Smaller and less developed than Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac is known as a nature lover's paradise. The waters of the Cayman Islands have some of the best dive conditions in the Caribbean, with excellent visibility and few currents, making Cayman Brac a suitable destination for divers of all levels. Participants will help build REEF's fish survey database in this lesser-dived area during a week of citizen science and fish surveys. With plenty of land-based activities including cave explorations and hiking, Cayman Brac is also a great destination for non-divers.
Project Focus: This purpose of this trip is to conduct fish surveys to support REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Click here to learn more about participating in fish surveys on a REEF Field Survey Trip!
Best Suited For: Divers, snorkelers, or non-divers. There is minimal current in the Cayman Islands and most sites have some shallows areas suitable for snorkelers. There are plenty of activities for non-divers as well, including biking, hiking, exploring caves, relaxing by the pool, or visiting the resort spa.
Accommodations: All rooms at the resort face the pool and the beach. Rooms have one king or two full beds. All rooms are air-conditioned and have ceiling fans, private bathrooms with hair dryer, soap, shampoo, and conditioner, coffeemaker, TV, and Wi-Fi.
Diving: The trip package includes 17 total boat dives, including 6 days of 2-tank morning dives, and 5 days of 1-tank PM dives. Dive computers are required for all divers. If you do not have one, the complimentary use of dive computer is included in the package. Average water temperature is 80-82 degrees Fahrenheit. Reef Divers is the onsite dive operator at the resort and offers valet diving. The dive staff will change tanks and rinse and store gear for participants.
Trip Leader: Alli Candelmo, Ph.D. is REEF's Conservation Science Manager. She has studied the population dynamics and management strategies of invasive lionfish in the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos and worked with the local stakeholders and communities on both islands to help improve removal efforts and gain a better understanding of invasive lionfish. She is also a member of the field research team for the Grouper Moon Project.
Pricing, Inclusions, and Other Fees
$1,695 per diver based on double occupancy in a beach view room.
$1,948 per diver based single occupancy in a beach view room. *Single occupancy is available by request only. If interested in single occupancy, please inquire for availabilty.
Your Package Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 6 days of boat dives (6 days of 2-tank AM dives, 5 days of 1-tank PM dives), weights, and weight belts, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, airport transfers, welcome rum punch, resort fees, taxes, and gratuities (not including dive gratuities.)
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and REEF survey materials. The REEF Program Fee applies to all divers and any attendee age 18 or older.
Additional Fees - Not Included: All flights and associated travel to and from Cayman Brac, beverages (alcoholic and non), optional Nitrox for $12 per tank, optional rental gear.Gratuities for the dive crew are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion.
To reserve your space, email trips@REEF.org or call 305-588-5869. A $500 per person deposit will be due to confirm your reservation. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
Cayman Islands Travel Info
Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
How to Get There: Participants are responsible for booking flights to/from Cayman Brac (CYB), arriving on Saturday, Oct. 2 and departing on Saturday, Oct. 9. Most itineraries will include a layover in Grand Cayman prior to flying to Cayman Brac.
Transfers: Transfers are included in the package. REEF will collect flight info before the trip departure date to arrange airport transfers.
Passports, Documentation and Visas: Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. U.S. citizens require a passport that is valid beyond the date of their return ticket. Please consult the appropriate consulate for specific travel regulations and to ensure that you have the correct documentation.