The Southern Cross Club
Guy Banks Road Little Cayman KY3, 2501, Cayman Islands
Coordinates in degrees decimal: 19.66555556 N, -80.06888889 E.
Visited in February 2022. Photographer: Nigel Thomas. Cameras: Olympus Tough T5, T6 and Nikon Coolpix W300.
The Southern Cross Club is a long-established diving and fishing resort located on the south coast of Little Cayman. Little Cayman is one of three islands that make up the Cayman Islands, which is a self-governing British Overseas Territory. The islands lie to the south of Cuba and to the northwest of Jamaica. Direct flights to the international airport on Grand Cayman run from both the UK and USA. Connecting flights from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman are operated by Cayman Airlines on a regular basis.
The climate on Little Cayman is described as tropical wet and dry, with a wet season from May to October, and a dry season that runs from November to April. It is rarely affected by hurricanes, with the last occurring in 2004. The weather and water conditions that might affect snorkelling include:
The habitats that can be observed while snorkelling the north shore include: deep (>10M) reef edge; back reef coral, soft coral and sponge dominated rock; wave exposed rock with limited epifauna; patch reef with healthy hard and soft corals; sporadic seagrass and shallow water sands. On the southern shore, which is uniformly shallow inside the reef edge, the habitats include the following: back reef coral; coralline algal reef, patch reef, extensive shallow water sands, seagrasses and mangrove.
The north coast is best for observing the larger species, including the blacktip shark, nurse sharks, barracuda, eagle rays and stingrays. These were all present in the back reef area, inshore of the famous wall at Bloody Bay. Although deep this was worth visiting to see the clear blue water beyond the reef edge. The south coast supported a variety of shallow water patch reefs, including an unusual coralline algal reef off Owen Island. The shallow water sands and seagrass in this area were also home to some large stingrays feeding on the buried fauna. The protected areas are also noticeable for the large populations of queen conch and the interesting variety of coralline algae…no, really.
In total 177 species were photographed and identified, with over 62 fish species, 24 marine plants and algae and 21 coral species.