A cocktail party to benefit CCMI

Take a night dive on the coral reef and with the help of a special filter, you will be treated to a visual treat – the reefs vibrantly aglow against the darkness of the ocean. It is the phenomenon of biofluorescence that is responsible for this psychedelic display of colour – the process by which corals absorb certain wavelengths of light and emit it as pink or purple light – glowing and providing a serendipitous experience to the underwater explorer. These are the reefs at night. These are the reefs aglow.

DATE: Saturday, 13th November 2021
TIME: 7-10pm
VENUE: Grand Old House
DRESS: Island elegant, White & Bright
COST: CI $150

Join CCMI as we have fun at ‘The Reefs Aglow’ cocktail party! With white and bright colours – not to mention plenty of glow in the dark touches – we’ll feel the beauty of the biofluorescence of coral reefs at night.

Starting with a glow-in-the-dark welcome cocktail on arrival, this fun, lighthearted cocktail party will feature plenty of great food, live music, dancing, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction. Enjoy this opportunity to share a fun and lively evening with others who are passionate about saving coral reefs and who share in our vision of vibrant oceans and healthy coral reefs for the future.

This vision begins with you, and we hope you will join us as we celebrate our oceans with Festival of Seas: The Reefs Aglow.

Festival of Seas: The Reefs Aglow is CCMI’s major fundraising event of the year and will sustain our operations, education and research programmes in the Cayman Islands for the year to come as we continue to return to regular operations. In fact, with our team of professionals in place, we have exciting plans to grow our efforts in research and education over the next five years, having an even bigger impact to the health of coral reefs that benefits the entire Cayman Islands community.

You can purchase tickets online HERE (online ticketing fee applies) or reserve tickets and pay with a bank transfer.

Questions? Contact events@reefresearch.org


Unable to attend?

You can still support CCMI! Please DONATE to our efforts.

** Please note: due to Cayman Islands Government regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only those who are in residence in the Cayman Islands would currently be eligible to attend Festival of Seas. There is no guarantee overseas supporters will be able to attend. Tickets are transferable to other guests.

Get Ready to Bid in the Online Auction!

CCMI relies on the support of a vast network of supporters, volunteers and like- minded individuals that allow us to continue advancing towards evidence-based solutions to improve the health of our coral reefs. Festival of Seas: The Reefs Aglow will raise critical funds to support our operations and strengthen our domestic science education and research programmes over the next year while we continue returning to full operations at the field station.

Our fun and exciting auction will be exclusively online with a variety of items to bid on. Since it is all done through a mobile site, you can bid from the comfort of where you are at any time when the auction is open!

Learn more about how to bid through the online site HERE. Bidding begins 1st November, and the auction closes 10pm Cayman time on 13th November at Festival of Seas. 

You must register and enter a credit card in order to place any bids. Winning bidders will be notified by text and/or email when the auction closes. All proceeds go to CCMI, so bid early – and often! Good luck!


Individual: CI $150 ea

Includes food, unlimited drinks, live music, DJ and dancing


Upgrade your ticket for just CI $35 more! This upgrade gets you access to premium liquor brands including Zacapa 23, Botanist, Hendricks, Tito’s, Grey Goose, Don Julio, Johnny Walker Black, Macallan, Makers Mark, and more!

CCMI is taking covid-19 in our community seriously, and we are following all government regulations and guidelines for an event with 250 people. We would like to take this opportunity to remind our guests of a few things to make this an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone in attendance:

  • Bring a mask as you will need it when walking to/from the restrooms
  • CCMI staff and volunteers as well as Grand Old House staff will be wearing masks for your safety and comfort
  • CCMI staff are all fully vaccinated
  • CCMI staff will all produce a negative lateral flow test the day of the event in order to be on site

While Festival of Seas will be held exclusively outside on the deck of Grand Old House, we encourage all attendees to practice social distancing as you enjoy the party.

Many thanks to our Festival of Seas Sponsors


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Diadema Donor

Joanna and Charles Grover

“We are committed to supporting CCMI’s mission to provide education, research and programming initiatives that help to protect the future of our fragile ocean ecosystems in the face of increasing human activity and environmental changes.”