Author The Cayman Bottom Times

The Cayman Bottom Times is news collaboration by five leading dive operators to promote the superb diving of the Cayman Islands, and keep the diving public informed of important developments and events. Divetech, Ocean Frontiers, Red Sail Sports and Sunset house in Grand Cayman, and the Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman, all members of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, represent more than 100 years of solid experience in a destination that is recognized as the birthplace of recreational diving. With a unique combination of deep wall and shallow reef diving, several wrecks, and world-famous Stingray City, the Cayman Islands has cemented its place as the top diving destination in the Caribbean. Offering diverse and wide-ranging dive programs on both Grand Cayman and Little Cayman, the members of this dive group represent the best Cayman has to offer; Divetech (www.divetech.com), Ocean Frontiers (www.oceanfrontiers.com), Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman (www.redsailcayman.com), Sunset House (www.sunsethouse.com) and the Southern Cross Club (www.southerncrossclub.com). For more information on The Cayman Bottom Times contact Adela Gonzales White at Adela.G.White@comcast.net or call (941) 350-8735.

Curious reef sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, Sea Turtles, Green Morays, Tarpon, Squid, Octopus and other reef creatures populate stunning reefs and thrill divers Incredibly clear waters, striking reefs and breath-taking drop-offs, have earned the Cayman Islands a top spot on the list of best dive destinations in the world. While visitors come to enjoy historic dive sites, local divemasters say Cayman’s reef critters entertain and thrill too and are also a reason to dive Cayman. These engaging creatures most often include sea turtles, green morays, spotted eagle rays, tarpon, stingrays, octopus and all types of reef fish, including reef sharks.…

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Resort Operator is Avid Advocate for Projects that Help Protect the Environment As the largest resort watersports operator on Grand Cayman, Red Sail Sports is also a leading advocate for marine conservation. Well-trained staff and a sizeable fleet give Red Sail Sports the flexibility to support environmental programs that require volunteers and boats for beach and reef cleanups. Local conservation initiatives, such as the newly-launched non-profit Plastic Free Cayman, find a willing partner in the dive company that has been offering services on Grand Cayman for 30 years. Red Sail Sports Training Manager Beth Hiryok is helping organize monthly volunteer…

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The Southern Cross Club, Little Cayman’s original dive and fish resort, has won 2 prestigious 2018 Traveler’s Choice Awards from TripAdvisor©, the world’s largest travel planning and booking site. Based on reviews posted by travelers during the past year, the resort ranks in the top ten in the Caribbean for Customer Service and Romance. “We are thrilled and extremely proud!” said General Manager Jennifer Mills, noting that this is the third year the resort has won the award for Customer Service and the first for Romance. “These accolades clearly indicate the Southern Cross Club is maintaining a high level of…

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Island-wide beach cleanup and Grouper Moon Project bring conservationists together Conservation is always front and center to those who live and work on Little Cayman, but during the full winter moon, with researchers gathered there for the Grouper Moon Project, a study of the annual spawning of Nassau Grouper, the conservation effort expanded to include land as well as sea, with an island-wide beach cleanup over the weekend. Little Cayman resorts and businesses joined forces with researchers of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) for the cleanup. The REEF team, led by Christy Semmens, Project Coordinator and lead scientist, took time…

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After a record breaking 2017 for Cayman tourism overall, and projections for continued growth, the island’s dive operators expect 2018 to be a banner year for their industry, and they are prepared for it. As a leader in dive tourism, Cayman has always balanced responsible diving and conservation with an outstanding dive product, always keeping it fresh and exciting for discerning divers. Cayman’s dive sites, dive operators and resorts remain topnotch, and the divers who voted in the Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards agree. Three resorts, Sunset House, the Southern Cross Club and Compass Point Dive Resort, ranked in…

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Divetech, one of Cayman’s leading dive operations and recognized as the place to go in Grand Cayman for technical diving and training, is heading into 2018 on the heels of a great year and a very successful showing at the Dive Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) where industry business is booked. “We had a great DEMA,” said Divetech owner and managing partner Jo Mikutowicz. “We booked several groups for the coming year, and it was one of our best DEMA’s in a long time.” Divetech’s strong showing at DEMA, and the recent award from the readers of a popular dive…

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The U.S.S. Kittiwake, Grand Cayman’s immensely popular shipwreck, is being shaped by the sea as it undergoes its natural life cycle in the shallow waters off Seven Mile Beach. Recent rough seas moved the wreck slightly, so the Kittiwake now leans on her port side and is 10 feet deeper. Dive leaders say the ship is intact, and the Kittiwake remains a spectacular dive, only now there are new things to explore and photograph. “With all its new angles, the wreck has become an even more interesting place to swim around and navigate,” said Jo Mikutowicz, owner of Divetech. “It’s…

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Buy a luxury condo at East End’s Compass Point Dive Resort; have that dream dive vacation home you’ve always wanted, it’s easier than you think IMAGINE THIS: You are going on a much-needed dive vacation in the Cayman Islands, so you call ahead to the staff at Compass Point Dive Resort at East End. They prepare your privately-owned condo for arrival and reserve your spot on the new Ocean Frontiers dive boats. When you arrive at the resort, familiar faces welcome you home with a smile and a helping hand. With minimal baggage (you have owner storage on property) you…

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Dive leaders tout lesser-known sites: more choices for divers, stress relief for more popular sites Trinity Caves, Orange Canyon, Big Tunnel and Tarpon Alley – dramatic wall dives on Cayman’s West side that have attained legendary status among visiting divers and helped cement Cayman’s reputation as a world-class dive destination. Other sites such as Devil’s Grotto, Eden Rock and Sunset Reef are also on Cayman’s “hit list” of must-do dives on any vacation. But with 365 moored sites on all three islands, local dive leaders want to spotlight other sites worthy of being on Cayman’s Hit List. “Visiting divers can…

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Industry employees and professionals recognized for their contributions at the 2017 Cayman Islands Tourism Association Stingray Awards The dive industry workers who keep Cayman’s dive product at the top and make it a model for other destinations, were honored and recognized for their work at the 14th Annual Stingray Tourism Awards on June 20, 2017 at the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa in Grand Cayman. The annual ceremony is hosted by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) which hands out hand blown glass stingrays to the winners in 12 categories; accommodations, watersports, restaurants, attractions and transportation. CITA also hands out…

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