About 80 miles northeast of Grand Cayman, and just five miles away from Cayman Brac, Little Cayman is the smallest and most serene of the Cayman Islands. It is only 10 miles long and a mile wide, and rises only 40 feet above sea level. The small airport runway is grass and gravel, and nothing larger than a turbo-prop lands there. With a population of less than 120 year-round residents, and a scattering of hotels, condos and dive operators,
the activities of people seem to take a back seat to the rhythms of nature. In fact, the activities of people revolve around nature, with birdwatching, hiking, fishing and, of course, diving, the primary focus. Even so, you will not be deprived of creature comforts here. Restaurants run from the fine to the quaint, there are sports bars, television, modern phone service and e-mail.

Little Cayman is famous for its wall diving. The prime examples are found at Bloody Bay Marine Park, on the northwest coast, which encompasses Bloody Bay and Jackson's Bay and the multitude of breathtaking wall sites in them. Less-often visited by divers than many sites off Grand Cayman, Little Cayman diving is pristine and dramatic. Huge sponges in riotous colors compete with Black Coral and sea fans for space along the walls, and swim-throughs, canyons and tunnels break up the terrain. Reef life includes myriad
tropicals, and pelagics, such as sharks, turtles and Eagle Rays.

The natural experiences of Little Cayman can be relaxing or thrilling, as you choose, and there are just enough amenities to make you feel at home. There is nowhere better to get away
from it all.

 


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