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, Excursions, Starfish Point
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.
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!
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Approaching North Side in Grand Cayman
No excursion is the same. Each one has something special about it.
Lobed Star Coral along the Reef in Grand Cayman
It could be a special moment when a kid gets to snorkel for the first time and you hear the squeals through the snorkel. It could be a turtle sighting or Elvis the eel visiting or watching guests' stress melting away the more time they spend surrounded by this awesome Caribbean beauty.
And then there are days where Mother Nature just seems bent on blowing your mind with beauty. Yesterday was just such a day.
Conch and shell along the reef
We hosted a wonderful group for a private tour - with this comes the luxury of taking things as slowly as you want (or quickly if that is your wish although we don't advise this). It is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to chill out and truly enjoy the snorkeling, the coral reef and of course, Stingray City Sandbar.
Mother Nature, simply put, showed off yesterday. Absolutely brilliant Caribbean colours both below and above surface, glorious sunshine, rainbow tropical fish, fragile coral structures and of course, cuddly stingrays made this a tour of vacation memories of note!
Here we have included some of the photos with descriptions and hope that you enjoy them. I know the crew enjoyed the tour and every moment with the guests, and we certainly hope that our guests left us feeling absolutely relaxed and awed.
Follow my leader with Parrotfish
Captains Log, Starfish Point, weather
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!
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
Captains Log, children, things to do
Everyone gets into the Christmas mood in Grand Cayman ....
December has arrived, and along with it all the excitement that goes with Christmas! Many visitors and residents to our gorgeous caribbean island find it quite interesting to adjust to a warm Noel - not least trying explain to the small kiddies how Santa secretly gets into houses that don't have chimneys!
During this festive season, there are numerous events to attend to bring out the cheer in everyone. One of the highlights would be the Parade of Lights held at Camana Bay where boats adorned with all forms of seasonal colours and decorations parade for the public to enjoy.
Not to be missed are the awesome and magical displays of christmas lights that some of the houses put on show. Some of these are so large we reckon they must only just finish putting them away a day before they start taking them out again for the next christmas! "Ooohs" and "aaaahs" are to be heard everywhere you go, and it is a wonder to see the looks of awe and delight on children's faces.
We shall add some links to Grand Cayman event calendars below and hope that you all find something to make this christmas with us special. We wish everyone a safe, happy, healthy and loved Noel and hope to take you out for some christmas kisses with the stingrays!
We also support a wonderful animal welfare organisation called Canine Friends - they work endlessly to help find homes for unwanted dogs and cats who might otherwise face a less than happy end. Feeling in the mood to splash out on a donation that does good? You can never know how much good it will do, and we thank you in advance!!!
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RASTA HAS A GIRLFRIEND!
Guests from : Celebrity Equinox, Carnival Breeze, Norwegian Epic, Carnival Magic, Laguna del Mar condos
Stingrays : (New comer to be named) and Stumpy
There is such a wonderfully giddy vacation feeling around the island - the sun is out, the wind has tamed down into a cool caribbean breeze, the first post-christmas pay-day has hit the accounts and all is good....
Even Rasta has found a girlfriend! Rasta is a brown pelican that our crew have been noticing around Starfish Point lately - and yesterday they noticed that he now has a female feathered friend. What a lovely way for him to start 2015 - obviously, Captain Mario has been commanded by the office to now get a photo of the loving couple! Don't know if she is as pretty the Miss Cayman Islands contestants, but am sure Rasta thinks she is.
Our tour guests have been a great, fun and adventurous bunch and we have been delighted to welcome them to the island and share the splendours of our snorkel sites.
Every now and then, we endure a sudden disappearance of a large majority of the stingrays from the sandbar. It is ghostly without them, and we think we know why this happens, but cannot yet prove it. The usual "girls" were nowhere in sight, but along came a new comer - Captain Mario believes this one was probably from Deep Stingray City - but she was nonetheless an absolute charmer. Looking for a name for her now....... The disappearance only happens for a day or so, and everything gets back to normal within 24 hours!
Tandem stingray delight at the Grand Cayman sandbar
All in all just another two magnificent days in paradise ...... thank you so much to our visitors - we hope that you will can be lured back to Grand Cayman for another excursion with us soon!
Starfish Point, starfish, Excursions
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!
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!