A different way of diving
One of the most enjoyable activities at the festival is hunting for underwater treasure. Participants will try to avoid ending up with their bones on the seabed. Immersing yourself in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean is part of the prize.
Christopher Columbus was the first to discover these islands, packed with turtles and crocodiles, in 1503, during his fourth journey to the Americas. But it was a privateer, the Englishman Francis Drake, who named them in 1586. Nearly a century-and-a-half later, in the spring of 1717, a small schooner was captured off the coast of Grand Cayman. At the helm of the incursion was an exiled English sailor, with a thick beard and a fearsome reputation. His name was Edward Teach, but he was better known as Blackbeard, the relentless sea dog. And his arrival was no chance occurrence.
The Cayman Islands had become a favourite base for buccaneers, colonists and filibusters, most of them English and French. A strategic enclave, it allowed them to attack Spanish galleons, while the newly established English, French and Dutch colonies were ideal for the pirates to create centres to repair their boats and gather supplies.