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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, Starfish Point

30 January 2015 - BY THE SKIN ON YOUR CHINNY-CHIN-CHIN!

The end of the excursion and we narrowly miss the storm - well done Captain Mario!

The end of the excursion and we narrowly miss the storm - well done Captain Mario!

As we wrote yesterday morning, conditions meant it was a close call whether to cancel the tour or not, but in the end, Captain Mario decided it was a GO, GO, GO!

Tour Time : 11:30am

Guests from : Carnival Pride Cruise, Carnival Splendour Cruise, Paradise Pointe apartments, Sunshines Suites Hotel

Star Stingray : Frosty

No Shows : 0

And boy was he glad that he had made that decision when he met our guests for the day - their cruise had been dogged each step of the way by bad weather, and at each stop they had faced cancelled excursions - what a blow that must have been for them all!

With this news in mind, Captain Mario and the crew were more determined than ever to get them out to the beautiful sites in Grand Cayman, and to get them their fill of stingray kisses! The winds gave our excursion guests a run for their money, but they were amazing and took on the adventure with huge enthusiasm! 

Coral Gardens was the best snorkel site for the day and it was not a disappointment. Even though  the wind was howling above the surface, the ocean was beautifully clear below and our guests enjoyed great visibility. Captain Mario got some great shots of the very timid Spot Fin Butterfly fish and the pretty corals, while also managing some awesome photos of our guests snorkelling.

Incredible clarity in the water at Coral Gardens, even though the winds were howling above the surface

Incredible clarity in the water at Coral Gardens, even though the winds were howling above the surface

Starfish Point Beach proved to be a real delight, with the gorgeous Caribbean sun spoiling us all with a great show during this visit. The tropical colours were ablaze and gave us the opportunity for some superb pictures with the starfish (now known as Sea Stars). Everyone marvelled at these little creatures, except for one little guy who was not totally convinced and kept his mask on at all times ....

Keeping the mask on  just in case ....... Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

Keeping the mask on  just in case ....... Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

The Caribbean sun puts on its gorgeous display at Starfish Point

The Caribbean sun puts on its gorgeous display at Starfish Point

Stingray City Sandbar was the last stop - choppy waters could not deter our excited guests! The crew had so much fun introducing them to the gentle and sweet "Frosty" - she really is so terribly laid back and happy to hand out the love! What a moment it was to have our guests enjoying this moment after having so many of their vacation dreams dashed by bad weather at previous ports - jubilation for sure! 

The choppy waters at the Stingray City Sandbar were no match for our awesome guests!

The choppy waters at the Stingray City Sandbar were no match for our awesome guests!

This young guest's dream comes true - a stingray kiss to remember - mission accomplished!

This young guest's dream comes true - a stingray kiss to remember - mission accomplished!

It was a very fond farewell at the end of this tour, and we sincerely hope that we have left our island visitors with good memories that will entice them back for more!

Captains Log, private tours, rum point, starfish, Stingrays

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!

Snorkel, starfish, Excursions, Captains Log, sunset

1 JANUARY 2015 - SHORE EXCURSIONS TO STINGRAY CITY IN GRAND CAYMAN

It has been a busy few days since the eve of the New Year loomed way more quickly then we  had expected! Island visitors have been eager to bust out into the Caribbean sun and grab excursions to Grand Cayman's best snorkel sites and of course, to kiss the stingrays at the sandbar! Today's post will contain some of the images we have taken during our tours over 30-31 December and yesterday - we take great delight in sharing these with our guests and with you! Pictures often speak louder than words ..... enjoy!

Snorkel, Captains Log, Starfish Point

21 December 2014 - Cayman Islands Tours

Tour Time : 2 different tours today

Guests from : Marriott Hotel, Anchorage Condo, Westin Hotel, Oceania Riviera Cruise, Grand Cayman Beach Suites Hotel, Park Place Condo

Star Stingray : Snowflake and Lilly

Barbara gently nudges one of the snorkellers to say hi

Barbara gently nudges one of the snorkellers to say hi

Gorgeous day today! The Caribbean sun which has been MIA for so many days is fighting her way back. Skies are blue and the wind is just cool enough to take the sting out of the sun rays. Brilliant colours all round us with the ocean a sparkling blue. Visibility at the snorkel sight was great and once again Barbara visited us, even giving one of our excursion guests a gentle nudge to say hi!

She has been so social lately, and has played catch and tag and follow my leader with the island visitors - how awesome is she?

 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman

We had two pregnant ladies on board and they did so well breathing for two during the snorkel  site visit - we are sure they enjoyed a little of the buoyancy of the water to take the weight off the legs! So many fish around - almost as if they had missed visitors for some time.

 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman
 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman
 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman

The tour included a visit to Starfish Point, one of the most beautiful beaches on Grand Cayman - a little piece of Caribbean paradise tucked away. It is almost a pity to let everyone know about this beach, but how can we not share? A vacation to Grand Cayman island should absolutely include this attraction!

Our visit to Stingray City Sandbar - oh what a pleasure! The tropical winds have died down, and the sea was beautifully smooth. We had a great time taking pictures of the guests kissing the stingrays.

All in all, another day in paradise ....... want to come join us?

Captains Log, Excursions, Starfish Point

13 December 2014 - Tours to Stingray City

Tour Time : 10:30am (departed 10:40am - a little late due to trying guests who were MIA)

Guests from : Treasure Island Hotel, Lime Tree Bay, Westin, Marriott

Star Stingray : Snowflake

Today's caribbean skies was a constant battle between radiant Caribbean sun and sulky grey clouds. The winds have weakened but we were still feeling a strong breeze and experiencing choppy waters in the North Sound (see below!). This is Grand Cayman's winter weather......

Kisses and splashes all at the same time at the  Stingray City Sandbar  today!

Kisses and splashes all at the same time at the Stingray City Sandbar today!

However, a good time was had by our tour guests. Captain Mario reports that one had the most infectious laugh he has ever heard, and that this laugh was owned by a really jolly person - so the excursion was one ripple of laughter of the other. How awesome.

 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman
 Best snorkel sites in Grand Cayman

The north side of Starfish Point proved unpleasant, so Captain Mario opted for the North Side of the beach. Every captain has "those" days, and Captain Mario put on a display of first - how not to anchor the boat and then a second - exactly how to anchor the boat - to much teasing from those aboard!

It proved to be absolutely worth it! All enjoyed this little piece of caribbean paradise, ogling the starfish in the awesomely translucent water. One vacation visitor even enjoyed a pedicure by a tiny little crab whilst here!

Can you spot the little white crab giving our guest a pedicure at Starfish Point? And just look at the clarity of the water there today!

Can you spot the little white crab giving our guest a pedicure at Starfish Point? And just look at the clarity of the water there today!

These are the kind of moments that make each and every one of our shore excursions in Grand Cayman so unique - and we love it!

So if you are planning your next caribbean holiday, we hope you pop on over and give us something exciting to write about!

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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!

 Things to do on vacation in Grand Cayman

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!