by Kathy Viola
Photos by Franklin Viola
Bay, the Cayman Island's most prolific Marine Park, continues
to be one of our favorite underwater retreats. If not "Best"
in the Caribbean, this unique sub-aquatic topography of lush
shallow reefs cascading into dramatic vertical walls is truly
the most consistent destination for great diving. Every year
Franklin and I charter the Little Cayman Diver II (live-aboard)
for a week long adventure filled with fine friends, fair weather
and of course, fabulous diving. This trip should prove to
be quite an adventure as we have booked a "family"
cruise. Sawyer, our 4 year old son, is aboard along with our
close friends Alan and Amanda Weisenfeld, and their girls,
Phoebe and Anna, 10 and 8 years old respectively. This year,
our 13th annual trek, is brought to you
on the web compliments of SKIN DIVER Magazine. Over the next
week you will be able to swim with us electronically as we
spin a tale of adventure and excitement on the reefs and walls
of Bloody Bay Marine Park.
choose the Little Cayman Diver II live-aboard on all our adventures
to Little Cayman. The main reason is her owner, Winston McDermot.
A pioneer in marine conservation, Winston was primary in getting
moorings at the dive sites along Bloody Bay and Jackson's
Bight. Winston has been building and running boats in the
Cayman Islands for over 30 years. Starting in Grand Cayman
as a young man, he was the only shore diving operator to use
danforth anchors to moor with, thus saving the coral from
the damage of the more popular grappling hooks. In 1977, he
moved his family and operation to Cayman Brac and started
Brac Aquatics dive shop at The Buccaneers, the island's only
hotel. The sites that we dive today were discovered and named
by Winston and his staff. The conservation measures he took
in Grand Cayman were implemented in his diving operation on
her sister islands. Winston headed up the project that
placed permanent moorings on Bloody Bay and Jackson' s Bight.
Always looking for a better way for divers to experience the
reefs, Winston brought the first "diver designed"
live-aboard to Little Cayman in 1985.