Cayman truly is a terrific tropical destination famed for offering some'ting for every kind of traveler. Whether you are on a wholesome family vacation, on a soul-searching solo sabbatical or a romantic honeymoon: Cayman caters to all.
As a small island-jewel, set in the center of the Caribbean, a pristine coastline dotted with luxury resorts, renowned for having a thriving food scene, a burgeoning cocktail as well as brunch culture it may come as a surprise to some that Grand Cayman offers a plenitude of outdoor activities for the more adventurous visitors travelling to its shores.
Below we've listed just a few of our favorite outdoor adventure activities in and around Grand Cayman.
Hidden under the lush green canopy of tropical forest located on North side of the island, the Crystal Caves is the latest addition to the adventure activity offering in Grand Cayman and is rapidly becoming one of the most popular. Visitors are taken on an informative guided walking tour of about 1 ½ hour that takes them through the 3 captivating caves to explore the spectacular stalactite and stalagmite structures they hold as well as the flourishing surrounding forest. Amenities include an on-site souvenir shop as well as restrooms.
Address: 69 North Side Rd, Old Man Bay, Cayman Islands
Hours: Open daily from 9 am - 5.30 pm
Phone: +1 345-949-2283
Dive the USS Kittiwake
The USS Kittiwake is one of Grand Cayman’s most impressive diving sites. The islands famous decommissioned and sunken ship is now a highly rated activity recommended for divers and snorkelers of various ages and levels. After 50 years of active service in the US Navy as a submarine support vessel, the Kittiwake was sunk near Seven Mile Beach to support an artificial reef, lucrative tourist attraction and world-class dive site. The ship was successfully sunk in an upright position, however, over the years the tides and tumultuous Hurricane-season swells have repositioned the wreck on its port side. Whether you are a seasoned diver or curious beginner, the USS Kittiwake is a highly rated experience guaranteed to excite and delight.
The dive site is operated by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and it is advised to make use of a licensed operator. All visitors are required to pay a user fee.
Address: West Bay KY1, Grand Cayman
Swim with Bioluminescence
While commonly found in the ocean, the high concentration of bioluminescent plankton, known as dinoflagellates, in the Cayman Islands is extremely rare. There are only 12 locations in the entire world! Because the bioluminescent organisms are so small here, it seems as if the water itself is lighting up.
Bioluminescence is defined as a living organism emitting light, a spectacular display by mother nature that can only be observed in very few places on the planet. There are only 12 locations in the whole world where this phenomenon can be observed, Grand Cayman is one of these places. This radiant display of bucket list magic occurs when a chemical reaction takes place in the organism's body, usually in reaction to a disturbance in the water, an observable threat or to attract a mate. Because these creatures are so small, the effect is that of the water lighting up from within and it is quite the sight. Though there is a high concentration of these light-emitting creatures in the open ocean, they're extremely rare elsewhere. Bio Bay can be reached by boat or by car. We highly recommend getting up close and personal by getting into the water and immersing yourself fully for the full effect. For optimal viewing conditions, visit the bay when the moon is new and the sky is dark.
Address: Rum Point, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Cayman Cycle Tour
Cayman is home to many tour operators including guided bus and even 4x4 Jeep tours. Though all are a very informative and convenient way to get to know the island, for those more inclined to get in touch with nature and enjoy a more active experience, Cayman Cycle Tours offers an alternative way of exploring and taking in the sights and sounds of Cayman. A cycle tour is an alternative way of getting to know your surrounds. The slower pace ensures you don't miss a thing. It's an experience that leaves you feeling more in tune with your surroundings and helps you to get to know your way around the island in no time.
Horseback Riding in the Caribbean Sea
For equestrian enthusiasts, Cayman offers a unique riding experience not likely found elsewhere. It's not your standard horseback ride. Book a horseback riding experience with one of the many riding schools and enjoy a scenic beach ride exploring the western coastline of Grand Cayman, taking in the tropical landscape and enjoying all that nature has to offer from the unique perspective of your pony. End off your horseback riding tour with a refreshing swim on the back of your mighty steed in the warm, aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Grand Cayman is home to many riding schools, most of which offer horseback riding on the beach.
Address: West Bay, Grand Cayman.