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Kayaking on Little Cayman

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For an easy but visually exhilirating kayak experience, an offshore paddle on Little Cayman provides a fine mix of natural ingredients from both below and above the water's surface. This smallest outpost of the Cayman Islands group is remote and still largely undeveloped. One you are here, it has more than adequate activities -- the principal ones being scuba diving, sport-fishing, and birdwatching. With shallow and calm surfaces along much of the coastline thanks to the surrounding offshore reefs that break most large swells, the kayaking opportunities are excellent here. Staying over at Southern Cross Club, one of the pre-eminent diver hotels, you are based at a barefoot luxury hideaway that sits along a 900 foot stretch of beach on the island's southeast coast and facing even tinier Owen Island.

You launch off on one of the club's top-sitting single seat kayaks from the club's single jetty, which gets you out beyond the rock and weed bottom closer to shore, and as you head northward toward Owen Island, the sea may deepen several feet at points but it never seems to be less than crystal clear to whatever lies at the bottom; this includes occasional coral, sponge, turtle grass, but also local marine life that either dart about very quickly or stay absolutely still beneath you. The one-way row out to Owen Island is just around 180 m (591 ft.) - and the entire short trip is an enjoyable paddle over only the slightest of rolling waters. Once you reach Owen Island, you will need to come in on a clear patch of sandy bottom and drag your kayak in the remaining few feet to the beach. This small but thickly vegetated islet is deserted, but with some sandy beach is ideal for picnics or sunning a few hours. The dense shrubbed interior makes it popular with some of the bird populations of Little Cayman; winged visitors passing to and from Little Cayman may include herons, egrets and frigate birds. Bring along snorkeling gear and you can explore the shoreline and lively marine life along the western side of Owen Island.

One of the additional treats of coming to stay and explore at this Little Cayman location is that you support sustainable tourism at a highly eco-friendly small resort along the way. The kayak use here is part of the package price that includes a variety of sea and land activities.

Written by  Hal Peat.

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