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Sunset House and Sunset Divers Celebrate Six Decades of Dive Excellence in the Cayman Islands

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Dive resort offers great 60th Anniversary Special, launches new North Wall dive boat and re-introduces popular 3-tank North Wall Safari

Sunset House, the dive resort “for divers by divers” is marking a historic 60 years in the dive business of the Cayman Islands, and inviting others to celebrate by taking advantage of a discounted dive package available through December 21. The 7 Night dive package starts at $1435, based on double occupancy, and include 6 morning 2-tank dives, unlimited shore diving, made-to-order breakfast, a complimentary glass of bubbly, and a Sunset House Anniversary t-shirt.

The story of Sunset House began in 1958 when Miss Hebe (Briggs) Connors nee Bodden, an 8thgeneration Caymanian, and widow who lost her husband at an early age, began renting guest rooms in her seaside cottage to support her young family. Miss Hebe arranged to have dive pioneer Bob Soto, who had just started his dive operation, take care of her diving guests. The agreement included diving lessons for her 12-year-old son Adrien Briggs, who learned the business from the legend. Thus, began Cayman’s dive tourism industry.

Today, scuba diving is a multi-million-dollar tourism industry, and the Cayman Islands is a leading dive destination. Sunset House has grown into a dive resort that includes 36 air-conditioned units on lush seaside grounds; a full-service dive shop and training center; one of the most popular waterfront bars in the Caribbean – My Bar; the Sea Harvest restaurant, famous for West Indian and East Indian cuisine; and the resort is home to Cathy Church’s Underwater Photo Centre.

Only minutes from downtown George Town, Sunset House sits on the rocky coastline of southwest Grand Cayman, where it has drawn divers to the Cayman Islands during the past six decades with its excellent shore diving and great customer service. Miss Hebe, and her son Adrien, have both been honored by the Cayman Islands Government as dive pioneers and “Heroes of the Tourism Industry.”

“My mother was a strong woman who worked hard to support us at a time when tourism hardly existed, so she had to also be smart and creative,” said Adrien Briggs, who learned from Miss Hebe. “She would be excited to see how far Sunset House has come, and to know that her granddaughters, also strong women, are now running the resort.”

Sunset House has always been a family-run operation, with a welcoming laid-back atmosphere that keeps guests coming back year after year. Miss Hebe’s granddaughters Lisa Evans and Anne Briggs took over management of Sunset House earlier this year and are making their own mark on the resort with upgrades to the property and the dive operation. Recently added to the Sunset House fleet is Ocean Spirit, a spacious 50-ft, custom-built V-Hull with robust twin John Deere engines for comfortable trips to the North Wall.

Sunset Divers is also re-introducing its popular 3-tank North Wall Safari on Ocean Spirit every Wednesday on demand. The safari starts with a deep wall followed by two shallow dives. Nitrox is available, and lunch is included.

“Tourism is in our blood, and we are proud to carry on the family traditions of Caymankind. Our grandmother would have been excited about our improvements to the resort, especially our new tropical Caribbean colours,” said General Manager Anne Briggs. “Lisa and I are looking forward to a bright future for Sunset House with continuing upgrades to our property and brand-new dive boats which are being delivered later in 2018.”

The new managers want to remind guests, that even after 60 years, Sunset House Reef never disappoints shore divers, and they work hard to keep it new and exciting. In addition to the reef, divers can also visit the bronze mermaid sculpture, Amphitrite, sitting at 55 feet of water, the Sunset House Coral Nursery, and the wreck of the David Nicholson, a landing craft purposely sunk as an artificial reef. And My Bar, which faces the western Caribbean Sea, is still the best place to watch a spectacular Cayman sunset.

The 60th Anniversary Packages start at $1435 per person based on double occupancy and availability. To book contact Sunset House toll free at 1.800.854. 4767 or on Grand Cayman 1.345.949.7111. You can also e-mail Sunset House at reservations@sunsethouse.com or book online at www.sunsethouse.com/specials.

About Sunset House

Sunset House has been welcoming divers to the Cayman Islands for more than 60 years. It is the only resort in the Cayman Islands, designed by divers, operated by divers, for divers. It’s one of the only resorts on Grand Cayman that has its own coral reef, with the wreck of the Nicholson and coral nursery in shallow water right off shore. Underwater visibility on Sunset House’s reef can exceed 200 feet, and a remarkable variety of marine life to be seen there. Our own spectacular 9’ bronze sculpture of the mermaid Amphitrite is one of the most popular shore dive sites in the world.

The resort features 36 guest rooms, including 13 Courtyard rooms, 18 Oceanview rooms, 2 spacious Suites and 2 Apartments which include a full kitchen. All rooms are air-conditioned, with coffee making facilities and private baths. Free Hi-Speed Wireless Internet can be accessed throughout the property and a convenient computer station is located in the lobby. SeaHarvest Restaurant offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is famous for its Indian menu. My Bar a popular hangout for both locals and visitors, has been voted “Best in the Caribbean” by Caribbean Travel and Life and the Best of Cayman. Sunset House also features an inviting seaside fresh water swimming pool and ocean fed sea pool for relaxation. Sunset Divers, a PADI 5-star resort is on site to provide daily dive excursions and a full range of PADI courses.

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WIN one of the NEW Momentum M20 Dive Watches!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Nautilus Diving to give away one of Momentum’s new M20 Dive Watches as a prize!

Leading watch brand Momentum has introduced the new M20 series of watches. The new collection includes the M20 DSS Diver with a classic black dial, or striking Bahama yellow dial, and the M20 GMT Diver in a black & blue “Batman” version.

The M20 Dive watch features a solid 316L stainless steel case that is beautifully rounded and polished, taking its design cues from our original 1990’s Aquamatic model. The case is just under 42mm in diameter, but the smooth curves make it feel much smaller. Style, performance and unmatched comfort on the wrist.

The M20’s elegant yet durable design allows it to be worn in almost any situation. It has a 200M depth rating along with an off-set screw-down crown for added comfort.

The M20’s are also very legible, with its double-dome sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating there is virtually no glare. At night, the SuperLuminova luminous dial and hands come to life, a vital feature for serious divers where light may not reach certain depths.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can find here), we reported that the Women Divers Hall of Fame have announced the selection of how many new members who will constitute the Class of 2021?

Is it:

  • A) five
  • B) six
  • C) seven

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Nautilus Diving Momentum M20 Dive Watch October 2020

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5 Easy Steps For Choosing A Scuba Diving Center You’ll LOVE! (Watch Video)

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How do you pick which dive operation wins your money for your scuba diving vacation? If you only get to dive on vacation, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth and getting experiences you enjoy. That’s why we are giving you our easy 5-step process for filtering out dive centers and narrowing down your selection to find the scuba team you want to be diving with!

In this example–driven video, we are showing you our procedure for how we pick our scuba dive operator. In this case, I use the island of Barbados, as I’ve actually never been scuba diving there.

THANK YOU so much to EVERYONE who is a part of this great community. We promise we have so much more planned for this channel. We’re going to keep spreading information and positivity to the Scuba Divers around the world! IMPROVE. INSPIRE. EXPLORE.


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