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, who will enjoy an educational fish ID class each evening. Weather permitting, one 3-tank dive trip will be offered during the week, and participants may also take advantage of the unlimited shore diving directly in front of Sunset House. While Grand Cayman has more than 365 fantastic dive sites, this destination also has plenty of activities to enjoy during surface intervals or to entertain your non-diving companions, including Stingray City, Pedro St. James National Historic Site, and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, as well as visiting the stunning 7 Mile Beach, a short taxi ride from Sunset House.
Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!
Pricing: $1,347 per diver based on double occupancy in a courtyard. $1,867 per diver for single occupancy in a courtyard room.
$859 for a non-diver based on double occupancy in a courtyard room.
Accommodations: The package accommodation is a courtyard room with 2 queen beds and the following amenities: air conditioning, private bathrooms, digital cable TV, mini fridge, and coffee maker, as well as either a walk-in patio or balcony. Upgrades to ocean view rooms or suites are subject to an additional fee and are dependent on availability. For more information about rooms, please visit Sunset House's webpage. Please inquire with REEF Trips (trips@REEF.org) if you wish to upgrade to a different room type.
Diving: The trip package includes 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, beginning on Sunday, Oct. 11 and ending on Thursday, Oct. 15. The package also includes a 3-tank safari trip to be offered on one dive day (weather permitting.) Nitrox is also included for certified divers - please be prepared to present your certification card. Unlimited shore diving is also available at Sunset House's reef. The average water temperature in Grand Cayman during the time of the trip is approximately 80 degrees F.
Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives plus 1 3-tank dive day, Nitrox, unlimited shore diving at Sunset House, daily made-to-order breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, welcome cocktail, taxes and 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. REEF Fee applies to all divers and/or attendees age 18 and up.
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, optional rental gear. Gratuities are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion.
Travel 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.
About the Trip Leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Co-Executive Director: Science and Engagement. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.
How to Sign Up: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Grand Cayman (GCM) arriving on Saturday, Oct. 10, and departing the following Saturday, Oct. 17. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants. After booking travel, you will be asked to provide your flight details to REEF.
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.
Transfers: Transfers are included in the trip package. Guests will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the Sunset House via taxi.