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Swim with Stingrays
Only in the Cayman Islands
Swim with stingrays through gin-clear waters, sip rum that was aged under the sea, meet endangered blue iguanas—and visit a chandelier-filled cave. Not your average daily docket...unless, of course, you happen to be in the Cayman Islands.
Photo courtesy of Peter Ruck//Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
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    Swim with Stingrays
    Swim with Stingrays
    Stingray City is a collection of southern stingray-inhabited sandbars off Grand Cayman, where a whole welcome committee of the gentle giants swims toward you as soon as you step into the obligingly transparent water. Any initial discomfort you may have with the idea immediately gives way to unadulterated, little kid-caliber fun.
    Photo courtesy of Peter Ruck//Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
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    Meet Endangered Blue Iguanas
    Meet Endangered Blue Iguanas
    Named for its beautiful hue, the blue iguana is one of the most longevity-blessed lizards on earth, with a presumed life span of many decades (in the wild). Driven to critically low numbers, and even declared  declared functionally extinct in 2005, the species has found new life in the Blue Iguana Recovery Program, a breeding and conservation operation. Located in Grand Cayman's Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, the program offers a tour on which you'll meet and learn about these ravishing reptiles in their last remaining habitat.
    Photo courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
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    Sip Rum That's Aged Under the Sea
    Sip Rum That's Aged Under the Sea
    Seven Fathoms is a small-batch rum aged in a most unusual way: inside barrels placed seven fathoms under the sea, where the temperature and humidity are said to provide an atmosphere unlike anything available on land. Coupled with the sea's gentle rocking, these atmospheric conditions help produce one of Cayman Spirits Co.'s most popular offerings. Taste for yourself against the other rums on offer at the seaside Outpost Bar.
    Photo by Richard Semik/age fotostock
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    Discover Endemic Orchids
    Discover Endemic Orchids
    Since its opening in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth II, her namesake  Botanic Park has become a must-see for flora-philes. Particularly noteworthy is the resident orchid collection, which includes the amazing, endemic wild banana orchid.
    Photo courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
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    Try a World-Famous Wall Dive
    Try a World-Famous Wall Dive
    Of the islands' many fabled dive sites, the underwater walls are arguably the biggest draw for divers from around the world. Little Cayman's Bloody Bay Wall is a particular standout with its jewel-toned forests of corals and sponges—as beloved a playground for triggerfish, groupers and green sea turtles as for divers.
    Photo courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
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    Snorkel or Dive the USS Kittiwake
    Snorkel or Dive the USS Kittiwake
    Diving or snorkeling the USS Kittiwake makes for an eerily beautiful intro (think eels, barracuda and nurse sharks) to a ship with a particularly storied past: Among the sailors who've populated these crew quarters are the ones who found the elusive black box from the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
    Photo courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
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    Explore Cayman Brac's Caves
    Explore Cayman Brac's Caves
    There are dozens of caves on Cayman Brac, each with its own unique features. Nani's Cave is known for the stalactites and stalagmites that have given rise to its alternative name: Chandelier Cave. If it's cave fauna you're interested in, head to Bat Cave, where the namesake residents are often snoozing serenely overhead.
    Photo courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism