savings accounts.

It claims to be not only the birthplace of modern scuba diving but also to have the most fantastic spots to pick from with over 200 sites and dive depths down to 120ft with remarkably clear visibility.

It has the world's only commercial green sea farm where giant turtles and terrapins are bred.

It has one of the most varied populations in the people-rich Caribbean. About a third of its 34,000 residents were born in 113 different countries and its workforce represents 78 nations, mainly the USA, UK and Canada.
The Wreck of the Ten Sails Monument - at East End on Grand Cayman - honors those Caymanians who saved the lives of British sailors who ran aground on the reef. For their bravery, King George granted the Caymans tax-free status forever.

It is estimated that each stingray at Stingray City is worth about $250,000 to the local economy.

There are more than two dozen kinds of orchids growing in the Caymans, including five found nowhere else in the world. Some are reportedly so small they can't been seen without a magnifying glass.

The Cayman parrot and the endangered blue iguana are unique to the islands. An iguana breeding program has been initiated by the Cayman Islands National Trust, which is having a positive effect. The population of green sea turtles has also risen thanks to the success of the turtle-breeding farm.
The Caymans currently have the most severe penalties for cruise-ship pollution in the Caribbean - up to US$500,000.

Each October, the Caymans celebrate Pirates Week, in honor of the nation's folk heritage. Best part of it is the Pirate's Landing, which kicks off the festivities. Boats cruise the harbor flinging water balloons at each other. On shore, pirates capture the governor and lead a parade through the streets of George Town.
Another big event on the islands is Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament, held at the end of April. It attracts anglers looking for blue marlin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin and other sport fish. Prizes include US$250,000 for the biggest Atlantic Blue Marlin. Biggest yet caught weighed 584 lbs/265 kg).

Public Holidays: New Year's Day (1 Jan), Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Discovery Day (third Monday in May), Queen's Birthday (first Monday after 15 Jun), Constitution Day (first Monday in July), Christmas Day (25 Dec) and Boxing Day (26 Dec).
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Center of the Caymans' tourism industry and home to the major travel attractions, the Grand Cayman capital, George Town (pop. 14,000), is the hub of the islands and the main business center. Ample duty-free stores and souvenir shops.
You don't see the steel-and-glass skyscrapers found in many of the world's financial centers because there is a height restriction of five storeys. But you do see plenty of modern buildings, with a few vintage structures sprinkled in between.

Grand Cayman Restaurants
The choices for food are plentiful in George Town - more than 60 restaurants and snack bars offer everything from elegant fine dining to fast food. All are relatively expensive.
Jamaican influence is readily detectable in traditional Caymanian dishes spiced with jerk, curry and other hot seasonings.
Fresh seafood is tops. Try a serving of lobster or fish complemented by breadfruit, yams, cassava, rice and peas and other West Indian side dishes. Turtle steaks, which taste similar to veal, come from the local turtle farm. Conch is served marinated, stewed or frittered. Finish your meal with a wide slice of Key lime pie or a hunk of rum cake.

Grand Cayman Shoping
Shopping Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Most close from noon on Saturday. Some open until 9pm weeknights. All closed Sunday, except restaurants and dive shops.
Prices can be a bit high. There are no Caribbean open-air markets but most shops sell local crafts and products, including crochet work, paintings and sketches of Caribbean scenes, thatch work, pepper sauces, Caymanite (the islands' semi-precious stone), jewelry, sculpture and wood carvings.
Antiques and treasure-coin jewelry costs high-dollar.
Grand Cayman also supports a number of fine art and gift shops.
You can watch expert flameworkers make all types of glass artwork, from small trinkets to


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