Festival of Seas 2024

You’re invited!

Join the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) as we look toward the horizon, the future, and what it means for coral reefs. The heating and disease events of last summer suggest that the impacts of climate change on coral reefs are intensifying. We still have hope for a future for coral reefs, but there is a growing sense of urgency and immediate action required if we are to make the necessary impact. CCMI’s work in research, conservation, and education has never been more important, and your support is needed now more than ever. Help CCMI broaden our horizons, growing our effort and impact for coral reefs.


WHEN: Saturday 16th November 2024

TIME: 6:30 pm Cocktails | 7:30 pm Dinner, guest speaker, live auction | 10:00 pm Live music and dancing

WHERE: The Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa

ATTIRE: Black Tie and Coral Colourful

GUEST SPEAKER: Doug Allan, award-winning Blue Planet and Planet Earth cameraman

Tickets purchased online will be charged an additional service fee for the transaction. To avoid this additional cost, you can reserve tickets via events@reefresearch.org, or click the button ‘RESERVE YOUR TICKETS’, and pay via cash, cheque, or bank transfer within two weeks.

Tables and Tickets

VIP TABLE PARTNER – CI $5000 (limited number of tables)

Wow your guests with an expanded gala experience by upgrading to a VIP table for a special night. (One table of 10, premium location)



Share the fun with friends and colleagues at your own private table! Our Festival of Seas Table Partners organize their guests to attend the gala, enjoy a fun and memorable evening together at your private table. (One table of 10, choice location)



Attend individually, as a couple, or with a few friends, and share a table with other CCMI supporters! You’ll enjoy world-class hospitality from The Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa and the special touches that make this gala the unique, fun, memorable evening for which CCMI is known!


Read more about the benefits for each option HERE.

Support CCMI at Festival of Seas

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 will raise critical funds to support our operations and strengthen our domestic science education and research programmes as we look ahead to an exciting future expansion of our organisation, facilities, and programmes.

We invite you to support this event is a variety of ways:

Contact CCMI to get more information and to express your interest in making this a successful event!

Watch this space for information about our online auction and other ways you can support CCMI through the annual Festival of Seas gala.

Event if you are unable to attend, you can still help us reach our fundraising goals!

You can donate to CCMI even if you are unable to attend the event. Your donation helps underpin our growing research, conservation, and education programmes.

If you prefer to donate via a bank transfer or would like to support CCMI’s capital campaign through a donation to the Coral Fund, please EMAIL donations@reefresearch.org for account details.

Coral Reef Horizons Photography Competition

As part of CCMI’s annual fundraising gala, Festival of Seas 2024, we are running a photography competition to share vivid imagery of coral reefs as it related to the gala theme, Coral Reef Horizons, to help communicate the beauty, value, and importance of coral reefs to the Cayman Islands and people who live and visit the islands.

Submissions open:            7 June 2024
Final submissions due:      4 October 2024
Finalists notified:               25 October 2024

Learn more about the rules of the competition and submit your photos between 7th June and 4th October for your chance to win in one of the three categories!

Many thanks to our Festival of Seas 2024 Sponsors


Speaker Underwriter

Dart is a global investment company founded by visionary investor and entrepreneur Ken Dart. Based in the Cayman Islands, Dart oversees a global portfolio with operating businesses in multiple industries, including real estate development, finance, retail, hospitality and entertainment. Established as a family office in the 1990s, Dart has grown to become the standard-bearer for sustainable growth in the Cayman Islands and beyond. As the largest private investor and employer in the Cayman Islands, Dart focuses its community development efforts on education, youth development and the environment


Established in 1970, Cayman Villas Short Term Vacation Rental Agency has been a prominent figure in the tourism industry in the Cayman Islands for over five decades. As a family-owned and operated business, we take pride in offering a truly authentic Caymanian hospitality experience to visitors from around the world.

Staghorn Supporter

VIP Table Partners

Chris and Joanna Humphries

Table Partners

Welcome Drinks Sponsor

Anonymous Sponsor