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Meet Cayman native and entrepreneur, Emile Levy. His love for the island and preservation gave him the idea for the ultimate environmentally-friendly bag: Siggy Bags. The bags are made of recycled animal feed packages, and quickly became popular with Caymanians and tourists alike! The bags are very sturdy and versatile, and they are very reasonably priced at $12 CI for the most expensive bag.

Emile is no stranger to owning his own business; running Cayman Islands Native Fun Tours for 15 years. So, it’s not surprising that they have now sold over 5,000 bags and even started making other items like aprons and raincoats. Along with new merchandise, Siggy Bags also has it's first designated spot on the beach in George Town!

If you're interested in getting your own Siggy Bag, give Emile a call at (345) 928-0560.


   
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If you haven't experienced the Cayman Turtle Farm check it out next time you visit Grand Cayman! While it's an absolute must for kids, it's also a great time for adults.

holding a baby turtleThe Best Part!

The most popular attraction? Holding baby turtles! Technically the turtles are yearlings (a turtle in it's second year of life), but they seem like babies compared to their adult counterparts! The farm has small wading pools called Turtle Touch Tanks where yearling turtles swim around in circles. Kids are welcome to climb into the pools and play with the turtles, and all are welcome to hold the sweet turtles. Just make sure to use the hand washing station before handling the turtles, and if you need help handling a turtle one of the employees is always around and willing to scoop one up for you and give you tips. On my first trip, I can remember the employee telling me that the turtles liked to be rubbed right under the neck. This made me laugh, but it really seemed to relax the turtle he was holding.

In addition to the Turtle Touch Tanks, visitors can also check out full-grown green sea turtles swimming around in The Green's Breeding Pond. They are huge, and really fun to observe. You can also see a Loggerhead sea turtle in Loggerhead's Sea Loft. These are both for observation only, but there is another option to get up close and personal with turtles in the Turtle Lagoon. In the Turtle Lagoon you can swim and snorkel with yearling green sea turtles and other sea life while exploring coral and small little islands that iguanas and even peacocks rest on! Many of these experiences are included with a basic admission ticket, but some do require an extended pass.

How the Turtle Farm Began

The turtle farm was founded in 1968 by a private group and was purchased in 1983 by the Cayman Islands Government. The goal of the farm is "to produce enough turtles to supply the needs of the local market and to continue releasing turtles" into the wild in an effort to conserve the population and ensure green sea turtles flourish around the islands for years to come.

The farm has lots of information about the sea turtles of Cayman and their efforts to build the population in The Education Center & Hatchery.

small waterfall at turtle farmAnd there's more!

As if all of these turtle-y reasons aren't enough reason to visit, the farm also has a small water park (Breakers Lagoon), a gravel path with old traditional homes (Cayman Street), an area for birdlife (Caribbean Free Flight Aviary), a 9 foot saltwater crocodile named Smiley (Smiley's Saltwater Lagoon), several nurse sharks and more in a small aquarium (Predator Reef) and a cool nature trail (Blue Hole). 

Parking Lot Photoshoot

And last but not least, the parking lot is reason enough to go. The views are outstanding and perfect for an impromtu photo shoot with family or friends.

Daphne walks towards the ocean in lot
  Toni in front of rock and Caribbean Sea   rugged rock wall and ocean

 

 Want to hold baby turtles? Come stay with us and visit the farm!
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