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CARIBBEAN CAYMAN ISLANDS DESTINATIONS


Out of this world


Laura French finds out what the Cayman Islands have to offer those in search of nature, adventure and all-out seclusion


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t’s pitch-black, and all I can see are stars – above me, below


me, next to me. Beneath our kayak, tiny specks of iridescent green and bright, luminous white swirl around, sparking here and there like the embers of a fire from within the depths of the inky, rippling water. I’m kayaking through bioluminescence, and it’s extraordinary. We paddle further into the bay and the colours get even more vivid, with every swish of our oar producing clouds of pale, whitish green, getting brighter and brighter until they’re like full-on flames burning a glaring, phosphorescent blue. Ten minutes later I’m swimming


in it, my whole body lighting up like a lamp in the heart of the ocean, leaving a glitter trail behind as if someone’s just swished a giant sparkler through the water. Then a nurse shark glides past, its tail elegantly


swaying, its outline illuminated in a hazy silver glow. You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m in some sort of weird hallucinatory dream. I’m actually on a night-time tour around Grand Cayman’s Bioluminescent Bay – a patch of calm, still water that’s filled with millions of light-emitting organisms which glow like fireflies with every movement you make. It’s one of a series of surreal


experiences I find myself having on a trip exploring Grand Cayman and its smaller sibling, Little Cayman. And after a week staring out over the bright teal waters that characterise both, I’m left wondering why more Brits don’t make the hop over here – especially given direct British Airways flights from Heathrow, and a plethora of resorts and attractions that make these among the most-developed and accessible islands in the Caribbean.


30 August 2018 travelweekly.co.uk 47


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