The small island of Little Cayman offers a rare combination of sun-blessed solitude, glistening beaches and untouched tropical wilderness – a place to get away from it all.
The least developed of the three islands, Little Cayman lies roughly 120 kilometres northeast of Grand Cayman and 11 kilometres west of Cayman Brac. It measures only 16 kilometres long, barely reaches 12 metres at its highest point, and has a permanent population of fewer than 170 residents.
The islands’ signature dive site is the Bloody Bay Wall, a sheer drop-off starting at ten metres. Dotted with caves and tunnels, the wall is rich with large coral heads and vibrant clusters of tube sponges teeming with marine life. Photographic opportunities abound on these reefs all year round.
Due to the quantities of turtles and freshwater found there, these small islands made popular bases for explorers and buccaneers. Some of the earliest settlers were English privateers who were battling against Spanish control over the Caribbean. Once piracy ceased, life on Little Cayman was far from easy. Many of the men took to the sea and are still renowned around the world for their seamanship.
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