Welcome to episode 8 of the Caribbean Castaways podcast! This episode is all about Little Cayman in the Cayman Islands. It’s one of the best dive spots in all the Caribbean, but there’s a lot to do above the waves as well and that’s what we’re talking about today.
About Little Cayman
The Cayman Islands are made up of 3 islands; Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. Little Cayman is by far the least populated with a permanent population of about 270 people. The population of iguanas that live on island is over 2,000.
Little Cayman is approximately 60 miles northeast of Grand Cayman and five miles west of Cayman Brac. It is about 10 miles (16 km) long with an average width of 1 mile.
Little Cayman is most well known as a diving hot spot. That’s why most people visit. It is one of the best dive locations in all the Caribbean and made famous by the Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson’s Bight dive locations.
While Crystal and I aren’t dive certified yet, we were able to do a couple dives with the Pirate’s Point Resort team as part of their Discovery Dive program. It was out of this world awesome! We highly recommend it.
The best way to get to Little Cayman is to fly in from Grand Cayman via Cayman Airways. That’s what we did. It was a little puddle jumper plane which we love. And when you get there you’ll see their tiny airport terminal which was actually pretty cool.
We had the pleasure of visiting Little Cayman in 2018 (Exactly two years ago today, Feb 23. It must have been in our subconscious to do this podcast) via an invitation from Pirate’s Point Resort – An all-inclusive resort that caters to Divers but non-divers can feel right at home as well in one of their 11 cottage style rooms.
Our Top 5 Things to do Above The Waves
1. Soak in the off-the-grid vibe
A true escape away from the hustle and bustle of more tourism heavy islands. We rode bikes into town, hit a couple little beach bars (true castaway style). We went to the Hungry Iguana, Beach Nuts at Little Cayman Beach Resort (lots of signs, lots of iguanas everywhere), and the Southern Cross Club.
2. Kayak out to Owen Island
We rented kayaks at Southern Cross Resort. Not super cheap, but worth it. We have a video of Own Island, we’ll put the link in the show notes. Keep in mind, Owen Island is privately owned so respect their land since they allow the public to explore it.
3. Bird Watching at Little Cayman’s Booby Pond Nature Reserve
This reserve supports the largest red-footed booby population in the Caribbean. Our trip to the reserve was before Crystal had her 600mm lens and now she’s dying to go back! Turns out frigates can’t catch their own fish so they steal it from the adult Boobys. They scare them into dropping (throw-up) their daily catch. We actually witnessed this harassment when we were waiting at the Little Cayman airport. The frigate scoops up the Boobys lost meal in mid air! We feel bad for the Boobys but it’s quite a sight to see.
4. Point of Sand Beach
Point of Sand is an amazing beach, probably the best beach on the Little Cayman. There is little pier that has some shallow water snorkeling around it. You’ll also be able to see Cayman Brac from Point of Sand. The sand has a hint of pink to it as well. We recommend you rent a car to get there. It’s about an 8 mile ride from Blossom Village and it can get hot.
5. Explore by Bike
Since Little Cayman doesn’t have a huge population, even the most inexperienced biker (like Crystal) can enjoy sightseeing by bike. This gives you time to take in the natural beauty and see how many iguanas you can find during your journey.
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