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Cayman celebrates diving with 'Legends & Lions'

Make this October memorable as you participate in the first-ever 'Legends and Lions' event in the gorgeous Cayman Islands.
Make this October memorable as you participate in the first-ever 'Legends and Lions' event in the gorgeous Cayman Islands.Photo courtesy Alex Mustard (www.amustard.com)

Ask any seasoned diver and they will tell you that the Cayman Islands has always been recognized as one of the birthplaces of diving. Whether you are a recreational diver or a technical diver, it is easy to let the warm and crystal clear waters totally transport you to another dimension. Gazing down over 50 feet below the surface, the outstanding depths are teeming with marine life and it is almost like looking through a mirror.

This year, 2014, brings with it a new celebration and all divers are invited to share in the festivities. From October 4 - 11, 2014, 'Legends & Lions' is a time to truly showcase the sport of diving with all kinds of amazing planned activities in store. The month of October has been a traditionally slow time in the Cayman Islands. It works to your advantage because some of the top dive operators on the island are enticing divers with their incredible savings on dive packages. Red Sail Sports, Divetech, Ocean Frontiers, Southern Cross Club and Sunset House are ready to accommodate eager divers who want to take part in the celebration.

Taking advantage of shoulder season rates, 'Legends and Lions' dive packages offer an excellent price for a 7-day stay. The packages include six daily 2-tank dives to the island’s top dive sites, a dive on the ex-USS Kittiwake wreck, a Lionfish certification with a Lionfish Hunt Dive Competition, a Lionfish Dinner with Underwater Photo Competition, International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and assorted on-island discounts. So as you can see, there are some very distinct topside events taking place as well. Participating in the lionfish hunt entitles you to a lionfish culling certification. Enjoy the tasty treat topside when the day is done. Meet Guy Harvey, local artist and environmentalist who will be hosting a street party with plenty of festive frolicking. It comes to a climactic end with the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame induction dinner and you are invited to attend. This year's inductees include Alese & Mort Pechter, Bill Acker, Chuck Nicklin, Dan Orr and Neal Watson.

“It is only logical that one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations should have an annual festival celebrating the sport and highlighting Cayman’s fantastic marine world,” said Red Sail Sports Operations Manager Rod McDowall. “Divers from around the world will have the opportunity to dive with a dive legend who helped create the sport we all love, and diving with a legend is something you cannot do anywhere,” said Sunset House General Manager Keith Sahm. “Here in the Cayman Islands each attendee will not only be able to dive with them, but they’ll also get a chance to mingle with these dive pioneers when they attend the Awards Night dinner as part of their 'Legends and Lions' package.”

Cayman’s leading dive operators are pulling out all the stops to ensure everyone enjoys an unforgettable dive vacation. Red Sail Sports is adding a free Sunset Sail aboard a luxury Catamaran and a 20% discount on beach toys at all its beach locations. Divetech’s package offers a full meal plan, unlimited shore diving, a dive on the Guardian of the Reef an underwater sculpture, and a pool rebreather test and demonstration. Sunset House’s perks include a Stingray City dive, an afternoon dive on the USS Kittiwake, unlimited shore diving, DAN insurance for an additional $40, plus a welcome drink and gift. Ocean Frontiers’ package added-value offerings include a car rental for the entire stay, shore diving, a catamaran sail and a bottle of wine.

Through this newest and exciting event, the Cayman Islands' Tourist Board along with leading dive operators, hope to make 'Legends and Lions' an annual festival of fantastic spirit, Cayman warm hospitality and diving adventure for all. See the best natural resources on the planet - an underwater world that some can only imagine but that you can easily experience for yourself.

“It should soon be on every divers calendar - fantastic diving and accommodations, great air connections, the chance to meet industry celebrities and greats, help the environment by culling and eating the dreaded Lionfish, party and have fun in the Caribbean – what more would you want?” asked Rod McDowall.

Time to book your trip today and end the year with a diving experience that takes you to another realm. Go to www.divecayman.ky/scubaweek and see all the great deals available to you.