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Welcome to this month's eBuddy newsletter. For absolute beginners or seasoned dive-masters, the Cayman Islands is the perfect dive destination, ensuring exhilaration at every stroke. We invite you to dive in and enjoy!
 
 
JETBLUE SOARS INTO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS!
 
JetBlue Plane
 
JetBlue Airways is launching two new services to the Cayman Islands! Commencing in November 2012, the US based airline known for its award-winning service and low fares, will operate a year round, non-stop service from New York, as well as a seasonal service from Boston.
 
Just in time for winter travel, the airline will serve Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) with three times weekly service on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Saturday service from Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS) beginning on Nov. 17, 2012.
 
Grand Cayman will be JetBlue's 74th destination and the much anticipated new service will provide even more choice, flexibility and value for travellers looking to swap their winter blues for the warm, blue Caribbean Sea.
 
To book, contact your travel professional or visit www.jetblue.com/vacations/grand-cayman-vacations/
 
 
PHOTO VIDEO TEK WEEK
 
Diving at Cayman
Photo: Lawson Wood
 
Join Divetech & Cobalt Coast Dive Resort for world class diving on the North Wall & Northwest Point August 25 - September 1, 2012 where sheer walls and hundreds of dive sites await you including the world famous Kittiwake wreck! You'll dive with Pros in the Photo and Video world, and meet many of the Who's Who in the technical diving world also!
 
The fall offers laid back diving and you'll get a chance to test out the latest in underwater housings, strobes and cameras from Reef Photo & Video and Nauticam. Dive with Stephen Frink, Ryan Canon, Chris Parsons and Curt Bowen and learn about new products and technologies, or test out a Semi or fully Closed Circuit Rebreather! This event is open to recreational and technical OC and CCR divers, with profiles for everyone from shallow reefs to sheer deep walls & wrecks. New photo buffs and experienced shooters are all welcome! $2160 CCR Diver; $2210 OC Diver.
 
For more information, visit: www.divetech.com, www.cobaltcoast.com, or call 1-888-946-5656
 
 
SUNSET HOUSE BECOMES A TOP TRAINING CENTER!
 
International Yacht Training
 
Sunset House, Grand Cayman's hotel for divers, by divers, has become one of the first dual International Yacht Training (IYT) and Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Training Centers in the world. They'll be offering programs and courses to anyone who is interested in becoming a dive professional, as well as dive boat Captains, and are authorized to train and certify non-related candidates. Enroll in a course today!
 
For more information, please visit www.sunsethouse.com/IYT.php
 
 
CITA'S UNDERWATER PHOTO COMPETITION
 
Underwater Photo
Photo: Lawson Wood
 
Calling all underwater photographers - professionals and amateurs alike! The Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) is once again hosting its Underwater Photography Competition in conjunction with the 8th Annual International Underwater Film Festival, and invites you - local or visitor - to submit your underwater photos from now until October 29th for the chance to win the competition! All photos must be taken in the Cayman Islands.
 
For more information, click here: www.cita.ky/photocompetition
 
 
ARE YOU A SINGLE TRAVELLER NEEDING A DIVE BUDDY?
 
Aggressor fleet logo
 
Cayman Aggressor IV offers Single Travellers Week September 1 - 8, 2012. The special promotion is a great opportunity for visitors to have a good time, meet other divers who are single travellers and perhaps become lifelong dive buddies. The beautiful 110 ft. dive yacht offers packages that include all chef prepared meals, snacks, 5 1/2 days of unlimited diving (day and night), private staterooms with heads/showers for 18 guests, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer, wine and FREE SSI Advanced Adventurer Course. Diving on the Kittiwake is also FREE as the Aggressor Fleet is a Kittiwake Lifetime Medallion sponsor.
 
For more information visit www.aggressor.com, email info@aggressor.com or call 800-348-2628 or 706-993-2531.
 
 
CAYMAN SUMMER SPLASH!
 
Boy and girl
 
There's still time to dive into the Cayman Islands during Cayman Summer Splash and discover all that is Caymankind! By booking a minimum 5-night stay, you'll receive the 5th night FREE and a sumptuous $100 resort credit. Kids will also have a chance to attend Cayman Islands Sea School where they will learn about our famed marine environment and how to protect it. Don't delay, book today!
 
For more information, visit www.caymansummersplash.com
 
 
FALL IN LOVE...
 
Fall in Love
 
It couldn't be easier to "Fall in Love with Cayman" when you book your travel to the Cayman Islands during this seasonal promotion between September and November. Find your Caymankind of love and enjoy exceptional offers that will rekindle your passions or make you fall in love with the Cayman Islands! Take advantage of discounts and 2-for-1 offers at participating hotels, attractions and dining specials.
 
Visit www.fallinlovecayman.com for more information on how you can Fall in Love with Cayman.
 
 
SAVE THE DATE: PIRATES WEEK INVADES AGAIN!
 
Pirates Week
 
Celebrating 35 years of heritage and culture! Join us in the Cayman Islands for Pirates Week 2012 from November 8 - 18 as we parade through the streets of George Town, chase pirates through Bodden Town, North Side, East End, West Bay and of course Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The swashbuckling festivities include the float parade, cardboard boat race, sea swims, 5K walks/runs, turtle releases and so much more during this island-wide revelry.
 
For information on packages, please visit www.caymanislands.ky/piratesweek
 
 
HIGH ACCOLADES FOR CAYMAN PROPERTIES
 
Cayman Islands Awards
 
The Cayman Islands continues to receive accolades for being the Best in the Caribbean by travellers who have vacationed with us.
 
The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, on Grand Cayman's famed Seven Mile Beach has been voted by Starwood Preferred Guest members as the Beach and Best Family Experience Resort for 2012. Considering that there are more than 1,000 Starwood hotels and resorts throughout the world, this is an extremely high honour.
 
Other top honours include:
  • The Reef Resort was featured in as one of the 10 best All-Inclusive Family Resorts in the Caribbean!
  • The Southern Cross Club earned the TripAdvisor 2012 certificate of Excellence
  • The Sunshine Grill was named the TripAdvisor number 1 Hidden Gem
Congratulations to all these magnificent properties on your prestigious awards!
 
For more information booking your Cayman Islands vacation, please visit www.caymanislands.ky
 
 
DIVE SITE OF THE MONTH:
CARIBBEAN CLUB SAND CHUTE, GRAND CAYMAN
 
Dive site of the month: Caribbean Club Sand Chute, Grand Cayman
 
Want to go for a spectacular dive experience? Well come and experience the Caribbean Club Sand Chute is opposite of the Caribbean Club, and you can access by boat. You will find stingrays; the occasional spotted eagle ray foraging for mollusks and worms. A nice site to dive. Don't miss the large black coral at the apex of the reef.
 
 
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