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HITCHING A FREE RIDE ON BIG JOHN

As if Captain Mario did not have enough food for thought yesterday!

We have been watching, with some consternation, the stormy weather forecasted for the next few days - this wreaks havoc on tour schedules and leaves a lot of island guests unhappy about missing out on a visit to Stingray City. But there is no getting around 20-25 knot winds out in the North Sound and the unsafe conditions they produce. Frantic re-rescheduling becomes the order of the day and it is a horrible frustration not being able to assist everyone with alternative arrangements.

These tropical storms are very often preceded by an incredibly still and beautiful day - the "quiet before the storm" is no falsehood - it's as if Mother Nature holds her breath for a moment before letting loose and puffing with all her might. 

But just to add the "cherry to the top", Mother Nature decided to add a Queen Bee to the mix, and of all the places for her to find a spot, it would be our diver's flag while anchored at Coral Gardens yesterday! 

The calm before the storm - snorkelers enjoying the Coral Gardens in Grand Cayman while a tropical front starts moving in ......

The calm before the storm - snorkelers enjoying the Coral Gardens in Grand Cayman while a tropical front starts moving in ......

"First do no harm" is a mantra that we try to live by, and so the crew decided the most prudent course of action was to take a slow, very slow, trip back to dock. We hope that our human guests enjoyed the somewhat extended tour - the little colony was still in situ this morning so we must assume that they rather enjoyed the ride!

We have now had them moved to a safe spot and we hope they are happy. The irony of being less concerned about stingrays than of small flying insects was not lost on the tour group though, and we hope that they remember a truly unique tour for a long time to come!


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11 March 2015 - WELCOME BACK OLD FRIEND!!!!

Welcome back old friend ...... "Ray Charles" gets hugged at the sandbar in Grand Cayman

Welcome back old friend ...... "Ray Charles" gets hugged at the sandbar in Grand Cayman

They say real friends are the ones that you don't see for a long time, and then when you do, it's like there was never any time apart ...... you just pick up and carry on from where you left off.

And so it was with this beauty known as "Ray Charles". She has not been frequenting the sandbar for a very, very long time - it has been a couple of years since we last loved her up. She has very beautiful dark colouring, very close to that of Dark Vader. But where Dark Vader is frisky and youthful, Ray Charles is presumed to about 30 years old and is a lot calmer and way more stately.

Sadly, she is blind in one eye and has a huge cataract in the other, and there had been some concern about her (some had reported seeing her at the Deep Stingray City although we could never be sure). So what a delight it was to have her showing up yesterday afternoon for our private charter guests - she was amazingly affectionate, and our island visitors had a tough time leaving her behind.

We can't wait to see  her again, and she has no idea how heart warming it was for the crew to see her again. We will be catching up on kisses Ray Charles!

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2015 IS MARCHING ON ......

Today is the 9th of March .... this year is marching on way too fast for our liking. Time, please go slower ....... we have been experiencing some truly pretty conditions lately, and the photos below will amply illustrate this ...... we hope you enjoy!

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3 March 2015 - Catch up!

It has been some time since we posted news - we can't believe that the year has already hit the 3rd month! We also cannot believe how much wind we are still experiencing and since we last spoke, there have been days of triumphant tours interspersed by days of cancelled excursions (and the accompanying disappointment and grey moods)!

 Things to do on Grand Cayman

 

Cancelled tours means that we, as a family, have some time to spend together and be social - a rare and precious gift during high season, and we have greatly enjoyed the Cay Dance Festival as well as the Red Sky at Night Festival. Cayman Brac celebrated their Agricultural fair the weekend just past, and on Friday 27th, a superb fund raising evening was held at the cruise terminal to raise money to rehabilitate the enormous area of coral destroyed by the Carnival Magic's anchor. Some $27,000.00 dollars was raised during the evening, and the island has today been excited to hear that Carnival has donated $100,000.00 towards the recovery efforts which have so far been carried out by volunteers and local dive companies for free. If you would like to follow more news on the recovery efforts, the Facebook page is Cayman Magic Reef Recovery.

Monday saw Captain Mario standing on the stingray sandbar with the water reaching just up to his calves - a sure sign of turbulent weather to come. We were proven correct, with yesterday's tour being a tough one with choppy weather. The cruise ships arrived late, and this factor on top of high swells mean that we had miss Starfish Point - always disappointing for our guests. But they were awesome and soldiered on and got their fair share of kisses from the willing "girls" at Stingray City.

But we have been constantly delighted to see "Barbara" at the snorkel sites when we have managed to get out there, and she is always wearing her Mona Lisa smile. We hope that she has brought wonderful memories to our island visitors, and hope to share her with many more! 

 Things to do on Grand Cayman

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10 February 2015 - Spott the problem!

Tour Time : 10:30am - turned into 11am - read why below!

Guests from : Carnival Victory Cruise, Costa Luminosa Cruise, Residents

Star Stingray : Snowflake

No Shows : 6 - Independence of the Seas sailed into the horizon without stopping

(1) Our dock  (2) Royal Watler Cruise Terminal  (3) Spotts

(1) Our dock  (2) Royal Watler Cruise Terminal  (3) Spotts

Days like today are tough. Certain weather conditions mean that the cruise ships anchor out at Spotts - and chaos takes over!

The above map shows you the logistics when this happens. # 2 is where we normally collect our cruise guests from the Royal Watler Terminal downtown George Town. The coastal stretch from # 2 to # 1 is the route we cover to collect guests from hotels and/or condos on route to "Big John" berthed at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club. # 3 is Spotts, where, on days like today, the cruise ships set anchor. Hoo boy .... fun and games!

To start off, the ships would usually have set anchor later than scheduled. Next problem is that  the collection at Spotts adds at least 20 minutes travel time, one way. Added to that, the public buses that help transport guests from George Town are restricted from running this side of the island - so the hunt begins for reliable transport. The cherry on the top? There is no WIFI at Spotts which means that the instant communication that we tour operators rely on to stay available to their guests is now not so instant. You can imagine the knock-on effect this has for all the tour operators on island! They all look pretty haggard by the end of the day .......

But our crew is a robust and tough one, and there is not much that can prevent them from having a good time on excursion with visitors. They appreciate the fact that their guests have come a long way, and have probably been saving for a long time, for this experience. Starfish Point had to be missed due to the ensuing time constrictions, however, Stingray City with Snowflake the stingray was a huge success, and the snorkelling at Coral Gardens greatly enjoyed. Best spot of the day (excuse the pun)? A large Barracuda lazily drifting through our snorkelling crowd ...... 

We have a niggling suspicion that tomorrow will offer a repeat of today, but can only hope not. Either way, we look forward to meeting our guests and giving the best experience we can!

A very large Barracuda lazily swims through our snorkel crowd at the Coral Garden in Grand Cayman

A very large Barracuda lazily swims through our snorkel crowd at the Coral Garden in Grand Cayman

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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!

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3 February 2015 - GLUM DAYS BUT BRIGHT SPIRITS!

Our last post showcased a video of a glory day in Grand Cayman ..... now you can see a really glum day in the caribbean! 

A glum day in Grand Cayman

A glum day in Grand Cayman

Tour Time : 9:30am

Guests from : MSC Divina Cruise Ship, Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort, Coral Stone Club Condominiums

Star Stingray : Lilly (Dwayne's favourite)

No Shows : 0

Talk about 50 shades of grey .... and none of them particular saucy! We woke to grumpy skies and cheeky winds which stirred up the waters and lowered the temps!

Kudos to our awesome guests who turned up despite this - they were determined to have a good time, and we were determined to make that happen. So nice to have "Barbara" the stingray back in circulation again - she went missing for a short while, and were concerned for her - she joined us both at the snorkel site as well as at the sandbar.

Close up of "Barbara" - Captain Mario's favourite girl!

Close up of "Barbara" - Captain Mario's favourite girl!

The clarity of the water at the snorkel site was good though, and our excursion guests had a good time admiring the coral and tropical fish, and were thrilled at the company of some stingrays. Captain Mario managed to some lovely snorkelling photos for our visitors, and we hope they they keep the memories alive for a long time - come back soon, you hear?!

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2 February 2015 - Stingray City Video

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

Guests from : Caribbean Princess cruise, Westin Hotel, Sunshine Suites, Comfort Suites

Star Stingray : Snowflake

No Shows : 0

Yes! Stunning, stunning, STUNNING conditions in the North Sound today - the kind that take your breath away. Today is about Grand Cayman showing off ...... the island at her most beautiful!

Low winds, the Caribbean sun moderate, the ocean waters so calm and smooth .... these are days of extreme paradise. We get extra excited for our excursion guests when these days come around, and it is hard to believe that just a mere 12 hours ago the North Sound was a seething cauldron of tropical disturbance! We hope you enjoy the short snippet .......

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31 January 2015 - GO AWAY, HUMAN BEING!

Tour Time : 10:30am

Guests from : Aida Bella Cruise

Star Stingray : Kim

No Shows : 0

Tough conditions today for our excursion guests, but kudos to our guests for getting out there and giving it all they could!

Captain Mario found a sleepy stingray during the stop at the stingray site. The stingray found his presence somewhat annoying, gave him the hairy eyeballs and moved on - and Captain Mario got it all in pictures which was pretty cool.

It looks like tomorrow's tour is to be cancelled due to worsening conditions. Again. NOT COOL. Let's hope we can get everyone out there on Monday.

Have a super weekend!

Sleepy stingray ..... NOT impressed with being disturbed (snorkelling in Grand Cayman)

Captains Log

REMINISCING ABOUT NON-WINDY DAYS.....

If anyone has been following the Captain's Log, one recurring theme over the last 6-8 weeks has been the lament over windy weather ....... how dull it is to keep on about it! Today looks not much better and a decision has still to be made about whether we go ahead with today's tour.....

So, let's cheer up, put on a happy face, and share some photos from the past tours ..... wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Natural ombre effect - Stingray City Sandbar, Grand Cayman

Natural ombre effect - Stingray City Sandbar, Grand Cayman

Blue wonder -  Stingray City Sandbar

Blue wonder - Stingray City Sandbar

Starfish Point  in Grand Cayman

Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman sunset - water level

Grand Cayman sunset - water level

Floating beauty

Floating beauty

Ariel joins us on tour!

Ariel joins us on tour!

Holiday - Grand Cayman style!

Holiday - Grand Cayman style!

Blow-your-mind-conditions at Stingray City Sandbar

Blow-your-mind-conditions at Stingray City Sandbar

A day when you can see forever

A day when you can see forever

The stunning beauty of Grand Cayman's barrier reef

The stunning beauty of Grand Cayman's barrier reef

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28 January 2015 - BARBARA'S BACK!

"Barbara" and her Mona Lisa smile - welcome back!

"Barbara" and her Mona Lisa smile - welcome back!

Tour Time : 9:30am - left at 10am - read all about it!

Guests from : Carnival Breeze Cruise, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Brilliance of the Seas - cancelled visit

Star Stingray : Snowflake

No Shows : 0

High and lows today! The day started off rough - literally - not the best of conditions, with quite high winds blowing in such a way that the Brilliance of the Seas cancelled its visit to the island, and Carnival Breeze decided to drop anchor at Spotts - which is on the other side of the island to the normal cruise terminal. Can you imagine the consternation this can cause - all the tour operators racing out to Spotts trying to find their guests ...... Captain Mario did a sterling job of it, but the tour left late as can be expected under these conditions.

With the ship now anchored in Spotts, it was unfortunate that we had to leave Starfish Point out of the tour - not enough time to do this AND get them back to the ship on time. But now for the good stuff....

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Over the last week or so we had been missing the Captain's favourite stingray Barbara. The crew and office staff were becoming a little tense about her disappearance. It must be remembered that the Cayman stingrays are in open water - they are not closed in any manner. Barbara was also born without a tail, which of course, is the stingrays defense against predators. But JUBILATION! Today, while at the snorkel site, there she was - all smiles and cuteness, playing with our guests and flirting up a storm. Happy phone calls were made to the office to let everyone know Barbara was back!

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The other great part of the day was the awesome caribbean sunshine - the ocean was gleaming with emerald and sapphire colours, so even though the surface was choppy - the colours were delicious!

Snowflake did the honours today, kissing our guests with great abandon and hopefully leaving them with lifelong memories. We always hope that our "girls" turn each visitor into a stingray ambassador. These beautiful creatures are fished to extinction in some parts of the world - their "leather" used in fashion pieces and their flesh sold as scallops. We get cold shivers thinking about this truly hope that guests of the sandbar start moving against these practices.

Everyone made it back to ship safe and sound and on time, and we can't wait to share these photos with our guests - we hope they all come back soon.

And welcome back Barbara - you had us really worried girl.

Mwah!!! Snowflake wins another admirer!

Mwah!!! Snowflake wins another admirer!

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22 January 2015 - Happy Caribbean vacation days!

Tour Time : 10:00am

Guests from : Navigator of the Seas Cruise, The Grand Caymanian Resort, The NCL Epic Cruise and Sunshine Suites Hotel

Star Stingray : Newcomer to be named

No Shows : 0 YIPPEE!

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Spotfin Butterflyfish

Spotfin Butterflyfish

Juvenile Blue Tang

Juvenile Blue Tang

 Best snorkeling in Grand Cayman

 

A superb cross-section of guests - from island residents, to cruise passengers to overnight guests at some of the gorgeous hotels that Grand Cayman can boast about!

Sea conditions were a little choppy today, but the sun was out and the underwater colours were spectacular! Our breath is still taken away even if we see this every day - there are sites and colours and moments still astound, and to share them with our visitors is an absolute pleasure and privilege!

We hope that they enjoy the photos that we provide to them for free, and hope that they bring great vacation memories back to them for a long time to come. It gives us great enjoyment - sharing the beauty of Grand Cayman.

As the saying goes : TAKE ONLY PHOTOS, AND LEAVE ONLY BUBBLES!

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21 January 2015 - Heads down during a tropical storm

Tour Time : 11:45am

Guests from : Carnival Dream Cruise

Star Stingray : New comer to be named

No Shows : 7

Quite a bit of chaos and upset at the terminal in George Town today, with the Carnival Dream arriving way past the expected arrival time. Our initial meeting time had been arranged for 8:45am Cayman Time, but Captain Mario eventually left only at 11:15 with our guests who did attend. We had 7 no shows which is very hard for a small company like us to carry. Reservations that are not honoured do cost the operator money - perhaps the larger companies can absorb this, but for the small local operator it is particularly tough. In our confirmation reservations, we always remind guests to please let us know if they do not want to attend (it gives us a chance to accept other reservations), but this still does not seem to respected.

Despite a rough start, the tour was enormously fun! The crew had a great time telling island stories and chatting with our excursion guests about the caribbean creatures. Captain Mario did a marvellous job of skirting the tropical squall which tried to wet everyone the entire time!

Ha! Captain Mario managed to outrun this tropical squall the entire tour!

Ha! Captain Mario managed to outrun this tropical squall the entire tour!

Some utterly gorgeous snorkelling was experienced at our "secret garden" - this is a snorkel site which Captain Mario has discovered a little out of the normal route. Beautiful coral formations and loads of fish are always to be found here, and we were blessed with sun creating some gorgeous effects for photos. 

 Best snorkelling sites in Grand Cayman
 Best snorkelling sites in Grand Cayman

We have been visited by some newcomer stingrays at the sandbar lately - today again! We believe that these are stingrays coming over from the Deep Stingray City and have not yet had enough contact with them to learn their personalities and name them, but that won't last long! 

And a sand dollar for luck!

And a sand dollar for luck!

This was a great trip all round and it was sad to say goodbye to everyone. We hope that they enjoyed the rest of their cruise and come back soon!

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18 January 2015 - Private Chartered Tour in Grand Cayman

Tour Time : 9:30am

Guests from : The Ritz Carlton - Grand Cayman - private chartered tour to Stingray City Sandbar, one snorkel stop and a visit to Rum Point

Star Stingray : A newcomer - to be named

Each day, our tours present our crew with so many variables - we have island visitors from all over the world, arriving by cruise ship or plane, coming on vacation, for work or perhaps a destination wedding - no day is dull and each tour is special. Throw into that mix the fact that nature is always a surprise and you will understand why the crew love their jobs.

But, we have to admit, that some excursions simply defy words. On these days, everything goes according to plan - the weather is awesome, the timing is perfect, the caribbean ocean surprises us with more of her beauty and the stingray kisses are even sweeter than normal. Today's tour was one of those ......

It is far simpler (and probably way more effective) to let the photos do all the talking, so that's just what we'll do! Enjoy!

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SNORKEL TOURS IN GRAND CAYMAN - SCRAWLED FILEFISH

The Scrawled Filefish

The Scrawled Filefish

The visibility on today's tour (2 January 2015) was awesome, and the snorkel site offered up loads of tropical fish to delight our tour guests.

This little Scrawled Filefish was quite happy to pose for Captain Mario, and he managed to get some nice photos of him swimming through the coral at the Reef.

They are quite gorgeous with the brilliant background colouring of lemon yellow dashed with electric blue and black spots - and always look to be whistling a tune ......

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EASYBREATH SNORKEL MASK

The Easybreath snorkel mask at work in Grand Cayman

The Easybreath snorkel mask at work in Grand Cayman

We have been watching this product with bated breath! We are always striving to make our excursions guests' experience the best possible, and were very excited about this innovative product. Waiting for reviews has been nerve wracking, so it was just great to have one of our guests use her own Easybreath mask at the snorkel site and get her opinion.

Overall, she said that wearing the mask was a very enjoyable experience and that it worked well. Her two comments against the mask were (a) harder to keep clean than the "older" mask and (b) perfect for surface snorkelling, but if you want to go deeper, you are unable to hold your nose to equalise the pressure in your ears.

Obviously this is just one review, but it would appear that it is a great product for beginner snorkelers or those who just cannot adapt breathing through the mouth alone. For those who are more confident swimmers and who prefer not to just stay at the surface, this may not be the mask for you.

We will keep you posted if we get any other reviews!

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28 December 2014 - Chartered Tours in Grand Cayman

Awesome, awesome private tour today!

What an absolute pleasure it was to host this fun and adventurous group! We collected them at the Kaibo Yacht Club (this can be done for chartered tours and in select other circumstances), and it was sunny smiles and laughter from the get-go.

Their choice of attractions to visit? Some of the best in Grand Cayman of course. First stop on this excursion was the Secret Garden - a beautiful spot that Captain Mario has discovered with prolific coral and tropical fish - today Barbara joined us and brought along 3 other stingrays with her including Stumpy (a name earned because of her very short tail). We managed to get some stunning photos of the children interacting with them, and we hope these images will be with them forever.

Along the way, we agreed to find some conch for our guests - as stated in a previous post, we no longer retrieve conch on our standard tours as we feel they have been over harvested and their numbers are now so low. However, we have made exceptions to this policy for our private tours (if requested).

Stingrays play ......

Stingrays play ......

Stingrays rest ......

Stingrays rest ......

This time we left the best for last! Stingray City Sandbar was incredible and we arrived when no-else was there. Pure vacation bliss! Just us, the Caribbean Sea and the stingrays all round, eager for squid and kisses. 

It was a sad but fond farewell at the end of our time together, but we sincerely hope to host our new friends again in the not too distant future. Till we meet again!

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SMILEY

The ever-smiling Barbara snorkel with us yet again

The ever-smiling Barbara snorkel with us yet again

That smile of Barbara's never seems to fail! Since all the topsy turvy tropical weather we have been experiencing over the last few weeks, Barbara has taken it upon herself to visit us during our visits to the various snorkel sites. We were used to seeing her occasionally, but she has been joining us for the majority of our excursions lately - and what a pleasure for our tour guests (and Captain Mario who favours her the most)!

You are just awesome Barbara - we absolutely adore you!