This half-day tour lets you get to grips with Grand Cayman’s main cultural hotspots in one fell swoop. After leaving from the pier in an air-conditioned coach, you’ll take a scenic drive along the south coast, as your guide fills you in on the history of the island and its people. Your first stop is Pedro’s Castle – an 18th-century plantation house that went on to serve as the meeting place for Grand Cayman’s first elected parliament. After a guided tour, you’ll head on to the original capital of the Cayman Islands – Bodden Town. Here, you’ll stop at the Botanical Gardens. This real-life Garden of Eden is bursting with exotic plants and reptiles – even the endangered blue iguana lives here. Once you’ve had a good stroll around the grounds, it’s time to head back to the pier and meet your ship.
On this trip, the phrase sub-standard views has a positive meaning. After boarding the Atlantis Submarine, you’ll dive to a depth of 100 foot to explore the sea bed. This is deeper than any beginners’ scuba dive would take you. From the portals on either side of your vessel, you’ll be able to look out on Grand Cayman’s marine park. Shoals of mercury-coloured tarpon and schools of silverside fish make regular appearances in the water here, as do muscly grouper fish. If you’re lucky, you’ll also catch a stingray or a sea turtle cutting a course through the water. The highlight of the trip has to be the World Famous Cayman Wall. It boasts to be the best dive site in the world, with a host of different coloured coral. And with moray eels, lobsters and plenty of tropical fish its pretty impressive stuff.
Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands. On this trip, you’ll explore three towns, including the capital city and a coastal town called Hell – yes, Hell. You’ll meet your guide at the port and head first to Camana Bay – a high-end waterfront town. Here, you’ll head to the top of a 75-foot-tall observation tower, where you can snap some photos of the coast. Next, you’ll drive along Seven Mile Beach – one of the most popular sandy strips in the Caribbean – to Hell. On the way, you’ll get a glimpse of the Governor’s Mansion – a swish, whitewashed villa that’s home to the Cayman Islands’ head of state. When you arrive in Hell, you’ll take a look at its collection of black, tooth-shaped rock formations. They look like they belong in the underworld, and that’s how the town got its gloomy name. You’ll also be able to send a souvenir postcode to your friends and family from the crimson-coloured post office. When you’re done, you’ll head back to the port, stopping off in George Town for a chance to shop for souvenirs like seashell jewellery and bottles of rum.
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