Invasive Species of the Cayman Islands
Depart: Grand Cayman, CI
Arrive: Grand Cayman, CI
Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Focus: Surfing, Diving, Coastal Exploration, Citizen Science, Invasive Species
Expedition Overview – Invasive Species of the Cayman Islands
An expedition to the Cayman Islands aboard a 72’ sailboat to dive, surf, and search for invasive species.
Diving, Surfing and Sailing aboard Sea Dragon
Widely recognized for world-class diving and snorkeling, the islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac provide ample opportunities for other aquatic activities- if one is willing to explore.
Sea Dragon will serve as our ocean-going platform to investigate the intriguing nooks of reef and mangroves that make up these incredible Caribbean islands. Enjoy remote beaches and reefs using an onboard cache of watercraft such as stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, handplanes, and dive gear. Experience the thrill of sailing in the tropics aboard a fast ocean racer, while learning to handle her proficiently.
While aboard Sea Dragon, you’ll learn the mainstays of sailing; seamanship, sail handling, and navigation. Interested guest crew can take the IYT Introduction to Boating/International Crew certification on board.
The Cayman Islands, like all coastal communities, are faced with threats from both land and sea. These islands are being invaded by exotic flora and fauna, chief among them, the Green Iguana and Lionfish. These invasive species wreak havoc on the native species of the Cayman Islands’ ecosystem by competing for resources without a natural predator to keep populations in-check.
As explorers of these islands, we’ll play the important roles of observer and communicator by collaborating with research organizations to collect data and bring awareness to this important coastal issue. During our expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to work as a citizen scientist, collecting population data about invasive species to provide to researchers. We’ll document our expedition with photos and videos to share as part of our mission to communicate the issue of invasive species.
Mar 22: Arrive Grand Cayman, boat orientation, dinner on shore
Mar 23: Day sail in AM, snorkel/wall dive/shore time in afternoon
Mar 24: Depart Grand Cayman, overnight sail to Pickle Bank
Mar 25: Arrive Little Cayman
Mar 26: Ashore in Little Cayman
Mar 27: Arrive Cayman Brac
Mar 28: Cayman Brac
Mar 29: AM departure to Grand Cayman, dinner on shore
Mar 30: Disembark boat, fly day
Crew will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to Cayman. There may be specific requirements for travelers. For specific visa information, contact the Cayman Immigration Department.
If you wish to dive, you must bring your own gear or we can help coordinate a gear rental for you in Cayman. We provide tanks and weights and have a compressor on board to fill. For some diving in shore PADI Open Water certification (or equivalent) is sufficient, but for other dives (such as at Pickle bank) PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) certification is necessary. In addition all those who wish to dive must have an active DAN membership. www.diversalertnetwork.org
- 8 nights accommodation on board Sea Dragon
- All meals, snacks and drinks on board
- Sailing instruction
- Safety equipment and foul weather gear
- IYT Certification (upon completion of exam)
- Full tanks for dives
Contribution does not include:
- Transportation to and from Grand Cayman
- Transportation to and from the dock to airport upon arrival and departure
- Personal expenses while in port (dinner on shore or otherwise)
What to Bring:
Please look at our Tropical Kit List under crew resources. Note what we provide, essential items and good ideas for add-ons (snorkel/dive gear).