The lionfish, with its plume of spiky tentacles, is beautiful — but it’s an eco-disaster for the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, where it has depleted native fish populations and is killing the coral reefs.
The Big Draw Festival at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
October is Big Draw month in over 20 countries, with 280,000 people expected to join in over 1000 events. The Big Draw offers thousands of enjoyable, and mostly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, galleries, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators and each other.
This year Big Draw events at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) will highlight the power of drawing through the theme It’s Our World.
Cruise ship anchor dragged across dive site destroying 11,500 square feet of coral; Dive community comes together for what could be a marathon restoration project
Some of the biggest names in the industry to be on hand in the Cayman pavilion to greet the public and share love of diving.
Four rooms available now, 22 by the end of 2015 – the goal is to enhance the visitor’s dive vacation experience by showing them the underwater world through the eyes of experts
When Red Sail Sports opened its doors for business in Grand Cayman more than 25 years ago, management made community involvement one of its core principles, and this summer the company continued to demonstrate this commitment by focusing its contributions to assist youth sport and a variety of selected charities. Parent company the Red Sail Group contributed financially to the Special Olympics Cayman Islands, the Six4Hospice Challenge and Sail Sports participated in summer youth programmes.
On Friday 22 August, Cayman Connection UK, a non-profit organization providing a platform for Caymanian students to network and connect in the UK, hosted its first reception in the Cayman Islands to celebrate the launch of it’s website.
On Thursday, 7 August, the Ministry and Department of Tourism hosted a welcome luncheon for players, coaches and chaperones participating in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) inaugural Girls’ Under-15 championship competition taking place in the Cayman Islands from 6-17 August 2014.
The Central Caribbean Marine Institute collaborating with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment was awarded a 2-year grant from the Darwin Initiative to protect and increase biodiversity of coral reefs. The project is exploring effective ways of increasing the endangered staghorn coral.
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa hosted the prestigious Cayman Stingray Tourism Awards for its 11th anniversary where the tourism’s best of the best gathered together to commend those that have excelled in the hospitality industry. The evening saw a dazzling array of individuals from all sectors of Cayman’s tourism industry including Accommodations, Allied, Attractions and Transportation, Restaurants and Watersports.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Commercial operators and private vessel owners can now licence their vessel for the Kittiwake Marine Park for the upcoming licencing year (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015). The simple process involves the following steps:
Recognition by the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals comes after rigorous application process; first time a watersports operation receives the award
Famed for its spectacular diving and professional dive industry, Cayman is also proud of its reputation as an accessible and reliable destination for disabled divers.
CULL #11 Rackam and Stack’em was the second lionfish tournament organized this year by CULL (Cayman United Lionfish League) which saw another great turn out with spearing enthusiasts doing their best to rid Cayman’s fragile reefs of the voracious pests.
Dive Operator’s “Green Shorts Challenge” keeps guests coming back for more East End diving year after year
Since sculpture was sunk April 12, more than 750 divers have visited Cayman’s newest dive site
Majority of lionfish purchased by local chef who prepares delicious new dishes for customers. “Lionfish are beautiful, resilient and strong – a cool fish - but they are deadly to our reefs and if we don’t stop them something bad is going to happen,” says Matt Russell a divemaster/instructor at Ocean Frontiers who has watched the invasion with deep concern for the marine environment.
The Cayman Islands is pleased to announce the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) International Inductees and Early Pioneer for 2014. Based in the Cayman Islands, the ISDHF annually recognizes members of the dive community whose contributions have been outstanding to the world of scuba diving.
The Cayman Islands is pleased to welcome the long anticipated news of reduced Air Passenger Duty (APD) for long haul visitors from the United Kingdom. APD is an excise duty which is charged to passengers flying from a United Kingdom airport.
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has had an effective succession planning programme in place for many years. Continued positive success from the program has seen two members of staff transition into management roles. Mrs. Ruth Myles and Ms. Annick Jackman have been promoted to Manager, Public Relations and Manager, National Promotions & Events respectively.
Ocean Frontiers, dive operator at the Compass Point Resort on Grand Cayman’s remote East End, was rate done of the world’s Best Dive Operations, and the best in Cayman, by Scuba Diving readers in the 2014 Top 100 Gold List Awards. The Cayman Islands were rated No. 1 for Best Overall Destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic.
Demonstrating the strength of the destination amongst travellers, a record-breaking number of visitors were welcomed to the Cayman Islands in 2013 according to visitor arrival statistics released by the Department of Tourism.
5th Annual event in Grand Cayman is a good place for all levels of underwater photographers to learn from the best in the dive business
The official Cayman Islands Facebook page, @VisitCaymanIslands recently sat down with a paralympic athlete Ryan Chalmers as he prepared for an unprecedented feat. On Saturday, April 6, Ryan kicked off his 'Push Across America' in Los Angeles. Raising awareness and funds for Stay-Focused, a non-profit organisation providing disabled teens and young adults with motivating scuba dive programmes in the Cayman Islands, Chalmers will push his racing chair the equivalent of two to three marathons per day to complete his 71- day journey from Los Angeles to New York City.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (30 May, 2011)The Department of Tourism would like to congratulate Luigi Moxam and Kamala Murugesu on their selection as the hosts of the Department of Tourism’s You Tube video series.
Cayman Island Dive Operators are offering a special to help the Cayman Islands ‘manage’ the invasion of the red lionfish, by providing educedcourse fees to visitors and residents this fall. With recent approval from the Marine Conservation Board several months ago, Cayman’s dive operators are now able to teach the PADI Lionfish Tracker Distinctive Specialty course, and upon completion, guests receive the PADI c-card plus the local lionfish culling license.