The History of Sunset House

Started in 1958, Sunset House is the premier hotel for Scuba Divers in Grand Cayman. Sunset House operates in conjunction with Sunset Divers to offer our guests a turnkey scuba diving holiday in the Cayman Islands.

​Our six boats take our divers to experience some of the best dive sites in Grand Cayman, and we offer scuba lessons from open water through to dive instructor. Cathy Church’s Photo Center is also onsite, for those interested in underwater photography.

You will arrive directly from the airport to our ocean-front resort on the west side of Grand Cayman. Enjoy some of Grand Cayman’s best shore diving, or relax by the pool with a cold beverage and free WiFi.

Sunset House is family-owned with a rich history. My Bar and Sea Harvest restaurant are popular with visitors and locals alike.


In 2018, Sunset House is celebrating their 60th anniversary. Away from the Seven Mile Beach strip, Sunset House is a pleasant combination of rural ambience and Old Cayman charm. Only minutes from George Town, the Resort is perched on a picturesque coral ledge overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

The Sunset House tradition began in 1958 by Hebe Connors, and her son Adrien. It was the first accommodation for divers travelling to Grand Cayman.

Miss Hebe added an eight room guest house to her original cottage, accommodating a small number of visitors. Now some 60 years later, Sunset House has grown to 36 air-conditioned units, including a choice of courtyard rooms, ocean view rooms, suites and apartments all nestled in lush greenery, along the south-west shore of the island.

Hebe Conners, a native 8th generation Caymanian, had an arrangement with Bob Soto, considered the father of recreational diving in the Cayman Islands, to take care of her diving guests. Bob had worked on a Navy salvage tug in 1945, and had learned about diving. He brought this knowledge home to Cayman in the late 1950’s.

Miss Hebe asked Bob to teach her son Adrien (Briggs) to dive. When he was not in school, 12 year old Adrien would accompany Bob on dive trips. According to Bob, Adrien ‘was a tough little dedicated diver’. Adrien and his wife Bonnie started Sunset Divers in 1972, incorporating the dive shop into Sunset House, and so at that time, Sunset House became Grand Cayman’s Hotel for Divers by Divers.

One of the most famous attractions at Sunset House is the popular and casual My Bar. The resorts outdoor tiki bar; sits on the sea edge overlooking the western horizon, it is the place to be during happy hour to watch the spectacular Cayman sunset. Sea Harvest restaurant is also on site offering a mouthwatering choice of West Indian cuisine.

One of the specialties at Sunset House is that it is also the home of Cathy Church’s Underwater Photo Centre.  Cathy Church and her staff are on hand to offer instruction, critique and have a full range of cameras, accessories and souvenirs in their retail store.

With Sunset Divers on site, divers are offered the best diving Grand Cayman has to offer. Custom dive boats, with two new ones on their way for next season, Sunset Divers offers everything you need including professional instructors, full range of PADI courses, rinse tanks and newly built dive lockers. Everything you would expect from your resort dive shop.

The famous mermaid ‘Amphitrite’, a 9 foot tall bronze statue sitting at 55ft, keeps an ever present watch over the Sunset House reef. Adventure a little further and you will find the wreck of the David Nicholson, a landing craft purposely sunk by Adrien as an artificial reef.

Sunset House’s guests are treated to the same warm hospitality you would expect from your family & friends. It is a tradition now passed down over 3 generations, from Grandmother to Son, and now the Grandchildren.  Over the last 60 years, since 1958, the Briggs family have been inviting visitors into their expanded home.

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