Cayman Adventures

Caroline Hughes, Staff Writer

The Grand Cayman Islands is a British Territory and the perfect vacation spot that has the most captivating experiences that I have ever taken part in. I got to experience some unreal activities that people are only able to experience in certain parts of the world. These are some of the things that families can do in the Cayman Islands.

Turtle Farm/Dolphin Center – There are many ways to see turtles and dolphins in Cayman but one of the easiest ways is going to the Turtle Farm/Dolphin Center. At the Dolphin Center you get to see dolphins, swim with them and feed them. At the Turtle Farm you can look at not only turtles, but birds and sharks too. You also get to snorkel with the turtles and go into the crates with the baby turtles.

Pristine beaches – The beaches in Cayman have the clearest water I have ever seen. It is a turquoise and blue mix that is beautiful, which makes the snorkeling that much more unreal. When snorkeling, you are able to see turtles, stingrays, eals, lobsters and fish that have the most vibrant colors.

Bio bay – If you do not know what a ‘Bio Bay’ is, another name for it is ‘Bioluminescence.’ The bay consists of trillions of Plankton, like the little green guy in Spongebob, per one gallon of water. Normally the ratio is smaller than that, to the point where you do not even know the Plankton are there. Plankton have a defense mechanism of shining a light when they come into contact with something that they think is going to harm them, but the kick is that each Plankton only gets to shine its spark once a day. They use the day and the sunlight to charge up to let off their light at night. When fish swim at night in the bio bay, they almost glow because millions of Plankton are lighting up when the fish come into contact with them. At night, tourists and locals are allowed to go into the bio bay to experience it. You get to snorkel in the water and watch yourself glow as you move through the water. This is a must-see if you ever go to Cayman because not only is the experience seriously magical but it is only offered in five places in the world.

These are not the only activities that you can do. Other experiences that I took part in while I was there were renting jet skis (beware of the salt water splashing in your eyes) and going to Starfish Point, along with Rum Point, to relax at the beach. Cayman has many opportunities that I think people should experience if you go there or on vacation in general.