The mile-long Salt Rock Nature Trail starts at Salt Rock Bay
(across from the dock on the north side of the island), and winds
through natural habitat. It is a favorite hike for birders and those
interested in Little Cayman fauna. Look for the 17 endemic plant species
plus orchids, bromeliads, cacti, and mahogany trees. Iguanas, blue land
crabs, curly tailed lizards, and many of the island's bird species can be seen
here as well. The trail winds past the old railroad, which was constructed
to serve a former phosphate mining business.
Another highlight is Pirates Well , a cave fed by a freshwater well. Dis-
covered in 1994, the cave has not yet been fully explored.
Aside from guided hikes, Little Cayman presents travelers with plenty of
walking and hiking opportunities. Almost non-existent traffic, a flat grade
on all but the island's easternmost end, and wide roads make Little
Cayman perfect for a stroll or hike. Stroll the quiet streets of Blossom Vil-
lage, the main road out to Tarpon Lake, or the island's beautiful beaches.
Tennis courts are available at Little Cayman Beach Resort and South-
ern Cross Club (see Where to Stay , pages 228-231).
In the Water
Little Cayman's unmatched dive opportunities provide the is-
land's greatest draw. Along its 10-mile length, 57 dive sites are
marked with moorings. The most famous site is Bloody Bay Wall
on the north side of the island. The wall drops off just a short swim from
the shore at a depth of only 20 feet, making it a favorite with snorkelers as
Bloody Bay Wall : Starting at a depth of just 25 feet, this site is nonethe-
less a favorite with divers of all skill levels and is considered one of the best
dive sites in the Caribbean. Named one of the top dive sites by the late
Philipe Cousteau, the wall is thick with sponges and corals and is home to
many formations - chimneys, canyons, coral arches. The wall is a spectac-