Once the sun sets and the beach chairs are stacked, Cayman’s night scene wakes up with dancing, stargazing and everything in between.
Dine and Dance
Greet the full moon with a feast for the senses. Carrying on a 10-year tradition, Kaibo hosts its one-of-a-kind beachside Luna Del Mar dinner in honour of Cayman’s bright moon and stars. Every month guests are treated to nine shared dishes, a live DJ, fire pit and a paper lantern display, all whilst digging their toes in white sands along palm-fringed shores.
Those looking for a close encounter should head to The Wharf Restaurant & Bar for their nightly tarpon feedings at 7 and 9 p.m. Dunja Yeap, guest relations manager of its sister restaurant Grand Old House, shares: “Gloves are passed out to those courageous and adventurous enough to demonstrate their feeding skills.” The tarpon feeding is a great way to interact with large tropical fish, without getting in the water.
Additionally, every Tuesday night The Wharf hosts a free salsa lesson starting at 9:30 p.m., which is taught by Quiana Erb. “Quiana is a well-known and very talented local dance teacher,” Yeap explains. “She demonstrates the basic steps and swiftly turns it into a routine.” After the free lesson, the dance floor is opened and everyone continues to dance until the early hours of the morning.
Light Up the Night
For a truly unique experience, try the Cayman Kayaks night tour. Tom Watling, founder and owner, explains: “Cayman Kayaks specializes in nighttime tours to one of only a few places in the world where a bioluminescent microorganism is trapped in such high concentrations that the water glows when agitated.”
The bioluminescence tour is a magical experience where guests can experience the beautiful glow of these rare organisms. There are two eco-friendly options: a double kayak or Cayman’s only electric boat. When weather allows, the tour also contains stargazing. The guide points out constellations whilst guests bob in their boats. Watling continues, “As the closest operator to Bio Bay, our kayak and boat experiences are suitable for all ages and abilities.” Note that reservations are required and transportation can be arranged.
Whether you’re a budding stargazer or a seasoned professional, Cayman offers stargazing opportunities aplenty for those who are willing to take a little time to look up. And thanks to its location just south of the Tropic of Cancer, stargazers can enjoy a view of up to 80 percent of the visible sky. The Cayman Islands Astronomical Society has been helping budding stargazers in Cayman navigate the night sky for decades.
Whilst light pollution is an issue like almost every other country, Cayman does offer a large number of spots that are sufficiently free from artificial light for a fabulous view of the night sky. Richard McLeod, president of the Astronomical Society, suggests heading to a place near the sea away from lights. Popular spots include beaches at East End, Rum Point and Barkers in West Bay — all ideal to kick off your shoes, lie back on the soft powdery sand and look skywards.
Those interested in learning more about the night sky can join the Astronomical Society’s monthly meetings and make use of the society’s high-powered telescope, which offers a more detailed view of distant stars and planets.
Author: Stacie Sybersma