Weekend Getaway to Grand Cayman

George Town, Cayman Islands

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Jan 19 - 24, 2019
Group size: 9 - 18
Weekend Getaway to Grand Cayman
George Town, Cayman Islands

Blue Planet Scuba
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36 reviews

$1330
Deposit: $500
Jan 19 - 24, 2019
Group size: 9 - 18

About this trip

Escape the winter cold and join Blue Planet for an extra-long holiday weekend of diving in Grand Cayman! One of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean, Grand Cayman offers gorgeous reefs, warm water, amazing viz and a guaranteed good time. Don’t miss this trip!


GRAND CAYMAN

Rising from the ocean bed in the clear waters of the northern Caribbean Sea lies a massive underwater mountain range known as the Cayman Ridge. Three of its spectacular peaks break the surface to form the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The islands are surrounded by fringing reefs with staghorn coral, canyons, pinnacles, archways and of course, the magnificent walls that provide the necessary protection for all varieties of marine life while still enabling the larger pelagic species to come within reach of the diver.


The largest and most developed of the three Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman is the home of George Town, the capital city, which boasts some of the finest cuisine and shopping in the Caribbean. Whether you want to explore a sunken wreck, dance the night away, get some sun on Seven Mile Beach, or simply go sightseeing, Grand Cayman is the place to start.


THE DIVING


Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for beginners. A great spot to complete your Open Water Diver certification, Advanced Open Water Diver and more.


The Cayman Islands' 365 dive sites are sure to leave even the most seasoned divers awestruck; with deep dramatic walls adorned with sponges and corals, shallow reefs of fish and small invertebrates, and an assortment of famous wrecks, all in perfect 80 degree Farenheit water. Visibility often exceeds 100 feet revealing some of the world’s most diverse aquatic life. Grand Cayman is home to the worlds’s best 12 foot dive, the legendary Stingray City and the USS Kittiwake.


SUNSET HOUSE

Sunset House offers many amenities for the diving and snorkeling enthusiast. With a variety of rooms, a quiet cruise-ship-free location on a rocky shoreline renowned for its shore diving, and only a 15-minute walk from downtown, the highly-recommended Sunset House is sure to please even the most avid diver. While they do not have a beach, they do have a pool with a waterfall, whirlpool and sea pool with direct ladder access to the Caribbean. The on-site SeaHarvest Restaurant and My Bar are fabulous and frequented by locals, so you know they’re good. And you can’t miss sunset at My Bar with their amazing Mudslides!


The resort boasts five custom dive boats with access to any site on the island and the best shore diving on the island, which includes Amphitrite (the Island’s only 9 foot tall mermaid), the wreck of the David Nicholson, access to the Cayman wall, and a variety of sites unequaled anywhere else on Grand Cayman. Plus there’s a full service dive shop on site, as well as Cathy Church’s Underwater Photo Centre.


TRAVEL

Fly into the Grand Cayman airport (GCM) any time on Saturday, January 19th. You can fly back on Thursday, January 24th — just be sure you give yourself 18-24 hours after your last dive! 


Please check in with Blue Planet staff before booking flights. If you need assistance with flights, just let us know!

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 5 nights accommodations
    Single or shared rooms available
  • 8 boat dives
    4 x 2-tank boat dives with Sunset Divers
  • Unlimited shore diving
    On the house reef
  • Breakfast daily
    Made-to-order at the resort
  • Airport transfers
    Round-trip transfers from the GCM airport to the resort
  • Airfare
    Book your flight to Grand Cayman
  • Scuba equipment
    Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew

Available Packages

Courtyard Room, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in a Courtyard Room. These rooms have a walk-in patio door or balcony and are available with 2 Queen beds, digital cable TV, mini fridge, air conditioning, and private bathrooms. There are courtyard rooms above the front office area and in the garden area close to the restaurant. 


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$1330
Deposit: $500
Courtyard Room, Single Occupancy
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Single occupancy in a Courtyard Room. These rooms have a walk-in patio door or balcony and are available with 2 Queen beds, digital cable TV, mini fridge, air conditioning, and private bathrooms. There are courtyard rooms above the front office area and in the garden area close to the restaurant.  


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!


$1885
Deposit: $500
Ocean View Room, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in an Ocean View Room located on the North end of the property. These rooms offer more space with 2 Queen beds or 2 King-size, digital Hi Def flat screen cable TV, fridge, microwave and a private balcony or patio looking out through the palm trees to the sparkling Caribbean Sea!  


Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$1475
Deposit: $500
Ocean View Room, Extended Trip
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Special package per request

$2195
Ocean View Room, Family Package
Sold Out

 Special package per request 

$2612
$1330
Deposit: $500

Courtyard Room, Double Occupancy
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Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in Grand Cayman

Fly into GCM airport. Check into hotel and dive shop. Dinner with the group.

Your Organizer


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Blue Planet Scuba
36 reviews
Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

The trip was fantastic! A great group of divers, an amazing leader, Andrea, from Blue Planet, the fold at CRF were wonderful - we learned a lot and had four beautiful and productive dives.
Trip was great, and coral restoration education and experience was fantastic. Andrea is the best leader and organizer. Unfortunately, weather prevented us from diving 2 out of 3 days, and our room was small for 2 single people, had little annoyances like nowhere to plug in cell phones near the bed and only processed carbs for breakfast, and had lots of little things not working that made the accommodations less than satisfactory.
MD
The diving was great! Sharks, wrecks, and schools and schools of fish! We also saw eels and octopuses! Josh and Heather were very approachable and easy going organizers who made space for everyone to opt-in to the group dinners but definitely gave no pressure. They addressed any problems immediately and with grace, and generally added to the experience. While the staff were all very kind and friendly, the NC dive shop (Olympus) offers very little in terms of included amenities and services. You do everything yourself: analyze and record your own EAN, put your tanks on the boat, set up your equipment, and the dives are self-guided. Lunch and refreshments are not provided on board (but there is plenty of space to put your own in the coolers and minifridge, plus a toaster oven and microwave). This was all fine and communicated ahead of time, but is quite different from my experiences elsewhere, so worth noting, especially since the prices were higher than I am used to. Most sites were about 2 hours offshore, so I assume much of the cost can be attributed to fuel. Two of the three days, we did both dives on the same site. The first day, the other Olympus Dive Shop boat was anchored on the stern of the huge wreck and our boat was anchored on the bow. It seems to me that we could have at least switched locations of the two boats during our hour plus surface interval to get a somewhat different dive in for the second tank, but instead we did the exact same dive twice (which albeit was a great dive). Only two people from our group stayed in the dive lodge, which I highly recommend for those with a tolerance for hostel living. It was very well located, an easy walk to most of the restaurants and (crucially) to the dive shop. Lots of space in the fridge and a chill living room area, plus the bathrooms were clean. I could see it getting a little crowded if at capacity, but we only had 6-9 people staying there any given night. Definitely a good budget option! Plus you get to meet some other divers, hear their stories, and get their advice on the sites. All in all, a great trip! I would definitely recommend it to experienced divers who like sharks, wrecks, and fish galore!
Another great Caribbean dive trip with Blue Planet. Dive shop, dive masters, and the BP staff made sure we had fantastic dives and fun as a group. Was a good value for the money too!
Awesome trip! Delicious food! Amazing crew! Great group! Well equipped vessel! Diving was good. 5 dives a day - sweet! Got to see the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, manta rays, tiger shark, many frogfish, nudibranchs and much more. Completed many night dives, including a Blackwater dive. All crew were highly knowledgeable, caring and interactive 24/7. I will never forget being covered with a warm towel post every dive :). Super trip with an awesome dive team and divers.
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