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Captains Log, Excursions, Snorkel

CORAL REEF - GRAND CAYMAN

On a recent tour, Captain Mario took a picture of this stunning piece of coral which he has named "Mandy's heart".

It is a glorious piece of Brain Coral and is a part of the Barrier Reef found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman. It measures approximately 3 feet x 1.5 feet. This can be found in relatively shallow waters and can be seen while snorkelling - so no need to be a scuba diver! It has formed a heart shape with a few "scars" in it, and never fails to raise a smile from Captain Mario for whom it has special meaning.

We hope you like the photo and are also in awe of the wonder works of nature that have created this. So precious and so utterly, beautifully, delicate.

"Mandy's heart" - a stunning piece of brain coral to be found at the Barrier Reef in Grand Cayman

"Mandy's heart" - a stunning piece of brain coral to be found at the Barrier Reef in Grand Cayman

Hope we get the chance to one day host you and take you to visit it!

Captains Log, Excursions, private tours, fish

20 February and the week gone by ..... up and down like a toilet seat!

The crew spirit has gone through extremes this week .... one day absolutely elated at the conditions and dizzy with excitement at sharing it with our guests, the next day grey, grey moods to match the skies! We have had awesome sun-filled days accompanied by breezes as slow as 2 knots, only to be bullied into cancelling tours the next day by tropical squalls and howlers of up to 25 knots! Bleh!!

Thankfully, we did manage to keep our dates with a private charter on the 15th, as well as standard tours on the 17th and 18th. The cruise ships were happy to come in and off load their visitors at the beginning of the week, but kept their anchors tucked away and avoided our little island like the plague on the 19th and the 20th. Who knows what tomorrow will hold?

But as we said above, the good days were gooooooood and the bad days were very, very bad. Here, we share some of the good stuff!

The 15th saw us hosting a family for a private excursion. They had chosen to Starfish Point, Rum Point, Stingray City and Booby Cay as the attractions they wanted to visit. It was a beautiful day for these choices, with brilliant colours and skies dotted with clouds. The water was slightly choppy but beautifully clear. The tour was a full 5 hours (it never seems long enough!) and the crew truly enjoyed hosting this fun group very much.

The sandbar in Grand Cayman

The sandbar in Grand Cayman

Monday saw the boat receiving some scheduled maintenance - it was a nice day and if we could have postponed this to another day we would have. However, Tuesday and Wednesday still saw incredibly beautiful days and it was a pleasure to show Grand Cayman off to her visitors. Brilliant sunsets have been the cherry on the top for our excursions this week, and the blues, purples and golds of these moments left everyone pretty much in awe of Mother Nature, once again.

Sunset from  Starfish Point  in Grand Cayman

Sunset from Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

Wednesday was especially interesting and pretty. The morning excursions faced showers at Starfish Point and half way through the stop at Stingray City, but otherwise enjoyed sun. However, while the island was completely flooded with buckets of rain, it was a tough task to convince island visitors that the North Sound was not experiencing the same conditions and that the afternoon trip was going to be stunning. Some trusted us and came, some did not ...... and what a shame they didn't!

The Reef in Grand Cayman - what conditions!

The Reef in Grand Cayman - what conditions!

The above photo of the Reef shows you what we saw ...... mirror-like surfaces and brilliant displays of colours by the coral formations. The fish were also incredibly social and we were visited by young stingrays, Bermuda Chubs, Trumpet Fish, Needlefish, Parrot Fish, Butterfly Fish and so many more! Captain Mario had gone in search of the Moray Eel, and had found her tucked away under a piece of boat wreck - usually a sign that she wants to be left alone which he respected. However, just a few minutes later, she was playing hide and seek - popping out and going back in, and then made her way over to her "social den" where she stays when feeling sociable. Much to the delight of everyone, hide and seek was resumed and she entertained all those watching by peek-a-booing and then swimming out and back in to her hide-hole a number of times. What an experience!

The moray eel plays hide and seek at the reef in Grand Cayman - popping out, going back in ......

The moray eel plays hide and seek at the reef in Grand Cayman - popping out, going back in ......

 Best snorkeling in Grand Cayman

During our tour, we had bypassed Stingray City Sandbar in order to avoid the crowd - a lot of boats were there! Eventually, we knew we had to move in .... and luckily the majority of the others moved out .... perfect timing by Captain Mario again! The water at the sandbar was only 2 feet deep and crystal clear. Stingray whisperer 1st Mate Dwayne set off to go and find one of his "girls", and came back to the group whispering sweet nothings to Snowflake who wilted in everybody's arms - she was so relaxed and laid back and just took in all the love whilst handing out kisses to whoever wanted them! 

Dwayne flirts and plays with one his "girl" - stingray Snowflake - at the sandbar in Grand Cayman

Dwayne flirts and plays with one his "girl" - stingray Snowflake - at the sandbar in Grand Cayman

As we said at the beginning, the good was gooooooood and the bad was very bad. Let's hope we get some more of the good stuff in the next coming week ..........


Captains Log, Excursions

12 February 2015 - Speechless in Grand Cayman

Tour Time : 9:30am (standard tour) & 2:15pm (chartered private excursion)

Guests from : Carnival Dream cruise, Carnival Triumph cruise, NCL Epic cruise and resident

Star Stingray : Dark Vader

No Shows : 0

There are times when words generally fail to do justice to an experience. Times when you just have to keep the mouth shut, and let the photos do the talking. We think the photos from today's tour speak for themselves. Enjoy.

A great group photo of some visitors snorkelling  Coral Gardens

A great group photo of some visitors snorkelling Coral Gardens

A huge Barracuda joins us for the snorkelling

A huge Barracuda joins us for the snorkelling

LOVE the poses that some of our guests come up with!

LOVE the poses that some of our guests come up with!

Starfish Point was spectacular and the tour guests were mesmerised by the Sea Stars

Starfish Point was spectacular and the tour guests were mesmerised by the Sea Stars

"Big John" at anchor at  Stingray City  yesterday ...... mind boggling beauty

"Big John" at anchor at Stingray City yesterday ...... mind boggling beauty

Fragile beauty at the Reef in Grand Cayman

Fragile beauty at the Reef in Grand Cayman

The Moray Eel comes out to play for a second day in a row -  the Reef  in Grand Cayman

The Moray Eel comes out to play for a second day in a row - the Reef in Grand Cayman

Captain Mario  calls this "Mandy's heart"

Captain Mario calls this "Mandy's heart"

A symphony of blues - Parrot Fish, Blue Tangs, coral and Caribbean Ocean - Grand Cayman

A symphony of blues - Parrot Fish, Blue Tangs, coral and Caribbean Ocean - Grand Cayman

Lazy days and stingrays ...... the sandbar in Grand Cayman

Lazy days and stingrays ...... the sandbar in Grand Cayman

A stunning farewell to another day in paradise ..... 

A stunning farewell to another day in paradise .....