The Cayman Islands, like most other Caribbean islands, are famous for their water sports. The waters around the islands are clear and safe, with many beaches enjoying shallow drop-offs. You won’t find huge surf around the Cayman Islands, although there are some larger waves off Seven Mile Beach when the weather is right. This makes the Cayman Islands perfect for a host of water sports, including snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing.
You don’t need any previous experience to try many of these sports; equipment is usually provided and instructors are available for those who want to give it a go. If you have your Cayman villas organized and you are planning your trip itinerary, make sure there is space in your schedule to try a few activities.
Snorkeling is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors when they come to the Cayman Islands. The waters are warm, shallow, and there are plenty of coral gardens to explore within close proximity of shore. Snorkeling is fun for people of all ages, and you don’t need to be a strong swimmer to have a go. Be careful to apply plenty of waterproof sun protection cream though, as the sun’s rays can burn just as easily if you’re in the water.
If you have a trip to Stingray City planned, see if your tour operator offers snorkeling trips as an extra. There are some great coral gardens in this part of the North Sound. Morritt’s Dock in the East End is another great snorkeling location.
The Cayman Islands are one of the best diving destinations on the planet. There are some superb dive sites for experienced divers and novices alike. The islands are actually the peaks of underwater mountains, so there are steep rock walls descending down to the seabed. The water around the islands is very warm, which encourages a rich abundance of marine life. There are also strong ocean currents flowing past the islands, bringing clean water full of essential nutrients. Diving conditions are excellent all year round, and with many top-quality operators on the islands, you will be spoiled for choice if you want to go scuba diving or helmet diving. The USS Kittiwake is a popular dive site.
Kayaking is another fun activity in the Cayman Islands. There are many mangroves and lagoons to explore. Hire kayaks or join a kayak tour and learn more about the various creatures that live around the island. You’ll see iguanas, jellyfish, birds and maybe even seahorses!
Fishing in the Cayman Islands is another popular choice. Charter a private boat or join a group tour. Blackfin and Yellowfin tuna are common between April and June, and you may even be lucky enough to catch a marlin.
A trip to the Caribbean is a once in a lifetime experience. Once you have visited the Cayman Islands, check out some other destinations. St. Lucia or St. Barts villas are just as lovely!