Captains Log, snorkel, Stingray City
Incredible Brain Coral along Grand Cayman's barrier reef
Incredible clarity of water at Stingray City
Even the skies and trees put on extra sparkle for us - Starfish Point in Grand Cayman
Stingray City in Grand Cayman - smooth horizons and salty kisses
The girls swarm to say hi to us at the Sandbar in Grand Cayman
Remember to tell your special ones that you love them today.
Some days are just extra special. Like yesterday.
It has been an emotional few days watching Hurricane Matthew tear it's way through the Caribbean. Many of us well remember the devastation brought about by Hurricane Ivan, and as happy as we are that our island has been spared, our hearts sag with concern for those who were not as lucky. Our prayers and thoughts go to all trying to now recover.
And so, yesterday's tour was doubly appreciated. Mother nature showed off her far more beautiful and benevolent side to us - astounding Caribbean blues, still clear waters and magical sea creatures. Sometimes, words fail us, so let the images do the talking. Enjoy.
Welcoming committee - Grand Cayman snorkel
Quietly stunning - coral swaying to the tune of the tides in Grand Cayman
Blessed and beautiful calm at the Barrier Reef - Grand Cayman
Captains Log, private tours, Snorkel, barracuda
Tropical storm Earl had made his way past us a couple of days before, and water clarity in some parts was still not good. However, we were delighted to be asked to take a group of five island visitors on a private tour which included Coral Gardens, the Reef and Deep Stingray City.
Captain Mario seldom gets the chance to visit Deep Stingray City and he was delighted to be doing this. As usual, he was in the water with our guests taking photos of them enjoying this experience, turned around and clicked this photo of a Barracuda swimming curiously by.
This one is called the Great Barracuda and is known by its black spots marking the incredibly sparkling silver scales along its side. The Barracuda has a very pointed face and teeth that are more like fangs. They carry a rather bad reputation for attacking people, especially in murky waters (gulp - see above) - swimmers may be mistaken for predators and be followed in the mistaken hope of picking up left-over scraps of predator meals. Shiny objects can also be mistaken as prey - hence the advice not to wear shiny jewelry and accessories when snorkelling. However, they are generally more dangerous if eaten - they have caused more food poisoning cases than any other fish!
In any case, this guy was just curious and caused no alarm at all, but the photo really turned out to suit his spooky reputation!
Captains Log, Excursions, Snorkel
Snorkelling in the North Sound of Grand Cayman provides many beautiful sights with all the stunning coral formations and rainbow tropical fish that one can expect from our gorgeous caribbean island.
However, we are very often joined by one or two of the friendly stingrays who have ventured over from Stingray City. To watch the delight and amazement of our guests when they experience this is a pleasure which is hard to describe.
The "girls" will often swim next to our guests, or play a game of tag, popping up around the side a coral formation and gliding in close enough for a touch before swooshing off again.
There can be no better snorkel buddy in the world, and a moment like this has got to be at the top of the list of one of the best experiences EVER.
A game of tag ... you're it!