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Cayman Islands holidays receive Green Globe Award as a top Caribbean holiday destination for diving

Enjoying one of the most pristine locations in the world and preserving intact its collection of almost virginal coral reefs, the Cayman Islands keep moving towrds becoming carbon neutral announcing 2 of their dive sites received Green Globe certification

Cayman Islands holidays receive Green Globe Award as a top Caribbean holiday destination for diving

It's no secret that great diving opportunities can be experienced during holidays in the Cayman Islands as these small little islands are surrounded by virtually virginal coral reefs teeming with colourful marine life. And now Cayman Islands holidays have been praised for their green efforts to protect the islands' diving sites with a Green Globe Certification.

More recently the Cayman Islands’ dive industry has been putting a great green effort on preserving their almost virginal ecosystems, moving a step closer to becoming carbon neutral with the announcement that two of its top dive resorts have become Green Globe Certified. The first one, Compass Point is located in the tranquil, sleepy East End of Grand Cayman close to some of the island’s legendary wrecks; while the second one to be Green Globe Certified is Cobalt Coast in West Bay, only a 15 minute drive from the beautiful Seven Mile Beach, a spot popular with families on Cayman Islands holidays wishing to learn to dive as well as being an attractive diving point for technical and advanced divers.

With these two new Green Globe Certifications, the resorts now join the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, also on Grand Cayman, which at 65 acres is one of the Caribbean’s leading horticultural attractions as well as a Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show, and lastly, it also was the first ever botanic park in the Caribbean to secure a Green Globe Certification.

Already credited with having one of the most stringent marine conservation policies in the world, a fact which has contributed to a largely pristine reef system, Cayman Islands' waters are one of the most purest among the Caribbean's top diving destinations. Thus the most perfect submarine Caribbean holidays can be enjoyed here, at any of Cayman Islands' award-winning diving sites.

A highly regarded certification scheme for the travel and tourism industry, Green Globe awards are given to places that demonstrate a commitment to improving environmental performance and efficient operations. Earlier this year Lighthouse Point opened in Grand Cayman’s West Bay, showing a shining example of how Green Globe praises efforts to preserve ecosystem and create sustainable Caribbean holidays. In this case this dive resort built from scratch to the highest possible environmental standards. A number of resorts in the British Overseas Territory are participating in the Cayman Islands Environmental Project for the Tourism Sector (CEPTS), a joint pilot project between the Departments of Tourism and Environment and the private sector to encourage tourism organisations to strive for Green Globe Certification.

“Green Globe Certification represents a considerable investment of time and money by all the properties and attractions that participate, and it is absolute testament to their commitment and passion for the natural environment,” were the words from Don McDougall, regional manager for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism in Europe. “There is no doubt that being able to display the Green Globe on their websites and demonstrate a high level of environmental awareness counts for a great deal among not only the UK diving community but those international visitors who are attracted to Cayman for its strong natural attributes”.

But these islands show no sign of slowing down their green efforts to make Cayman Islands holidays a green paradise. Now Little Cayman, the smallest of the three Cayman Islands with just 150 inhabitants, is also participating in CEPTS with the objective of being one of the only destinations to be certified in the Green Globe scheme.

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