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    Seven Mile Beach Area

    by starship Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    Once you get away from the busy shopping area along Harbour Drive, you may want to spend a little time at the well-known Seven Mile Beach area on West Bay Road. This area lends itself to some great sunbathing and swimming. Depending on just which part of the beach you're at, this area can feel a little isolated and there maybe no restrooms, and no closeby place to grab a little lunch. So better come prepared, but never leave your things unattended on the beach. Someone on our cruise had all his things stolen on the beach while he was swimming. Since they took his ship ID card as well, he had a difficult time getting back through security to board the ship!

    Seven Mile Beach can be reached by bus or taxi.

    %cbCan you believe this water?!!!
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    "Stingray City" Truly a Unique Experience

    by starship Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    If you only do one thing on this island, it has to be to go to Stingray City! Many tour operators run boats out to the North Sound Sandbar where you will be able to stand waist-high in the cleareast aquamarine waters to feed and swim with stingrays! While difficult to comprehend, these rays (some as large as 4ft. or larger in wing span) are exceptionally tame and used to humans due to being fed and not abused. It is a little scary at first and no one is allowed to wear aqua shoes which makes you even a little more nervous; this rule is enforced for the safety of the rays. The tour operators will sell you food to feed the rays and loan you snorkel gear and off you go.

    When we were there, we were the first boat in the area and saw no stingrays. But in a matter of moments, there were scores of stingrays waiting for their daily meal!! (They are very NON-AGGRESSIVE, so don't mistreat them and they will stay that way!) Later after this experience, I wondered why sharks didn't make their own appearance considering the abundance of food being offered by the tourists!

    We purchased this trip as a shore excursion from our ship which, at the time, was less than $50 each. Check on shore near the tender pier for companies selling these excursions, or book ahead online which maybe less expensive.

    NOTE: It is a good idea to bring some cash to purchase food to feed the stingrays, and also if you wish to purchase a photo that the captain will take. (I believe the photo will be on a disk.) Although the picture was a little expensive, I feel that ours was one of the best pictures ever taken of our family on vacation and certain in a unique setting. If you feel that the crew has done a good job and given you a great experience with the stingrays, you may wish to tip them.

    StingRay City, Grand Cayman
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    Hell, Post office Cayman Island

    by Moxie1 Written Dec 15, 2004

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    There really is a HELL, In the Cayman Islands! There are 2 shops,one of the shops the shop owner dresses like the devil. Harmless old guy in red longjohns!! The Hell post office, you can send a post card back home " greatings from Hell.Thousand year old rock formations behind the shops. Thats how Hell got its name. Very small place, take ten minutes tops. Worth visiting once!!

    Girft shop beside post office
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    Shore Diving!

    by diver-x Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    I've made three dive trips to Grand Cayman, and in my opinion, there is little reason to get on a boat to dive there. The shore diving is that fabulous! There are many dive shops on the water with their own cement docks for easy giant-stride entry, and ladders for easy exit. That's enough to spoil this New England diver! Rental for tanks & weights was around $15 Cayman.



    These are the shore sites that we have done:

    Lighthouse Point (Dive Tech):
    http://www.divetech.com/what1.htm

    Cobalt Coast (Dive Tech):
    http://www.divetech.com/index.htm

    Sunset House:
    http://sunsethouse.com/

    Eden Rock/Devil's Grotto:
    http://www.edenrockdive.com

    Sun Divers at the Turtle Reef

    Coconut Harbor

    Spanish Bay Reef

    See more info about these spots at:
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/31411/ab2/4/



    Just about all of the dive shops around George Town and West Bay have 2 reefs: one shallow and one deep wall. The shallows are from 30-60 feet deep. Then 50-100 yards further from shore, across sandy flats, you'll hit the deep wall at around 70 feet and you will never see the bottom.

    Parrot fish at Sunset House reef
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    Atlantis Submarine Tour

    by diver-x Updated Feb 19, 2004

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    The next best thing to scuba diving in Grand Cayman is a submarine tour. Atlantis Submarine offers 2 different tours: one at a maximum 100 foot depth and up to 48 passengers, and one at a 1000 foot maximum depth and up to 2 passengers. Both are not cheap - see the web site for details.

    Atlantis Submarine
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    East End Blow Holes

    by diver-x Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Along the shore on the east end, you see a sign and a pull-off for the blow holes. We were able to see them at sunset. The blow holes are holes in the coral shelf that lead from below water to the surface above water. When the waves beat upon the coral shelf, water is forced through the holes and shoots into the air like small geysers.

    Sunset at the blow holes
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    Stingray City!!!!!!!!!!

    by american_tourister Updated Aug 18, 2007

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    Stingray City, Stingray City, Stingray City
    Where else can you have a live stingray eat out of your hand?

    Go to the grocery store and get some frozen green peas. The stingrays love them and they are actually good for them.. You hold them in the palm of your hand and the stingrays suck them out.

    They have no teeth so there is no danger of getting bitten.....by them that is. When we got there my buddy was bitten hard by a Moray Eel that darted out from a rock outcropping. It bit him in the hand and then took off. The locals told us that this eel is nicknamed "Psycho". Apparently this eel has bitten a lot of people and all they do is catch him and move him. He keeps coming back to this spot because of all the food.

    UPDATE 7-2007

    We made a stop from a Crusie Ship and got to take Tanner for his first foray with the Stingrays. These are the most docile creatures in the sea and it is a shame that people only think of Steve Irwin being killed by one when they think about them. Tanner did great and it was a wonderful day out. This is not to be missed.

    Carren up close to a big mama Carren and Tanner pet a big female A nice UW shot I got with Carren's Sony Too many people Tanner gets his own moment up close.
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    Smith's Cove

    by bcc8 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Smith's Cove is a beautiful, protected limestone cove. The cove has a white, sandy bottom with nice coral head formations and small tropical fish. It is accessible from shore where there is a cool little picnic area.

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  • Diving, Grand Cayman Turtle...

    by anaor Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Diving, Grand Cayman Turtle Farm, Grand Cayman Nature Reserve
    Diving - lots of coral, great wall dives, many kinds of fish.

    Turtle farm - Get to see Sea Turtles up close. Only drawback is that they ask for 100$ to release a turtle to the wild...

    Nature reserve - see the wild Iguanas from up close, lots of native plants, etc.

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    7-Mile Beach

    by jonkaren3 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    7-Mile beach breath taking. The trees give a little break from the sun when needed. The depth of the water increases slowly, and it looks like a salt water swimming pool. Some areas of 7-mile beach to the south have a few rocks in the water, and on the beach.

    7-Mile Beach
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    Diving at Turtle Reef

    by diver-x Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    It's hard to beat this shore-diving location. If you're a diver, don't miss it. Like most shore-dive sites, Sun Divers offers equipment rentals, a rinse tank, drip-dry area, an outdoor shower and easy entry & exit ladders. And the reef there is one of the prettiest around. Looking out to sea, there is shallow diving (30-60 feet) just to the left of the marker buoys outside the protected entry cove. A deeper and prettier mini-wall dive (50-80 feet) is to the right. Straight out (and a rather long swim) is the deep wall.

    Note that this location used to be run by Dive Tech but they have moved down the street to a new location they are calling Lighthouse Point - and Dive Tech still has their second location at Cobalt Coast Resort. I had no complaint with Sun Divers, except that they didn't have a map of the dive site like most other dive shops. But they were quite accommodating for us since we were staying in the condos next door, they let us take their tanks off site so that we could do a night dive at our condo at Coconut Bay. Most dives shops don't let you take tanks away. We decided to enter the water at the condo and we swam south, exiting at Sun Divers. Very convenient, and we saw a good sized octopus! Great dive!

    There's also a nice little bar outside right by the ladder into the water where you can watch the divers go in and out of the water day and night. Also convenient for warming your bones if you're getting out of the water yourself!

    The entry at Turtle Reef
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    Dive Tech at Cobalt Coast Resort

    by diver-x Updated Apr 14, 2008

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    Another very pretty shore dive is the second Dive Tech location at Cobalt Coast Resort - diving open to the public. You get the same great amenities as the Lighthouse Point location (high benches for set-up, outdoor shower, fresh water dip tank for cameras, regs, etc), plus a pool and a restaurant & bar. The entry/exit is from a long, skinny wooden dock that could have used some maintenance when we were there. If the surf is up at all, it's a little difficult to exit on their ladder as you have to take your fins off and time the surge so that you get onto the ladder without getting smashed into it. But when the water is calm, this site is a pleasure! The deep wall isn't far once you drop below the surface by the marker buoys. However, the surface swim to get to the buoys is a little long. Bring a snorkel! I suggest swimming to the right if the current allows, and follow the reef fingers to the North Wall. Navigating back is easy: Follow the reef fingers back to the mini-wall and then follow the mini-wall to the marker buoys.

    You can sign one waiver and run one tab for both the Lighthouse Point and Cobalt Coast Dive Tech locations. They just call the other location to confirm information.

    Also, when we were there, they had a special going, $20 for shore diving and lunch, which is a great deal! Especially considering that rental for tanks & weights is $15 and you can't even buy groceries to make your own lunch for $5 on Grand Cayman!

    Signs and dock at Cobalt Coast
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    Shore Dive at Spanish Bay Reef

    by diver-x Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    Update: Please note that the resort at Spanish Bay is no longer in business. Looks like they didn't recover from the damage from Ivan. When we were on Grand Cayman in Feb 2008, there was talk that the resort was going to be rebuilt as a super-exclusive hotel-resort. Nobody knew if they would still allow shore diving to the public. We scoped out the location in its wrecked state, and it didn't look like anyone would stop you from diving there, but we gave it a pass since there were no facilities such as showers, rinse tank, etc. It's too bad because this is one of the best shore dives on Grand Cayman.

    Keeping my original tip in hopes the site is refurbished and open to the public soon:
    You don't have to be a guest at Spanish Bay Reef Resort to dive there. The diving there couldn't be easier and the North Wall is a short swim straight out. Steps with a railing lead you into their entry cove protected by a mini-jetty. Surface-swim over the shallows toward one of the 3 marker buoys and drop down when the reef starts to look interesting. Follow any one of the reef fingers straight down to the wall. You can easily get into trouble by going too deep, so watch your guages. Steadily go shallower and shallower back to the top of the mini-wall and your safety stop is built-in with your shallow swim back to the resort. We explored nearly every inch of reef between the 3 marker bouys on our return trips from the deep wall. There's a lot to see.

    The entry at Spanish Bay couldn't be easier.
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    Dive or Snorkel Eden Rock/Devil's Grotto

    by diver-x Updated Apr 14, 2008

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    Well, OK, it's probably one of the most over-dived sites in the world, but it's still a lot of fun! Eden Rock/Devil's Grotto is right at the George Town harbor with the cruise ships parked just a stone's throw away. Due to heavy use, the coral isn't in great shape, but there is still a lot of life. And so many fish!!! It is just like swimming in an aquarium, except in some spots there are more fish than water. But what really makes Eden Rock so much fun is the caves and chutes you can swim through and explore. Inside the caves, holes in the ceiling allow just enough light in to give each room an other-wordly atmosphere. Fish and shrimp swim upside-down along the ceilings. Schools of huge tarpon congregate in alcoves. Don't mind the crowds and the surly dive-shop staff, and don't miss Eden Rock!

    Don't mind the crowds - the dive is worth it.
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    Dive Sunset House Reef

    by diver-x Updated Aug 25, 2003

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    Sunset House is another Cayman dive resort that opens its facilities to the public. Located less than a mile south of Eden Rock on Georgetown Harbor, it also is just a stone's throw from the cruise ships. You can giant-stride off of their cement dock, or use one of their 2 ladders to enter the water. You can stay shallow or follow the coral fingers out to deep water. Keep an eye out for the Atlantis Submarine that tours the area. You will probably be the subject of many a tourist photograph. One intrepid diver was spotted hanging onto the exterior railing on the sub and taking the tour along with the dry folks. Other highlights include the 9 foot tall bronze mermaid statue sunken at about 50 feet deep, and the wreck of a small barge in the sand flats. You can rent an underwater camera here at the Cathy Church photo studio located onsite.

    Sunset House
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