If you’ve dived any of the Cayman Islands, you know that their Cayman colors of fall include blue for best visibility and most marine life and green for saving money.
Get more for less when you travel July 27–October 26, 2019. Good dates still available for 7-night stays depending on resort selected.
Little Cayman has been the backdrop to many award-winning underwater photos and videos. Its great visibility, abundant marine life—much of it within 30 feet of the surface—and stunning topography provide photographers and videographers with inspirational subjects for practicing and perfecting their craft.
Interested in learning or becoming better at underwater photography? Now there’s an on-island resource for training and assistance with equipment, skills, and even post-production photo editing with the opening of Reef Divers Underwater Photo Center at Little Cayman Beach Resort.
The Photo Center is staffed by our own underwater photo pro, Tiago Peixoto, who’s available for personal coaching and wet or dry classes year-round, although we do recommend making advance arrangements. Tiago has many years of experience in underwater photography and recently completed training with Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo, renowned experts in this field, to be able to troubleshoot guests’ equipment and perform certain repairs. Some rentals are available for divers who want to “test it out” before purchase.
These are among our staff rock stars. Look for these people to help you feel at home on your next visit to one of our resorts.
One of the first big smiles guests at Cayman Brac Beach Resort normally see is Jinky’s. She’s at the front desk and has been a Bracker for about a decade and a team member at our resort for more than six years. Her career experiences, from the dining room to the front desk, make Jinky a great “go to” person when you have questions, because she likely has the answers.
Jinky’s personality and the way she approaches her job lay the groundwork for fabulous dive vacations for guests from all over the world. “It makes me feel good to know that my welcoming smile and efficiency in getting guests checked in and settled are among their first memories of our resort’s personalized services,” she says. “I want them to feel like they’ve gone from being strangers to friends—and that they’re part of our family by the time they leave.”
Jinky is originally from the Philippines. Some of her family members are also here in the Brac, including her husband. When not working, she helps out with the YMCA’s after-school program, does yoga, and gets involved in all kinds of outdoor activities, including beach clean-ups and rock climbing.
Bernie is one of five Kiwis who call Cobalt Coast Resort their home on Grand Cayman. He started diving in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he became an instructor, teaching in cold water with limited visibility. Although not optimal, those conditions helped hone his teaching skills for our warm, clear Caribbean.
He loves the underwater world off Grand Cayman because so many great sites are only short boat rides away. “It gets our guests diving comfortably and quickly,” he says. “We have so much varied topography, including canyons, walls, wrecks, and reefs all with abundant marine life, so we definitely can find something to excite every diver.”
Bernie’s goal is to ensure that all guests have safe, memorable dive “holiday” vacations—and are satisfied with the adventures and experiences he and his Reef Divers colleagues deliver. “I’ve had many amazing dives here and want to share them with our visitors.”
When not diving, Bernie enjoys venturing into town and practicing street epistemology in cordial conversations with people he meets, discussing any strongly held beliefs and their reasons for holding those beliefs.
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According to Little Cayman Reef Divers staff member Anna, Randy’s Gazebo off the island’s northwest shore never disappoints. We start this maximum 110-foot dive near the mooring, and then you have choices. For the adventurous, there’s a narrow, nearly vertical chimney that leads out through the wall with an opening to the deep blue Caribbean. Or, you can just swim out over the wall through some lush soft corals and sea fans.
The gazebo is reached about ten minutes into the dive. Although “just a big hole in the wall,” it’s one of the most photographed sites in the Bloody Bay Marine Park because of the magnificent window it offers to the sea. During the dive we find many varieties of fish, little neck crabs, sometimes sharks, and turtles almost every time.
There is a second swim-through on the way back to the mooring called the “chicken run” because it’s much less challenging than the chimney earlier in the dive. And swimming back toward the mooring, we encounter a beautiful, manmade phenomenon: tiny “champagne” bubbles rising from the reef as a result of previous divers passing through the various swim-throughs.
Anna is from the Netherlands and considers diving her form of meditation and spiritual renewal. She feels like she’s going home every time she jumps into the sea.
It never fails to delight divers when they spot the yellow jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) poking its head above the sandy rubble it calls home. Particularly exciting is finding a male with eggs in its mouth like the one pictured here. Jawfish are mouthbrooders, meaning that after courtship, the male fertilizes the eggs and then gathers them into his mouth, protecting the eggs until they hatch 7–9 days later. During this period, he will spit them out to rotate and aerate the eggs, keeping them healthy.
Here’s more you should know about jawfish:
Learn more about our marine environment and creatures from Katie Correia, Science & Education Manager at Central Caribbean Marine Institute, Little Cayman. For more information on the CCMI, visit www.reefresearch.org.