Cayman Brac’s Newest Dive Site
Plato spoke of the alluvial seaport of Atlantis that the Gods had destroyed when its inhabitants had become corrupt and greedy. Ancient mythology has met with modern day fantasy however, in a visionary project by Cayman artist Foots in the waters off Cayman Brac.
The 51 year-old artist who recently became a citizen of the Cayman Islands, said he first envisioned the project as a child.
"I've always been fascinated with ruins, history and mythology and this project is a vision in my mind, not from any other drawings or renditions, but simply from my own fantasy - my own expression," he says. "I am very, very thankful to the local government for allowing me to fulfill my dream, and I hope this will be my legacy - my gift to the world."
The size and scope of the project are a divers dream. His plans involve over 150,000 lbs of sculptures, which have started to be placed off the north shore of Cayman Brac in a large sandy area close to the dive site called Radar Reef.
Phase one consists of the Archway of Atlantis and the Elders' Way - - a pathway lined with eleven 5-foot temple columns leading to the Inner Circle of Light, itself an enormous Sundial and base weighing nearly 10,000 lbs. On schedule for late June to early July this year, is the 18 ft tall Pyramid of Atlantis in excess of 40,000 lbs.
Nature has starting moving into the Lost City already, which Foots says adds to the mystery and mood of the dive site.
"Things are already covered in moss and are getting fleshed out, " he says. "There are cleaner shrimp everywhere and they in turn will bring other forms of life to the site. There are also an abundance of Sting Rays and Eagle Rays that are in the area," Foots says.
Brach Reef Beach resort manager Trudy Viers, says she's pleased that the resort will be able to offer its visitors yet another dynamic diving option.
"Foots really had a vision and he's doing a remarkable job and this will provide a very unique and memorable dive - - its a real tribute to Cayman Brac," she says.
As the sculptures are in about 40 to 50 feet of water, Viers says the dive will be accessible for all certified divers.
"This is a novice dive site so it will be quite accessible," she says. "On any given day you will see an abundance of marine life - you could see just about anything."
Brac Reef and Reef Divers II offer guests a choice of 120 dive sites dotting all 26 miles of the Caribbean Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. World-renowned Bloody Bay Wall, the Russian Frigate wreck renamed the "MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts" and numerous little-known pristine dive sites of Cayman Brac await.
Other diving highlights at Brac Reef Beach Resort and Reef Divers II include: three boat dives per day, two night dives weekly, PADI, NAUI and SSI instruction, unlimited use of tanks for shore dives (with a buddy), full Nitrox facilities and 80 degree water with unlimited visibility.