This section provides a wealth of information on activities, tours and trips available in the Cayman Islands.
Top 10 Attractions
- Stingray City & The Sandbar (North Sound)
- Cayman Turtle Centre (West Bay)
- Collier Nature Reserve & Trail
- Crystal Caves (North Side)
- Bioluminescent Bay (North Sound)
- Starfish Point (Cayman Kai)
- Mastic Reserve & Trail (North Side)
- Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Garden (North Side)
- Pedro St. James (Savannah)
- Kittiwake Shipwreck & Artificial Reef (West Bay)
- Cayman Islands National Museum (George Town)
- Cayman Craft Market (George Town)
- Hell (West Bay)
- Tours of the Island
The attractions are great options for weekend adventures in Cayman, as well as ideas to keep all your guests entertained! Wherever you are on the Island, we provide options from West Bay to Savannah and all the highlights in-between.
For more details on tour prices, times and promotions, pick up a copy of Explore Cayman, the definitive guide for exploring Cayman, visit the Explore Cayman website, or download the free iPhone or iPad app.
For details on sporting activities for adults see the Sports & Fitness section.
Over the years, Stingray City has been covered by National Geographic (as well as many other international magazines), and has become a major attraction for Island visitors. If you are interested in diving and seeing the gorgeous coral reefs while swimming with the rays in 20ft deep water, Stingray City is the best place to visit. For an up close and personal encounter where you can walk in waist deep water with the stingrays, you may want to choose The Sandbar.Read More
Cayman Turtle Centre (West Bay)
Since 1968, the Cayman Turtle Centre has released more than 32,000 captive bred and raised sea turtles back into the sea to help replenish Cayman’s wild population.
The Centre, which is dedicated to the conservation and education of the Green Sea Turtle, is home to approximately 7,000 turtles, ranging in size from six ounce hatchlings to 500lbs adult turtles.
During your visit to the Centre you can learn about the turtles in the exhibits, the breeding and rearing process, touch and snorkel with the turtles and reef fish, swim in the freshwater pool and visit hatchlings during the nesting season. You will also be exposed to local and regional wildlife, such as flora along the nature trail, the Cayman Parrot in the aviary, sharks in the predator exhibit and their rescued crocodile.
Collier Nature Reserve & Trail
The National Trust founded the Colliers Wilderness Reserve in 2011 with the help of the European Union’s BEST grant-funding scheme. The reserve boasts 190-acres of Blue Iguana territory. The easy walking trail allows visitors to observe the iguanas and other animals in their natural habitat.
Walk through dry rocky woodland (phytokarst) and observe many different species of Cayman’s fauna as well as fungi, lichens, birds and other creatures. The entrance is located a mile inland from the coastal East End Road, Austin Conolly Drive.
Cayman naturalist, Ann Stafford offers tours of the reserve. Contact CaymANNature Tours on (345) 925 2760.
Crystal Caves (North Side)
The Crystal Caves offers local guides that educate visitors on the history of the caves starting from their creation to when they became the hiding place of pirate treasure. It is one of the Island's newest natural tourist attractions.
Tours take you through the surrounding tropical forest area and around the network of three caves. You will see the open-ceiling cave, the roots cave and the tour will culminate in a visit to a crystal clear underground lake. Call (345) 949 CAVE (2283) to arrange a visit.
There are only a handful of destinations where you can experience the Bioluminescence phenomenon and Cayman is fortunate enough to be one of them!
Bioluminescence is the emission of light from the extremely high concentrations of bioluminescent phytoplankton that live in the water. When disturbed, they emit a burst of light flash lasting a fraction of a second. This light emission is used as protection to scare predators. Companies you can contact to take you into the bio bay when there is very little moon (and the best time to go) include Cayman Kayaks (345-926 4467), Crazy Crab (345-927 2722), Sea Elements (345-936 8687), The Sweet Spot (345-925 8129) and White Sand Water Sports (345-938 7263).
The Bioluminescent Bay is located on the North Side of Grand Cayman. It is a 10-15 minute kayak from Rum Point, Starfish Point and Kaibo, and approximately a 45 minute ride by boat from Seven Mile Beach.
This secluded area is perfect for a Sunday picnic. The shallow and clear water is suitable for the whole family.
Starfish Point is named after the many wild starfish that once populated the area. Now only a few remain and it is vital that we do not harm them.
Starfish Point is located on Water Cay Road, North Side. To get to the water you will need to park in the open lot at the end of the road and walk the rest of the way. You’ll know that you are there when you can see the shallow water from shore.
Starfish Point is approximately an hour drive from Seven Mile Beach and 10 minutes from Kaibo and Rum Point. There is no admission fee. For much more information about Starfish Point see this page.
The Mastic Reserve was originally founded in 1992 when 145 acres were donated for nature conservation to the National Trust. The reserve now protects 834 acres of lowland semi-deciduous forest, wetlands and is a core habitat for many of the Island’s unique animals, birds and plants.
The area is traversed by the historic Mastic Trail, which is a wilderness path meandering through a variety of natural habitats. Some of Cayman’s rarest trees can be seen here including mahogany, ironwood and West Indian cedar as well as wild orchids and medicinal plants. Geological features such as sink holes, jagged limestone bedrock and splits can also be seen along the trail.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Garden (North Side)
This 65-acre site is made up of five themed gardens, woodland trails, a lake and wetlands, a nursery, and visitor’s centre.
It is home to the endangered Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, the rare Ghost Orchid, the Banana Orchid (Cayman’s national flower), the Cayman Parrot (Cayman’s national bird), various native and endemic butterflies and much more.
You can explore the Heritage Garden and learn how Caymanians lived in days of old; take a stroll through the Colour Garden, the Palm Walk, the Xerophytic Garden or Orchid Conservation Area, or just relax and picnic by the pond with the West Indies Whistling Ducks – a favourite place for birdwatching.
The park is also home to Grand Cayman's famed "Blue Dragons". Once numbering in the tens of thousands, by 2001 there were thought to be fewer than 25 Blue Iguanas left in the wild. Take part in the Blue Iguana Safari, a 45 minute walking tour where you will learn about the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme and meet some of the programme's star breeders.
Pedro St. James (Savannah)
The Great House at Pedro St. James, also known as ‘Pedro Castle’, is the oldest known stone structure in the Cayman Islands. It was built using slave labour in 1780 as the great house for mariner and plantation owner William Eden.
Set over seven acres, the site encompasses a three-storey, early 18th
century home with its accompanying outbuildings, palm lined walkways, a manicured great lawn and spectacular views of the sea.
A former submarine rescue vessel that served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1994, the Ex-USS Kittiwake now wallows at a depth of 62ft in Cayman's clear waters.
The wreck attracts around 20,000 divers and snorkellers a year. Divers can discover the crew's quarters, the recompression chamber, ammunition lockers and even the heads (bathrooms) - complete with mirrors.
Snorkellers also enjoy visits to the Kittiwake, as the stack lies just 15ft from the surface, allowing them to straight down to the bottom of the hull and into the engine room. Experienced snorkellers can even try free diving down to take the wheel in the wheel house.
The wreck attracts an abundance of marine life, including schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, eagle rays, the resident barracuda, groupers and much more!
The ship is situated in a Marine Park, which is a protected area that was set up to keep Cayman's marine life and coral healthy. Read more to get informed about the various rules and regulations to abide when visiting the Kittiwake.
Cayman Islands National Museum (George Town)
The Cayman Islands National Museum is located in Cayman’s oldest public building, the Old Courts building in George Town.
Permanent exhibits showcase Cayman’s art and traditions, cultural and natural history, including boats, furniture, textiles, paintings and ceramics.
Many of the Museum’s exhibits are interactive and include a simulated submarine showing our marine species and habitats, a 3D bathymetric map showing Cayman’s location in the Caribbean, a life-like talking animatronic figure, and an audiovisual introduction to Cayman’s history, environment and people.
There are changing galleries that features information on a variety of cultural history, natural history and local art-related topics.
Cayman Craft Market (George Town)
Located on the corner of Boilers Road and South Church Street in George Town, the craft market brings together visitors and the local artisans who create and display unique Caymanian art, jewellery, craft souvenirs, recycled treasures made from soda cans and recycled paper as well as locally made jams, jellies and cooked food.
Here you will find items made from leather, thatch, wood, shells, Caymanite and Black Coral. Stick around a while and you can watch the local artisans at work making crafts from local materials.
Hell (West Bay)
This site consists of rugged blackened limestone, estimated to be 10-15 million years old. The jagged formations show the Island’s geographical evolution and are made up of fossils that are still embedded in the rocks.
It is named “Hell” due to its resemblance to what one may picture hell to look like. There is a post office where you can mail a postcard with a Hell postmark to prove you have been to Hell and back! Although it is a unique experience, guests usually only spend about 10 minutes there, unless they are fascinated with geology.
Rather than hopping from attraction to attraction, these tour companies offer unique ways you can explore the Cayman Islands in greater depth. From speeding down the roads in East End on a motorcycle to soaring above the Island in a helicopter, there is something for each individual and every budget.Read More