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Hello,
 
Here in the Cayman Islands, spring is in full swing and we are excited to bring you our latest news and specials that are sure to get you planning your next trip here in the warmth of the Caribbean summer sun!
 
 
CARIBBEAN'S FIRST 'SCUBA MILE' IN GRAND CAYMAN!
 
Cayman Scuba Mile
 
As a part of this year's annual Flowers Sea Swim, Red Sail Sports, along with Aqua Lung and DAN, will be hosting the Caribbean's first Scuba Mile Relay Race in Grand Cayman! All proceeds from the Cayman Scuba Mile will go to the Special Olympics Cayman Islands (SOCI) when teams of four divers come together to race for a cause on June 15th. Register between now and May 31st to become a part of Scuba history!

For more information, click here: www.redsailcayman.com/scubamile.
 
 
ONE-WAY ESCAPE TO PARADISE
 
Cayman Airways
 
Cayman Airways, the National Flag Carrier of the Cayman Islands, just made your summer a little hotter with a fresh sale on one-way tickets from New York (JFK) to Grand Cayman starting at just $162! Let go of your inhibitions by booking your ticket between now and May 3rd for travel until June 19th to enjoy a Caymankind summer.

To book, call 1-800-4-CAYMAN or visit: www.caymanairways.com/specials.
 
 
SUMMER ONLY IN CAYMAN
 
Summer Only in Cayman
 
Contemplating your family's summer vacation? Visit us in the Cayman Islands where you can enjoy countless discounts such as a fifth night free at various accommodations partners and more at participating restaurants, retailers, watersports and dive operators! The on-island specials can be redeemed simply by showing the "Only in Cayman" savings card, which will be distributed upon check-in from June 1st to September 1st. Only in Cayman will you find such incredible deals for you and your family to enjoy.That's Caymankind.
 
For more information, click here: www.onlyincayman.com.
 
 
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE PROFILE: PETRA ROEGLIN & ROLF SCHMIDT
 
Rolf Schmidt & Petra Roeglin
 
The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame has officially announced its 2013 Inductees to be honoured in the Cayman Islands on November 12th. This month, we are pleased to feature inductees Petra Roeglin and Rolf Schmidt. Petra Roeglin and Rolf Schmidt, who are being recognised for their thirty-year career as the leading developers and operators of diving centres at four locations on the Sinai Coast of the Red Sea.

Whether they made significant strides in marine research and tourism, or portrayed vivid scenes from the underwater world for the masses, each of the 2013 inductees have their own stories to be told.
 
For more information, click here: www.scubahalloffame.com.
 
 
APRIL REEF REPORT: RAY PLAY
 
April REEF Report: Ray Play
 
Each year, thousands of divers and snorkelers flock to the Cayman Islands to swim with rays. How much do you know about the most popular species of rays found in the Cayman Islands?

Southern Stingrays (Dasyatis americana) are the most commonly sighted ray in the Cayman Islands and are the famous residents of the destinations number 1 attraction Stingray City. These cartilaginous fish are brownish-gray with a white underside and are usually seen alone or in pairs in sandy areas. Southern Stingrays are often seen foraging along the bottom for crustaceans hiding in the sand. Although these large stingrays are not aggressive towards divers, they do have venomous spines at the base of their tail for self-defence. When snorkelling and diving, look for diamond shapes on the sandy bottom - it might be a hidden Southern Stingray that has buried itself in the sand!
 
Brought to you by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF): www.reef.org.
 
 
KIDS SEA CAMP WITH DIVETECH
 
Stingray City
 
This summer, give your kids a week they'll never forget! From July 13-20 or 20-27, Divetech at Cobalt Coast Resort in Grand Cayman will host the 10th annual Kids Sea Camp for children ages 5 and up with special attention to the kids that are divers or will become divers this year. While you're out exploring the walls and reefs of Cayman, your kids are enrolled in fully supervised water-based programmes learning how to dive. Don't delay, book this family vacation today!

 
For more information, visit: www.divetech.com/files/KSC.htm.
 
 
COME SAY HELLO!
 
Caymanians
 
While we would love to see you visit us here in the Cayman Islands, we're always on the road. Below are some of the upcoming shows that you can find us at - come say hello!

Date Show Location
April 30 - May 2, 2013 Cayman Islands Tourism Exchange (CITE) Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
April 30 - May 4 - 5, 2013 North California Dive & Travel Expo Santa Clara, California, USA
 
 
 
DID YOU KNOW?: BLUE IGUANAS
 
Blue Iguana
 
Did you know that the Blue Iguana is indigenous to the Cayman Islands? In 2002, less than twenty-five wild Blue Iguanas remained bringing the species to the brink of extinction. Thanks to the efforts of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme (BIRP) to save these intriguing animals, hundreds of captive-bred Blue Iguanas have been released into a preserve on Grand Cayman. As of April 2013, there are an estimated 750 Blue Iguanas on the reserve equating to 75% of the BIRP's numeric goal for wild Blue Iguanas! With a further release planned for later this year by the programme, it is expected that this number will rise over 800.
 
For more information on the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme and its progress, visit: www.blueiguana.ky.
 
 
DIVE SITE OF THE MONTH:
HAMMERHEAD HOLE, WEST SIDE, GRAND CAYMAN
 
Hammerhead Hole
 
This deep dive features a large coral pinnacle jutting out from the wall, which is covered in excellent coral growth. With a maximum depth of 98 feet, the chances of seeing spotted eagle rays and hammerhead sharks are very high along with large numbers of parrotfish and ballan wrasses.

For more information, please visit: www.divecayman.ky/365.
 
 
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