To say Cayman Kayaks crew is eclectic is an understatement. We have always been able to find (actually they find us) the hardest working, most fun to be with, staff around. We are very picky about our crew. Our ultimate goal is to make sure our guests have a comfortable and safe trip. Besides kayaking skills, we look for guides who not just lead the group but anticipate their needs with a constant eye out for possible problems.
You can be rest assured that when paddling on the ocean at night time you are in the comfort of fully trained guides.
Hi, we are Tom and Lisha Watling. We are a husband and wife team and the owners and operators of Cayman Kayaks here in the Cayman Islands.
Tom grew up in Grand Cayman where he developed a lifelong passion for the water and its marine life. He is the definition of an avid naturalist and loves discovering new things about the natural world. After years of experience sailing the Caribbean Sea, diving in the ocean and surfing the waves, Tom never pictured himself sitting in a kayak being a tour guide. It didn't take much time for Tom to enjoy being on the water in a kayak. His favorite part about his job is introducing people to the wonder of nature and all of its beauty. He will share his extensive and sensitive knowledge of the bioluminescent bay as well as a wealth of information about the flora and fauna inhabiting the mangroves. You will love having a local guide to share his stories of growing up in Cayman. His goal is to make sure that all of Cayman Kayaks guests enjoy the best of Cayman Islands natural resources in safe and professionally guided tours.
Lisha is originally from Canada, and did not hesitate when she was offered a job in the Cayman Islands. She will help you make your reservation a smooth process and will gladly assist you with any questions you have regarding the tour, places to eat and other things to do on island. Lisha’s passion for protecting nature and her experience in business administration makes Tom and Lisha the perfect team for Cayman Kayaks.
David grew up in the Cayman Islands. He moved here with his family at the tender age of 7. With his families extensive involvement in local conservation efforts he inherited a deep appreciation of nature- both above and below the waves.
Motivated by a passion for the outdoors and a desire to help spread awareness and enjoyment of Cayman's ecology, he has worked a variety of eco-tourism ventures as well as being involved with many local conservation volunteer initiatives. With David’s relaxed & enthusiastic character, he strives to deliver clear, safe, enjoyable tours that leave you with a cherished memory and an enhanced understanding of the local environment.
"David was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide! We especially appreciated the stargazing. He had a laser pointer that actually enabled us to see what constellation we were looking at. Very cool." ~ Holly- February 2018
Martin moved to Cayman from the white north in December 2017. In just a few short months he has fallen in love with Cayman and the lifestyle he has built for himself here. Having travelled and worked in New Zealand, Martin has a heart for adventure. A graduate of the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program in Ottawa, Ontario, Martin brings with him years of experience of being on the water and a wealth of knowledge and excitement for the natural environment. Martin is a certified Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Instructor Level II, Wilderness First Responder, CPR/AED certified and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.
Here is what Bill thinks of Martin
“Our guide Martin was the Most Informative and Knowledgeable person I have ever met!! If I were his boss I would sure give him a Huge pay raise. The Bioluminescent Bay was Awesome!!" ~ Bill January 2018
Mark hails from Ontario, Canada. His journey is very diverse, and full of adventure. It started in May 2012 as a Lead Wilderness Counselor for the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation, being responsible for youth on multi-day canoe trips in three different Provincial Parks in Ontario. Discovering his passion for working in the outdoors and with people, Mark went to school and is a graduate of the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist program in Canada. After school he ventured west to Alberta where he was an Interpretive Guide for Discover Banff Tours in Banff National Park. While working for Discover Banff Tours he was certified for the Apprentice Interpreter and Hiking Guide, which taught Mark how to deliver information about living in a sustainable environment, how we can do our part to protect and live in harmony with the wildlife that also calls the mountains home. Mark learned a lot about a different part of Canadian culture, Dog sledding, during two winter seasons before making his journey to us in Cayman! Mark is a certified Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Instructor Level II, Wilderness FirstResponder and CPR/AED certified
Come meet Mark before it’s too late, as he will only be with us for a short time before he embarks on furthering his education to complete his Bachelor of Science!