Clearly Cayman Dive Log – Randy’s Gazebo
According to Little Cayman Reef Divers staff member Anna, Randy’s Gazebo off the island’s northwest shore never disappoints. We start this maximum 110-foot dive near the mooring, and then you have choices. For the adventurous, there’s a narrow, nearly vertical chimney that leads out through the wall with an opening to the deep blue Caribbean. Or, you can just swim out over the wall through some lush soft corals and sea fans.
The gazebo is reached about ten minutes into the dive. Although “just a big hole in the wall,” it’s one of the most photographed sites in the Bloody Bay Marine Park because of the magnificent window it offers to the sea. During the dive we find many varieties of fish, little neck crabs, sometimes sharks, and turtles almost every time.
There is a second swim-through on the way back to the mooring called the “chicken run” because it’s much less challenging than the chimney earlier in the dive. And swimming back toward the mooring, we encounter a beautiful, manmade phenomenon: tiny “champagne” bubbles rising from the reef as a result of previous divers passing through the various swim-throughs.
Anna is from the Netherlands and considers diving her form of meditation and spiritual renewal. She feels like she’s going home every time she jumps into the sea.