Starfish Point

Captains Log, Starfish Point

HOW TO TELL IT'S HOT

Great shot of our guests at Starfish Point today - we hope they like it too! After yesterday's blustery weather which cancelled tours, it was a blessing to be out.

  Great shot of our tour guests at Starfish Point today

Great shot of our tour guests at Starfish Point today

However, there is a detail which we found quite telling about the heat of the day - do you notice it?

  It's hot out there, and this is the only shade ....

It's hot out there, and this is the only shade ....

Caribbean summers are not for the faint-hearted. It is not so much the temperature, but the humidity which can be tough if you are not used to it.

Of course, we love it and would not have it any other way. But visitors, remember to keep yourself covered, keep the sunscreen on and keep hydrated!

Looking forward to taking you on your next tour!

Captains Log, Excursions, Starfish Point

STARFISH AND STINGRAYS

Starfish Point. Coconut trees. Sea stars. Perfect sandy beach. Pretty much a tiny little piece of paradise tucked away on the Northern side of Grand Cayman. What more could you ask for?

Well, Mother Nature is spoiling us once again and made magic happen with some stingrays starting to visit this spot away from Stingray City.

The girl who started it all - Baby Barbara

It all seemed to start a few months back with one of "Barbara's" babies (Captain Mario's favourite stingray). Barbara has a genetic fault which leaves her without a tail, and as such, her offspring can be easily identified. Baby Barbara was really still quite small, and the crew left her alone, not bringing much attention to her in the hopes of not scaring her away, but always keeping an eye open for her to make sure she was doing okay.

Sea stars AND stingrays at Starfish Point!

Happy to report she has been doing fabulously and seems to have tweeted some other pals to come along to this beautiful beach as well. It is fun to see guest reactions when they are posing with sea stars and suddenly have a stingray swim past them - reactions can be pretty dramatic and Youtube worthy (now there's a thought!). But all in all, we think it must come close to being one of the best Caribbean moments possible and should be rounded off by a famous Mudslide of course!

Have to thank the "girls" for this added attraction at Starfish Point - it was always a favourite spot for us, but it has now become even better!

 

Captains Log, Excursions, starfish, Starfish Point, things to do

STARFISH POINT - GRAND CAYMAN

Sucks not being able to breathe.

THAT is why we emphasise to our guests to keep the precious Sea Stars in the water. Taking them out of the water is the same as someone holding your head under water - not a good feeling.

Imagine having your head pushed under water all day long, again and again.

They do not belong on your head and are also not rugby balls to be kicked around.

We need to look after life, no matter what form. Just look at these stunning specimens we found for our guests visiting Starfish Point. This is what we want our guests to enjoy, this is the heritage we want to leave to the future generations.

Keep them in the water folks - karma will be kinder.

  Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

Gorgeous to look at, so special to hold, but keep in them in the water, so they can grow old

For more on this subject, check out what the kids are saying ...... LINK

Captains Log, Starfish Point, weather

STORMY CARIBBEAN SKIES BUT STUNNING WATER

We live in the tropics. It is mid summer. And the weather is letting us know it ....

It can be hard to believe that weather can change so many times in such a short time, but our 3.5 hour tour yesterday experienced the full spectrum, from stunning caribbean sun to tropical storm and everything in between. The photos below give some idea of the difference whilst visiting Starfish Point .... for approximately 25 minutes!

  Now you see the sun ...

Now you see the sun ...

  ...now you don't

...now you don't

Many times we are asked if the weather looks good - a difficult query to answer with certainty because of the above. We know that our guests want the very best possible conditions and wish we could guarantee this. We can't.

However, Captain Mario does have a pretty good gut feeling when it comes to the weather and very seldom gets caught by surprise (and is rather grumpy if it happens) becausehe genuinely wants the best for those on board.

So please bear in mind when booking, we will try our best to advise the best possible day for you, but Mother Nature always has tricks up her sleeve to keep us on our toes .....

  Moody skies but awesome water clarity yesterday ... anchor line & Sea Stars at Starfish Point

Moody skies but awesome water clarity yesterday ... anchor line & Sea Stars at Starfish Point

Captains Log, Starfish Point, starfish

A rare find at Starfish Point

It has been a little time since we last blogged. There has been plenty to blog about, but so little time to actually put it together.

To begin with, we are so, so grateful to have seen the worst of the weather gone. That was a very tough few months and some of the worst conditions that we have experienced in decades. Needless to say, every hour of Caribbean sun that we are getting now is LOVED (I am sure island visitors are feeling the same!).

 Starfish Point has been exquisite and we have shared a ton of photos with our guests - we provide them free of charge and we hope that they love their vacation photos.

This week, Captain Mario also found this cutie there - he did not recognise it, but we contacted the Department of Environment and they identified it as a Two Spined Sea Star :

  Two spined sea star at Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

Two spined sea star at Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

The photo not only captures how beautiful it is, but also how clear the waters have been this week (more photos below!).

This fellow is nocturnal and usually only comes out of hiding in the sand at night to enjoy it's prey - it is a carnivore and likes to munch on molluscs and gastropods such as the queen conch. It transfers its prey to its mouth using it's arms and swallows it whole, later regurgitating undigested leftovers.

It was a great little find and we have enjoyed sharing the pics and the info with you!

 
  Caribbean Cushion Sea Star at Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

Caribbean Cushion Sea Star at Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

 

As we were saying above, we have been blessed over the last two weeks with great conditions (this past Wednesday being the only day that was so bad we had to cancel tours), and we promised to share some photos - so here they are - enjoy!

  Enjoying a stingray snuggle in Grand Cayman

Enjoying a stingray snuggle in Grand Cayman

  One of the "ladies" at Stingray City in Grand Cayman

One of the "ladies" at Stingray City in Grand Cayman

  DIY stingray kiss at the Sandbar in Grand Cayman

DIY stingray kiss at the Sandbar in Grand Cayman

  Fire coral at the reef in Grand Cayman

Fire coral at the reef in Grand Cayman

Captains Log, Starfish Point, Stingray City

9 February 2015 - The calm between the storms!

Tour Time : 8:30am

Guests from : Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Westin Hotel Grand Cayman, residents

Star Stingray : Snowflake

No Shows : 0

  Caribbean beauty stuns the mind

Caribbean beauty stuns the mind

NOT happy about having to cancel tours on the past Saturday and Sunday (lousy weather) .... leaves a bad taste in the mouth and disappointed guests. We were holding our breath for Monday morning as the prediction was for a few hours of gorgeous weather, and some guests had very kindly agreed to move their booking to this date on our advice. Tense times indeed!

  Approaching the Reef in Grand Cayman for snorkelling

Approaching the Reef in Grand Cayman for snorkelling

But oh my were our guests rewarded! We set off from the Cayman Islands Yacht Club in completely still waters, and made our way across the emerald caribbean waters towards the Reef for our snorkel stop. Everyone was mesmerised by the incredible clarity of the water - you could make out each blade of turtle grass, and see the burnt amber starfish that whizzed past under the bow. The closer we got to the reef, the bluer the water ...... spectacular colours all round! The ocean was so inviting our guests were in the water before you could say "mask"!

 

 A Blue Runner joins us snorkelling the Reef in Grand Cayman

A Blue Runner joins us snorkelling the Reef in Grand Cayman

"Refreshing" is the best way to describe the water - cooler than normal due to the recent winds and rain, but so easy to adjust to, especially when looking around at the beauty under the surface. Everyone shot off in different directions, all eager to ogle the tropical fish and splendid coral formations. Waiting to welcome us were Trumpet Fish, giant Parrot Fish, Blue Tangs, Blue Runners, Snappers, and stingrays ... and someone special!

 Trumpet fish found along the Reef during the snorkel stop

Trumpet fish found along the Reef during the snorkel stop

Captain Mario joined the group in the water and headed off to find a friend of his ..... which he did! There is a Moray Eel who lives along the Reef, and the captain is quite adept at locating her. He found her home for the day and promised to bring everyone to see her a little later on ..... it was time to move on to Starfish Point first, and if we had time, we could return to visit. The weather was already showing signs of turning, with the wind picking up a little from the South West, and Captain Mario's priority was to make the best of the excursion before it really took hold!

  Incredible cloud formations on the way to Starfish Point

Incredible cloud formations on the way to Starfish Point

"Big John" arrived at Starfish Point to find it deserted except for one couple standing in the waters, in awe of the surrounding nature. The ombre shades of blues and greens of the water lapping this idyllic beach were breath taking. Our 1st Mate Dwayne went off in search of Starfish while Captain Mario chatted to our guests about the beach and the gorgeous little creatures after which the beach is named.

  Caribbean blue up in the skies at  Starfish Point

Caribbean blue up in the skies at Starfish Point

  Juvenile Starfish making tracks

Juvenile Starfish making tracks

Our tour then continued onto Stingray City Sandbar, world famous for it's stingrays. All aboard were buzzing with excitement about meeting the "ladies", and questions were being fired at the crew about how to hold and kiss the stingrays. They were firing the answers back as quick as they could!

  Stingray City Grand Cayman - the sandbar - and one of the stars

Stingray City Grand Cayman - the sandbar - and one of the stars

Even though the wind was slowly but surely picking up again, and the waters very moderately choppy, we had timed this visit perfectly - as we arrived, everyone else bar one boat melted into the horizon and we were left the centre of the stingrays' attention. Bliss! In minutes, the love was all around our guests, and Dwayne was once again captivated by his beloved Snowflake. Giggles, squeaks, ooooh's and aaaah's filled the air - the girls were especially affectionate today and plenty of kisses were handed out. Captain Mario was right in the thick of things trying to capture it all, taking photos of the action (which are provided free to our guests). It was sad to leave the ladies, but everyone had voted to go back to see the eel and it was time to do this.

So off we tootled back to the Reef to return to the promised spot! Most of the guests couldn't wait to get back into the water to meet her (although some were a little more cautious and preferred to stay onboard). Captain Mario did not disappoint! He managed to anchor just a few metres from the coral where the eel was regally awaiting her audience. Oh she was in such a social mood today! She put on a brilliant display of Cayman hospitality and repeatedly came all the way out of her hole to  let her visitors get some great pictures and footage!

  The Moray Eel at Grand Cayman's Reef - ain't she a beauty?

The Moray Eel at Grand Cayman's Reef - ain't she a beauty?

All in all, an incredible excursion today, and we hope that our guests had a good time that will be remembered forever.

We hope you enjoyed reading all about, and genuinely hope to be able to host you one day as well!

Captains Log, Starfish Point

30 January 2015 - BY THE SKIN ON YOUR CHINNY-CHIN-CHIN!

  The end of the excursion and we narrowly miss the storm - well done Captain Mario!

The end of the excursion and we narrowly miss the storm - well done Captain Mario!

As we wrote yesterday morning, conditions meant it was a close call whether to cancel the tour or not, but in the end, Captain Mario decided it was a GO, GO, GO!

Tour Time : 11:30am

Guests from : Carnival Pride Cruise, Carnival Splendour Cruise, Paradise Pointe apartments, Sunshines Suites Hotel

Star Stingray : Frosty

No Shows : 0

And boy was he glad that he had made that decision when he met our guests for the day - their cruise had been dogged each step of the way by bad weather, and at each stop they had faced cancelled excursions - what a blow that must have been for them all!

With this news in mind, Captain Mario and the crew were more determined than ever to get them out to the beautiful sites in Grand Cayman, and to get them their fill of stingray kisses! The winds gave our excursion guests a run for their money, but they were amazing and took on the adventure with huge enthusiasm! 

Coral Gardens was the best snorkel site for the day and it was not a disappointment. Even though  the wind was howling above the surface, the ocean was beautifully clear below and our guests enjoyed great visibility. Captain Mario got some great shots of the very timid Spot Fin Butterfly fish and the pretty corals, while also managing some awesome photos of our guests snorkelling.

  Incredible clarity in the water at Coral Gardens, even though the winds were howling above the surface

Incredible clarity in the water at Coral Gardens, even though the winds were howling above the surface

Starfish Point Beach proved to be a real delight, with the gorgeous Caribbean sun spoiling us all with a great show during this visit. The tropical colours were ablaze and gave us the opportunity for some superb pictures with the starfish (now known as Sea Stars). Everyone marvelled at these little creatures, except for one little guy who was not totally convinced and kept his mask on at all times ....

  Keeping the mask on  just in case ....... Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

Keeping the mask on  just in case ....... Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

  The Caribbean sun puts on its gorgeous display at Starfish Point

The Caribbean sun puts on its gorgeous display at Starfish Point

Stingray City Sandbar was the last stop - choppy waters could not deter our excited guests! The crew had so much fun introducing them to the gentle and sweet "Frosty" - she really is so terribly laid back and happy to hand out the love! What a moment it was to have our guests enjoying this moment after having so many of their vacation dreams dashed by bad weather at previous ports - jubilation for sure! 

  The choppy waters at the Stingray City Sandbar were no match for our awesome guests!

The choppy waters at the Stingray City Sandbar were no match for our awesome guests!

  This young guest's dream comes true - a stingray kiss to remember - mission accomplished!

This young guest's dream comes true - a stingray kiss to remember - mission accomplished!

It was a very fond farewell at the end of this tour, and we sincerely hope that we have left our island visitors with good memories that will entice them back for more!

Captains Log, Excursions, private tours, Starfish Point

25 January 2015 - CALM BEFORE THE STORM

As happens so often in the Caribbean, we have enjoyed some idyllic conditions over the last two days which only means the miserable stuff is on the way ........

Tour Time : Standard tour @ 8:30am and a private chartered tour at 1:00pm

Guests from : Disney Wonder Cruise ship, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, self drive, Coral Bay Village

Star Stingray : Snowflake

No Shows : 2

  The calm before the storm .... Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

The calm before the storm .... Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

It's hard to believe that just a three hours after the above picture was taken, Grand Cayman was experiencing a downpour of note! The morning tour had gone off very well with the sun shining down on our excursion guests, affording us a very comfortable tour and loads of photos opportunities at Stingray City Sandbar and Starfish Point Beach. In the above photo, you can even see Rasta the pelican paddling happily away near to shore. Don't know what happened to his two mates that were with him a few days ago, but hope we see them again.

The afternoon's private tour went ahead as scheduled. This was a bachelorette celebration for a bunch of lasses all the way from New Jersey, and they bravely put their faith into our Captain Mario who was proven correct! The storm hit the island with as much water as it could, but the North Sound was wonderfully rain free and even managed a spot of sunlight here and there. We hope that they enjoyed their celebration with us (no photos published OF COURSE) and wish the bride a very happy wedding in June!

  Feeling kind of blue .....

Feeling kind of blue .....

Excursions, Starfish Point, sunset

24 December 2014 - Grand Cayman Islands Tours

Everyone passes gas some time .......

Captain Mario and crew saw every kind of weather today ....... black skies, squalls, gusting winds, rainbows through to shots of sparkling caribbean sun and clarity under the water!

Kudos to our excursion guests who took it all in their stride and were rewarded with awesome snorkelling, finding a Queen Helmut and a sunset that could only mean christmas would be here the next day!

For the most of the day, it was better to keep the head under water to watch the breath taking coral formations and the tropical fish. It is quite extraordinary how the reef can still be so lit up on a dark day. 

 Above the surface .......

Above the surface .......

 Below the surface ........

Below the surface ........

Grand Cayman island seems to always dish out superb sunsets around the festive season, and she did not let us down this year either. How quiet people become when they behold such beautiful work by Mother Nature - I am quite sure you would have to be souless not to be affected ....... we hope it added a touch of special christmas feelings to all who we were lucky to be hosting!

 Things to do on vacation in Grand Cayman

Starfish Point, Stingray City, Captains Log

22 December 2014 - Stingray City Tours in Grand Cayman

Tour Time : 9:00am & Private Chartered Tour at 2:30pm

Guests from : Westin Hotel, The Meridian Condos, The Castle in East End

Star Stingray : Lilly & Snowflake

The island is buzzing with excitement - Christmas in Grand Cayman is a Caribbean delight. The sunny, tropical climate often leaves visitors from colder climates a little off balance, but we are sure they are lapping up the warmth whatever attraction they choose to tackle for the day!

We enjoyed two excursions to Stingray City Sandbar, snorkel sites and Starfish Point today - how lucky can we get? The first tour was a standard tour, and the second a private excursion for a wonderful group staying at the Castle in East End. 

  Chasing Barbara the stingray

Chasing Barbara the stingray

Snorkelling at Coral Gardens brought Captain Mario's favourite stingray out to play, and play she did! The Caribbean ocean once again provided an underwater beauty spot with fabulous coral, tropical fish and a lovely school of Grunts.

  A school of Grunts surround us while snorkelling

A school of Grunts surround us while snorkelling

Circling above us was a lone seagull, hoping to grab a take-away lunch - they can be very cheeky at Stingray City Sandbar. When feeding the stingrays at the sandbar, the initial knee-jerk reaction is to pull away and hold the squid up in the air - and that is when the seagulls pounce!! Incredibly quick - before you know it is just your hand waving about above your head, whilst a happy bird disappears into the horizon. 

  In-coming squid thief!

In-coming squid thief!

Starfish Point, was, as usual, stunning. Our excursions guests relaxed and pondered the Sea Stars and breathed in the fresh tropical air. 1st Mate Dwayne and a guest enjoyed a touch of American football during the stop - definitely working up the appetite for pizza!

  Cayman vacation - relaxing, exploring and having fun!

Cayman vacation - relaxing, exploring and having fun!

The stingrays were an eager bunch at the Sandbar, ready to share the love (and the squid!). We call squid Stingray Popcorn - they can't stop eating it!

  What a smile - what a moment! Cradling a stingray at  Stingray City  in Grand Cayman

What a smile - what a moment! Cradling a stingray at Stingray City in Grand Cayman

The second tour of the day was a private chartered tour for a lovely group enjoying their holiday at the Castle in East End. Private tours are definitely the best way to visit these attractions, and are surprisingly affordable if you are a group. These excursions are a fantastic way to celebrate a destination wedding or another special occasion! 

  Our private tour guests enjoying their visit to Stingray City Sandbar, Grand Cayman

Our private tour guests enjoying their visit to Stingray City Sandbar, Grand Cayman

And of course, to round the day off ....... a splendid Caribbean sunset watched in awe from Starfish Point, before setting off to drop our guests back at the Kaibo Yacht Club. Another gorgeous and memorable day in paradise!

  Grand Cayman sunset from Starfish Point

Grand Cayman sunset from Starfish Point

Snorkel, Captains Log, Starfish Point

21 December 2014 - Cayman Islands Tours

Tour Time : 2 different tours today

Guests from : Marriott Hotel, Anchorage Condo, Westin Hotel, Oceania Riviera Cruise, Grand Cayman Beach Suites Hotel, Park Place Condo

Star Stingray : Snowflake and Lilly

  Barbara gently nudges one of the snorkellers to say hi

Barbara gently nudges one of the snorkellers to say hi

Gorgeous day today! The Caribbean sun which has been MIA for so many days is fighting her way back. Skies are blue and the wind is just cool enough to take the sting out of the sun rays. Brilliant colours all round us with the ocean a sparkling blue. Visibility at the snorkel sight was great and once again Barbara visited us, even giving one of our excursion guests a gentle nudge to say hi!

She has been so social lately, and has played catch and tag and follow my leader with the island visitors - how awesome is she?

 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman

We had two pregnant ladies on board and they did so well breathing for two during the snorkel  site visit - we are sure they enjoyed a little of the buoyancy of the water to take the weight off the legs! So many fish around - almost as if they had missed visitors for some time.

 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman
 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman
 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman

The tour included a visit to Starfish Point, one of the most beautiful beaches on Grand Cayman - a little piece of Caribbean paradise tucked away. It is almost a pity to let everyone know about this beach, but how can we not share? A vacation to Grand Cayman island should absolutely include this attraction!

Our visit to Stingray City Sandbar - oh what a pleasure! The tropical winds have died down, and the sea was beautifully smooth. We had a great time taking pictures of the guests kissing the stingrays.

All in all, another day in paradise ....... want to come join us?

Starfish Point, Captains Log

19 December 2014 - Shore Excursions to Stingray City

Tour Time : 14:00am (departed 14:40am)

Guests from : Marriott, Westin

Star Stingray : Snowflake

Oh my - how nice to see the sun come out again! The long, nasty cold front that has besieged Grand Cayman in waves for so long now looks to be moving on, and the Caribbean sun is making a comeback!

We are certain that you can identify with days when no matter how well you plan, everything just seems to go wrong! The lethargy of the island doldrums seems to have affected everyone, and the return of the sun appears to have affected all - like a deer staring into headlights .... somewhat stunned. 

And so it was that busses did not collect guests on time and the tour started late. Some things are beyond our control, but giving our tour guests the best possible excursion experience despite a less than perfect start is an absolutely a must!

Our guests found the snorkel sight good and enjoyed the company of the stingray called Barbara who seems to come visit us every day now. Visibility was not 100% but good enough for our guests to enjoy. The sandbar gave us the chance to feed some eager stingrays, and our guests got their fair share of kisses (earning 7 years good luck!).

Starfish Point provided an incredible Caribbean vacation backdrop for the photos there - the sunset turning the surroundings into a beautiful dusky pink.

All in all, a great tour with truly wonderful guests - can't wait to do it again tomorrow!

Starfish Point, Captains Log

16 December 2014 - Shore Excursions Grand Cayman

Tour Time : 10:30am (departed 10:30am)

Guests from : Independence of the Seas, Major Rod's hostel

Star Stingray : Lilly

  Underwater fun while  snorkelling in Grand Cayman

Underwater fun while snorkelling in Grand Cayman

Oh me oh my ..... this has got to be the longest windy season Grand Cayman has experienced in forever! Kudos to our tour guests for braving it all and having a ball despite the conditions which would be off-putting to less adventurous types!

 Snorkel Grand Cayman

It was a constant tussle between the grey clouds and that gorgeous caribbean sun throughout the excursion. But, it worked out well with the clouds winning during the snorkel site visit and the sun breaking through for our visit to Starfish Point and Stingray City Sandbar - just perfect! We managed to get some truly lovely pictures for our guests and hope they enjoy them!

  The sun breaks out for us at Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

The sun breaks out for us at Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

Captains Log, Excursions, Starfish Point

14 December 2014 - Shore Excursions Grand Cayman

Tour Time : 08:30am (departed 8:30am)

Guests from : Disney Wonder, Cayman Reef Resort, Grand Cayman Beach Suites, The Island Club

Star Stingray : Frosty

Grand Cayman woke up to island wide grey skies which prompted some booked guests to perform the dreaded "no show" - guests who don't let tour operators know that they will not be joining the tour after all - without letting them know! This causes such frustration and extra cost to a small family company like ours, but we are always determined to remain faithful to the guests who do show! And wow, what an excursion it was!

  A Sergeant Major performs a spectacular photo bomb at  Coral Gardens

A Sergeant Major performs a spectacular photo bomb at Coral Gardens

The beautiful Caribbean sun broke through by around 9:00am and the tropical waters were glowing with vibrant colour again, and our vacation visitors were more than ready for the adventure!

The outing was filled with stingrays accompanying our group at the snorkel site, incredibly clear waters at Starfish Point (where everyone was awed by the beautiful beach and the Sea Stars), and Stingray City Sandbar provided snuggles and kisses with "Frosty". One young chap enjoyed the stingrays kisses immensely and kept coming back for more and more (making Frosty feel very good about herself)!

Captain Mario discovered the world of "selfies" today - promptly borrowed some glasses from one of the kids on-board and had a ball with the camera ....... this will be the beginning of many such photos, we are pretty sure!

  Captain Mario has discovered selfies ..... oh dear ....

Captain Mario has discovered selfies ..... oh dear ....

Such a delightful tour - it was difficult to choose photos to share. So. We have put them in an album showing some of the best pictures so that you can enjoy them - this is THE LINK to the Flickr album.

Have a special week and Grand Cayman greetings from us all!

Captains Log, Excursions, Starfish Point

13 December 2014 - Tours to Stingray City

Tour Time : 10:30am (departed 10:40am - a little late due to trying guests who were MIA)

Guests from : Treasure Island Hotel, Lime Tree Bay, Westin, Marriott

Star Stingray : Snowflake

Today's caribbean skies was a constant battle between radiant Caribbean sun and sulky grey clouds. The winds have weakened but we were still feeling a strong breeze and experiencing choppy waters in the North Sound (see below!). This is Grand Cayman's winter weather......

  Kisses and splashes all at the same time at the  Stingray City Sandbar  today!

Kisses and splashes all at the same time at the Stingray City Sandbar today!

However, a good time was had by our tour guests. Captain Mario reports that one had the most infectious laugh he has ever heard, and that this laugh was owned by a really jolly person - so the excursion was one ripple of laughter of the other. How awesome.

 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman
 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman

The north side of Starfish Point proved unpleasant, so Captain Mario opted for the North Side of the beach. Every captain has "those" days, and Captain Mario put on a display of first - how not to anchor the boat and then a second - exactly how to anchor the boat - to much teasing from those aboard!

It proved to be absolutely worth it! All enjoyed this little piece of caribbean paradise, ogling the starfish in the awesomely translucent water. One vacation visitor even enjoyed a pedicure by a tiny little crab whilst here!

  Can you spot the little white crab giving our guest a pedicure at Starfish Point? And just look at the clarity of the water there today!

Can you spot the little white crab giving our guest a pedicure at Starfish Point? And just look at the clarity of the water there today!

These are the kind of moments that make each and every one of our shore excursions in Grand Cayman so unique - and we love it!

So if you are planning your next caribbean holiday, we hope you pop on over and give us something exciting to write about!

Captains Log, Excursions, Starfish Point

10 December 2014 - Stingray City Tours

Tour Time : 9:30am (departed 9:45am due to ships anchoring at Spotts beach)

Guests from : Carnival Freedom, Sunshines Suites Grand Cayman

Star Stingray : Barbara

OH so good to have some tropical sun on our skins which have been rain-soaked over the last few weeks - life is good when the sun is shining!

The tour went well with our guests basking in the sun at one of Grand Cayman's best beaches - Starfish Point. Guests oohed and aaahed at the sea stars, posed for pictures and lost themselves in their Caribbean vacation.

The snorkel site was enjoyed - this day we visited Coral Garden and were joined, once again, by the stingray Barbara. Captain Mario got this sequence of photos of her doing a "flyby"! She later joined the group at the Sandbar and happily snuggled in for all their kisses! Thanks to all our visitors who make each and every excursion awesome!

  Our guests enjoying a stroll around Starfish Point

Our guests enjoying a stroll around Starfish Point

Excursions, Stingray City, Starfish Point

5-7 December 2014

Tour Time : Various times over weekend (all on time)

Guests from : Carnival Pride, Island Princess, Carnival Splendour, Treasure Island, Coral Stone Club, Marriott Grand Cayman, Aida Bella, Caribbean Princess, Silversea Spirit, Tamarind Bay, Grand Cayman Beach Suites

Star Stingray : Kisses & Snowflake

Conditions over the weekend were still choppy, but at least we had some of that beautiful tropical sun shining down on us! The guests were awesome and let nothing phase them on the tours, and we managed to have a tremendous time snorkelling and visiting the Stingray City Sandbar. Starfish Point also looked all shiny and new with incredible colours and was a pleasure to visit! 

We'll let the pictures do the talking.......

Starfish Point, starfish, Excursions

3 December 2014

Tour Time : 09:30am (departed 9:35am as we aided another operator to start boat)

Guests from : Celebrity Equinox, Nieuw Amsterdam, Park Place

Star Stingray : Dark Vader

Our tours and excursions to Stingray City and various snorkelling sites in Grand Cayman are never the same, what with meeting new guests and seeing new things every day.

The tropical weather conditions have still not settled down and might not for a couple of days, but we can always hope.

A lot of fun had on this tour with our cruise and hotel guests, one even feeling sorry for 1st Mate Duayne because all the stingrays were getting the kisses and not him. So she plonked one on him - that gave him something to smile about for the rest of the day!

Really, really beautiful colours at Starfish Point - this Cayman beach is just so typically caribbean and breath taking - a tiny bit of paradise.

Everyone had a great time marvelling at the Starfish (Sea Stars) and one little toddler could not get enough kisses onto them - perhaps she was wishing for her prince!

 Things to do on vacation in Grand Cayman

Only a morning tour today, so the crew are happy to be out again, but still yearning for more. Let's hope that Caribbean sunshine comes back for good real soon!