Orlando, Florida, November 6, 2009 Recognized as the birthplace of recreational diving in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offers a spectacular underwater playground of pristine walls, fascinating shipwrecks, shallow reefs, and crystal waters, attracting divers from around the globe. Boasting 295 dive sites currently in Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac, it is no coincidence that Cayman is continually recognized among the top five destinations in the world for diving and snorkeling.
Scuba divers will soon have the opportunity to enjoy a different dive spot everyday in the Cayman Islands with the ongoing "Dive 365 project" which aims to develop and maintain 365 separate moorings, providing Scuba divers a new and beautiful diving choice every day of the year. The Name a Site Program will allow individuals/groups to choose a site from the list of coordinates that have been selected, and name their very own site. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-345-949-8522.
The Cayman Islands will soon create a new Scuba diving attraction with the sinking of a de-commissioned naval ship, the USS Kittiwake. To help protect its thriving marine life, this new dive site will provide a necessary relief for some of the most frequently visited dive sites. Dive 365 and the sinking of USS Kittiwake prove the Cayman Islands' commitment to protecting its reefs from environmental overuse, ensuring that many further generations can experience and enjoy the magnificent marine life unique to this Caribbean destination.
Other key environmental news includes the opening of Lighthouse Point, a totally green new dive-oriented resort. Additionally, Cobalt Coast Resort provides its guests with a list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can do on holiday to help the resort be as sustainable as possible. Cobalt Coast Resort along with other properties and attractions in Cayman including Compass Point Dive Resort and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in Grand Cayman; and Little Cayman Beach Resort and Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman, are currently undergoing the processes to become Green Globe Certified, a highly recognized and internationally respected green certification for the travel and tourism industry. In East End, Compass Point Dive Resort has enlisted one staff member from each department to form a Green Team within the resort. The team reviews the sustainability initiatives each month to ensure they are meeting their standards.
Maintaining its prominent reputation for world-class diving, the Cayman Islands will host the 2010 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame 10th Anniversary in January to honor four extraordinary individuals who have each played an important role in shaping the recreational diving industry. The event will celebrate the global diving industry and the professionals, in both Cayman and abroad, who have done so much for the sport of Scuba diving. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to mingle and spend some time underwater with Scuba Diving Hall of Famers, including Cathy Church, who was inducted into the hall of fame for her incredible contribution to the world of underwater photography. For more information on the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, visit www.internationalscubahalloffame.com.
Diving and movie buffs will have the chance to experience the surreal beauty of world-class underwater photography and film during the International Underwater Film Festival, which will be held at the Harquail Theatre in Grand Cayman on January 29.
During the weekend of January 29, 2010, dive fans will travel from far and wide to take advantage of the many festivities and the following four-day dive package:
- Roundtrip airfare from Miami, four nights accommodations, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, three days of 2-tank guided boat dives including a dive at Stingray City, unlimited shore diving, hotel tax and service charges, free use of dive computer, use of tanks, weights and belts, one film festival ticket and one ISDHF dinner ticket. To book and for more information, call 1-800-328-2288 or visit www.caradonna.com.
Whether it's a steep, deep wall adorned with spectacular corals, wrecks that are home to diverse marine life, shallow reefs filled with schooling fish, you'll always find new excitement beneath the sea in the Cayman Islands. To learn more about this world-class diving destination or to book your next diving excursion in the Cayman Islands, visit www.divecayman.ky or www.caymanislands.ky.