Hiking in Paradise on the Mastic Trail
Tropical vacation destinations often feel more suited for a leisurely stroll than huffing and puffing through an adventure hike. Luckily, Grand Cayman has a spot that will please both explorers and relaxation seekers alike.
The Mastic Trail is a winding path that takes visitors through some of the last remaining examples of Caribbean dry forest. You’ll spot a wide range of vibrantly-plumaged birds, from Cayman Parrots to West Indian Woodpeckers, playing amidst the tall trees and mangroves. There’s also a lot of history to absorb during your two mile, gently sloping trek, as the woodlands are more than two million years old, and they have a lot of stories to tell.
Visiting the Glowworms of Waitomo Caves
You haven’t seen anything like New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves, though there’s a chance you’ve at least seen a photo of its mossy backdrop. Often called the “glowworm caves,” inside, thousands of dazzling luminescent creatures sparkle through the dark waters as you raft or hike through.
Lucky for all the age groups in your party, there are plenty of ways to see them, from black water rafting, rappelling off the craggy mountain cliff or leisurely kayaking over them as they twinkle against the dark cave walls. Along with the glowworms, the area also boasts Aranui Cave – a dry cave that is known as Waitomo’s best kept secret.