Grand Cayman Photo Gallery: The Sunset House

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Grand Cayman's Sunset House was founded by divers for divers—with morning two-tank boat dives, shore diving, and a laid-back atmosphere that welcomes both wet suits and guayaberas.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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The resort's thatched-roof beachside My Bar offers a wide variety of libations, cuisine served from the neighboring SeaHarvest Restaurant, and the opportunity to mix it up with locals, dive bums, and vacationers, everyone in perpetual awe of the setting sun.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Have buddy, will dive. Sunset House offers 24-hour shore diving, accessing a healthy stretch of reef, a small wreck, a submerged mermaid statue, and a vertiginous wall teeming with aquatic life.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Right after jumping into off the shore, we found a school of mating squid. My attempts at becoming an aquatic Larry Flint, however, failed. Instead, this solo swimmer, its translucent surface glimmering in the afternoon sun, filtered by the turquoise water.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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The afore-mentioned ethereal mermaid statue, rests just off shore about 50 feet below the surf, standing proudly, one arm outstretched, amidst a sea of coral and aquatic life.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Angel fish cluster around the mermaid statue as if they were her pets, orbiting me with just a hint of mock superiority as I attempted to equalize my buoyancy and snap a few pics.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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This vibrant burst of coral grows on the sunken Nicholson, a small wreck on the ocean floor about 15 feet from the base of the mermaid statue. Follow the sand chute away from the wreck and mainland and you encounter the sea wall.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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A local said that decides whether or not to head into George Town by counting the number of cruise ships, seen here in the capital's harbor just north of Sunset House. Too many smokestacks, and she dodges the capital. One dive instructor put it more succinctly: 'It's the newly wed, overfed, and nearly dead.'  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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After surfacing on our last day of diving, we discovered that a freak rainstorm had rolled in. On the horizon, a storm plume touched down on the surface of the Caribbean.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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The inhabitants of Stingray City—a 45-minute boat ride from Sunset House—are so acclimated to humans that you can hand-feed them from the sandy ocean floor about 15 below the waves, creating a quintessential Cayman diving experience.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Less acclimated, however, are the moray eels, who come darting in a free meal. Psycho, as he's known, also has cataracts, so you're advised to keep your fingers hidden, lest he mistake them for a fish—and yes, divers have lost their digits to this guy.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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Spend dusk at Sunset House and it's easy to understand how the resort got its name—and it's also likely that this quiet, poetic moment will inspire you to return.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
 
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