Alternative Caribbean: 6 Unique Experiences in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory located between the Western Caribbean and Cuba. Three islets make up the island, all named Cayman Barc, Little Cayman, and Grand Cayman. Each of the three islands is beautiful but has its own unique character. Among the three islets, Grand Cayman is home to some of the most luxurious luxury beach resorts. 

The diving opportunities on this island are among the best in the world. Fishing excursions can be found on Cayman Barc, whereas Little Cayman has several species of endangered wildlife. The following post travels through the unique experiences you can have on your next visit to the Cayman Islands.

Top 6 Unique Experiences in the Cayman Islands

#1 – Take a Helicopter Tour Above the Islands

Most helicopter tours leave from George Town, the capital city of the Cayman Islands. The packages include different inclusions, durations, and outlines. One of the most popular tours is the Stingray City Tour, followed by the 7-mile and full-day tours. It is an 8-10 minute tour that covers the Seven-Mile Beach. Stringray City Tour will last between 15 and 20 minutes and will cover North Sound, Stringray City Sandbar, and Seven-Mile Beach. 

The entire tour lasts for 40 minutes – an hour, covering Stringray City, North Sound,  Turtle Farm, and Kittiwake. You can get a birds-eye view of the island by taking a helicopter ride. Private charters with a capacity of up to 6 adults are also available in addition to the above-mentioned tours.

The prices of these tours can range from:

  • 85 USD per person for a 7 – Mile Beach tour.
  • 155 USD per person for a Stingray tour.
  • 370 USD per person for a whole island tour.
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#2 – Explore the Crystal Caves

Cayman Islands’ Crystal Caves is the newest addition to their tourist attractions. The caves are located in the middle of lush tropical forests on Grand Cayman. Cayman Island’s Crystal Caves are one of the most unique attractions. The caves are a wonderland of stalactites, crystals, and glassy terrains that give the caves a shimmery appearance. There are various regions in the caves that have yet to be explored if you are an explorer who enjoys exploring the unknown. Ensure, however, that you follow the trail back.

The tour lasts about two hours and is offered for tourists as well. Visitors can explore the Bat Cave and the Lake Cave with guides. You can explore the cave at your own pace but it’s best to go at your own pace. Wear appropriate hiking gear regardless of whether the tour is guided or not.

The prices of these guided tours can range from:

  • 40 USD for adults to get a 90-minute tour
  • 30 USD for kids with the same time frame

#3 – Go Scuba Diving at the Kittiwake Shipwreck

The Kittiwake was a former American Navy submarine. Prior to its sinking in Grand Cayman, it had served the United States for over 50 years. Grand Cayman has become a popular diving destination thanks to the Kittiwake Shipwreck. Additionally, you will see plenty of vibrant aquatic species and sea life besides shipwrecks and artificial reefs.

Divers of all levels can enjoy the dive. Due to the high visibility and shallowness of the water, it is also a good snorkeling site, since the shipwreck is visible even from the surface. A dive spot is located near Seven Mile Beach. Divers can reach it via various dive operators, such as Turtles Cayman, Ocean Frontiers, etc.

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#4 – Pet the Stingrays at Stingray City

This excursion is an essential part of any trip to Cayman and offers an unforgettable experience. Everybody can participate in this unique experience in the Cayman Islands, regardless of their age. It is a three-hour excursion that includes snorkeling and swimming stops at various locations. 

Seeing these mesmerizing creatures in their natural habitat will be possible as the boat halts at North Sound. Because of the shallow waters here, which range from 3 – 4 feet, Stingray tours are completely safe. As these beautiful creatures harmlessly brush and breeze around you, you can snorkel and swim with them. The operators will provide squids to feed them, and you will be able to take photos as well. Snorkeling in the Cayman Islands is an experience of a lifetime.

#5 – Hike the Cayman Brac Among the Limestone Bluff

The Northside of Cayman is made up of limestone escarpments. At its peak, this escarpment rises 140 feet. The hike to the peak of the limestone cliff in Cayman Brac is considered a daring experience by rock climbers around the world. Several years ago, such hikes were not offered by tour operators and were always inherently risky. The paths of hiking have, however, become more defined over the years, and tour companies have established safety standards that make hiking in Turkey 100% safe.

#6 – Take a Submarine Ride and Experience the Underwater Scene

Submarine rides are the ideal solution for those who want to experience both the underwater world and the scuba diving experience without getting wet. The boat can accommodate 48 people in glass enclosures. Submersibles can dive to a depth of 100 feet, so you can see even more marine life than a regular scuba dive. A notable operator is Atlantis Submarine, which operates from George Town and Seven Mile Beach.

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The average price of a submarine ride in the Cayman Islands is:

  • 104 USD per person for a one hour day time tour
  • 118 USD per person for one-hour night-time tours

Final Thoughts

Cayman Islands visitors flock to the Caribbean destination year-round for its extraordinary beaches, water sports, and museums. Explore the island by scuba diving, jet-skiing, sailing, and spotting marine life, then indulge in the islands’ vibrant nightlife. Discover the region’s Amerindian heritage at the Cayman Islands National Museum. The 6 unique experiences featured above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the possibilities available in Cayman. So, be sure to check out all the experiences available in the area when booking your luxury hotel.

There are several unique luxury experiences that you can enjoy like the ones above across the Caribbean. We explore 1o of the best countries to visit in our post 10 Best Caribbean Islands To Visit.


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