From walls adorned with spectacular corals, wrecks that are home to a diverse array of marine life, or shallow reefs teeming with tropical fish species, the dive sites of Grand Cayman will delight REEF surveyors. Participants may take advantage of the unlimited shore diving directly in front of Sunset House. While Grand Cayman has hundreds of dive sites, this destination also has plenty of activities to enjoy during surface intervals or to entertain non-divers, including Stingray City, Pedro St. James National Historic Site, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, and the stunning 7 Mile Beach, a short taxi ride from Sunset House.
Project Focus: The 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 and snorkelers. While Sunset House is known for catering to divers, the home reef has excellent snorkeling and there are plenty of topside activities available in Grand Cayman.
Accommodations: Sunset House offers two different accommodation types. Their courtyard room has two queen beds, air conditioning, private bathrooms, digital cable TV, a mini fridge, and a coffee maker, as well as either a walk-in patio or balcony. Their ocean-view rooms offer more space, with two Queen beds or two King-size, digital cable TV, fridge, microwave, and a private balcony or patio looking out through the palm trees to the sparkling Caribbean Sea!
Diving: The trip package includes six days of 2-tank boat dives. Unlimited shore diving is available at Sunset House's reef. Unlimited Nitrox can be added for certified dives at a cost of $200 for the week. The average water temperature in Grand Cayman during the time of the trip is approximately 80 F.
Pricing, Inclusions, and Other Fees
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Your Package Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving at Sunset House, daily made-to-order breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, welcome cocktail, taxes, service charges, tanks, weights, and weight belts.
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: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights and associated travel to and from Grand Cayman, meals other than breakfast, additional dives outside of the package inclusions, and optional rental gear. Optional unlimited Nitrox for certified divers can be added for $200 by request. Gratuities 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 should make arrangements to fly into Grand Cayman (GCM), arriving on Saturday, September 28, and departing the following Saturday, October 5. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants.
Transfers: Transfers are included in the trip package. Guests will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the Sunset House via taxi.
Passports, Documentation and Visas: Visitors are required to have a return ticket and a current passport that is valid beyond the date of their return ticket. Residents of certain countries may need a valid visa to enter the Cayman Islands. Sunset House has a detailed page about documentation for visiting the Cayman Islands. Click here for more information.
COVID-19 Considerations: It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that they understand and comply with all local requirements (for entry and visit as a tourist) of the host destination, and for exit and entry requirements for their home country. Be prepared for your plans to change. Be sure your travel insurance covers COVID-related issues. No travel is risk-free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example, due to a new COVID-19 variant. Please be aware that REEF is not a travel agent. We are doing our best to interpret the information provided by our trip vendor and the host country’s government COVID-19 webpages. We encourage everyone to do their own research, interpretation, and due diligence. Please see REEF’s COVID-19 Considerations and Vaccine Policies section in our REEF Field Survey Trips Policies page for more information.