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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!

 

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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, 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!

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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!

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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!