Festival of Seas 2023

Silver Seas

Celebrating 25 Years of CCMI

We invite you to share in the excitement and join the celebration to mark the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s (CCMI) 25 years of marine research, conservation, and education in the Cayman Islands.

DATE: Saturday, 4th November 2023
TIME: 6:30 – 11 pm
VENUE: Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa
DRESS: Black Tie and Silver Sparkle
COST: Standard ticket: CI $300; Table of 10: CI $3000

VIP Table of 10: CI $5000 – SOLD OUT


This milestone gala will be an elegant evening soiree, celebrating the first 25 years of CCMI’s work for coral reefs – and looking ahead to what our team of professionals can do with the support of our stakeholders. You’ll arrive to the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa and receive a welcome glass of bubbles before we head into the ballrooms for a 3-course dinner by the talented chefs at the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa. During the evening, you can bid on great items in our online auction, buy raffle tickets, get swept into the fun of the live auction, enjoy the keynote address by free diver Tanya Streeter, and dance the night away to live music by Lionfish.

Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to share an evening with others who are passionate about saving coral reefs and who join in our vision of vibrant oceans and healthy coral reefs for the future.

This vision begins with you, and we hope you will come together in support of coral reefs at Festival of Seas!

Festival of Seas is CCMI’s largest fundraising event of the year and will sustain our operations, education and research programmes in the Cayman Islands for the year to come. Our supporters will also help us grow our reach and impact in research and education as we move forward with expansion plans that will grow our capacity and capabilities. This growth will have even greater impact on the health of coral reefs that benefits the entire Cayman Islands community – and beyond.

You can reserve tickets now by emailing us. An online purchase option will be available soon!

Questions? Contact events@reefresearch.org

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:

  • Join as an Event Sponsor – ticketed sponsor levels begin at CI $2500
  • Donate an item to our online silent auction or for the live auction 
  • Add on a donation to your ticket at the Staghorn Supporter level (CI $1000) for brand exposure at the event – or in any amount to help ensure this evening is a success!

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


Standard: CI $300 ea

Table of 10: CI $3000

VIP* Table of 10: CI $5000 – SOLD OUT

Includes welcome drink, canapes, a 3-course dinner with 2 glasses of wine,  live music, dancing, and more!

*VIP tickets are only sold as a table of 10, and is limited availability. VIP tickets include an upgraded food and wine experience, premium seating, and a coral dome sponsorship.

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.

Many thanks to our Festival of Seas 2023 Sponsors

Fringing Reef

Established in 1973 the Cayman Islands office of Rawlinson & Hunter provides a broad range of services to local and offshore clients including trustee and corporate services, fund fiduciary services, restructuring and corporate recovery services and accounting services encompassing fund administration services to private funds.

The Caribbean the way it used to be. The Caribbean the way it is supposed to be. The Southern Cross Club, Little Cayman’s original beach resort, offers 14 beachfront bungalows, world class diving, fishing, peace, and relaxation. Few places in the world can compare with the charm, comfort, fine-dining, and hospitality of The Southern Cross Club. We are proud of our top-rated, professional in-house diving and fishing operation. The property has a unique and easy layout, anchored by the central Main House holding the bar, restaurant, and pool. Put it all together – we call it BAREFOOT LUXURY. 

Patch Reef

The Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association (CIREBA) is the recognized professional body providing a higher standard of practice, ethics, integrity and excellence in the Real Estate Industry.

Jacques Scott is the Island’s leading retailer and wholesaler of fine wines, beers and spirits. Founded in 1962 by Anthony Jacques Scott the company is now larger than ever thanks to a dedicated team of drinks experts.

Staghorn Supporter

25th Anniversary VIP Table Partners

Chris & Joanna Humphries

Ergun & Petra Berksoy

Sharon & Andrew Galloway

David & Kelly Walker

Simon & Candy Whicker

Sydney & Claire Coleman

25th Anniversary Table Partners

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