GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- Diving is never far from the surface
in the Cayman Islands.
Several smaller properties that cater to the dive crowd are
offering spring and summer specials.
Cayman Brac, 90 miles northeast of Grand Cayman and an hour by
air, has wall diving off both the north and south shores.
The sloping northern wall features a variety of sponge and
The southern wall is topped by corals, with sheer drop-offs and
plenty of tunnels and grottoes.
Smaller properties with dive programs include:Beacon Harbor, within walking distance of Stake Bay, has diving
and snorkeling from shore.
A 20% discount is available through Aug. 30, which reduces the
six-night rate to $1,035, double.
Call (956) 544-4396 or visit www.beaconharbor.com for details.Discounted rates, valid through April 30 at Walton's Mango
Manor, include daily breakfast and snorkeling gear.
To book, call (345) 948-0518 or visit www.waltonsmangomanor.com.
Grand Cayman's 150 dive sites line the four shores of the
The most popular dive region is found off Seven Mile Beach on
Grand Cayman's West End, where the drop-off starts in 50 feet of
Most sites are within 15 minutes of the major resorts and range
from shallow coral grottoes to sheer walls and coral archways.
Although Grand Cayman's East End is exposed to more wind, surf
and current than the West End, divers will view dramatic coral
formations, dolphins and rays.
Dive shops in Grand Cayman offer occasional trips to the North
Wall, which starts in 70 feet of water and is lined with pinnacles
topped by black corals.
The exposed South Wall is visited only when weather makes it
unsafe to dive elsewhere.
The best diving is found in the deep coral formations.
Properties with dive specials include the following:In June and July, the 59-room Sunset House offers free
certification courses for children between ages 10 and 14 when
their parents get certified.
Four-night rates from Aug. 15 through October start at $499 per
person, double, and include two-tank boat dives, unlimited shore
diving, daily breakfasts and transfers.
To book, call (877) 854-3230. The Web site is www.sunsethouse.com.The 115-room Sleep Inn Hotel is located on Seven Mile Beach, a
15-minute walk from George Town.
Rates start at $99 per person, per night, double, from April 1
to Dec. 21 and include a two-tank dive and breakfast.
To book, call (800) SLEEP-INN or visit www.caymaninnandresort.com.
Little Cayman, nine miles west of Cayman Brac, has 100 full-time
residents, few telephones and one main industry -- diving.
Bloody Bay and Jackson Walls on the north shore start in waters
as shallow as 20 feet. The slope changes dramatically where the two
walls meet.Paradise Divers/Paradise Villas offers six-night plans with
daily diving from from $1,039 per person, double.
To book, call (877) 3-CAYMAN.
The Web site is www.paradisevillas.com.