Our Relaxing Day Chillaxing

Trip Start Jan 31, 2013
Trip End Feb 07, 2013

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Stingray City Sand Bar
Starfish, Barrier and Fisherman Reefs

Flag of Cayman Islands  , Grand Cayman,
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

So, we got up early yesterday! ... but, not so much today...8:30ish. we had plans to relax by the beach, and maybe do some beach combing...  First stop breakfast.  a chicken actually singled mom out and hopped up on the table to snag her food.  i was already done, so i picked the brazen bird up and put it back to the ground.  But, now i was going to be ready for the next jump!  I got out my camera and, within minutes, the chicken was back up again!  I got 2 great pictures as the chicken dodged under mom's arm and stole a piece of her....get this...eggs!  I can't help it, i'm still laughing!   Tears of laughter! ahh...

So then we went next door to find the lady who knew about the submarine tour and the water taxi to take us to Kaibo.  After multiple attempts to call taxis, she struck out.  Then, she booked our night time sub tour.  Next, she informed us that there was a trip going out today at 1pm to see the starfish reef (our reason for going to Kaibo), as well as the fisherman's reef, the barrier reef and stingray city!   Oh, what a deal!  Our relaxing day just filled up with activity!
We went back to the room quickly to pack for trip 1.  Then we were off. 

The first stop for starfish was unsuccessful.  We headed out to see the reefs.  they were great!  lots of corals at the one, and our guide, Shane, fed the fish over our heads as we got into the water at the other!  The fish were right in our faces as soon as our masks hit the water!  Very exciting!  Lots of Sargeant Majors and other similarly sized fish.  Then to stingray city.  It was all that it had promised to be. we held, kissed (for good luck, of course), fed, and got massaged by the stingray!  (yes, the barb is cut for our protection.)  On board, there was a photography that captured all these special moments and was ready with 2 Ipads to show and sell his photos.  When Kara told him we weren't interested, he said he would give her one anyway.  What a nice guy!!  Then back to a starfish area, and they were there!  Quite a trip.  This was billed as a local tour and it didn't seem so commercial.  We had the skipper, Shane or Shawn, with his son as crew.  That young man was very comfortable in the water and handled the stingrays like a pro.  We had a fairly small international group - an English couple, a Russian couple, a gray-haired man with his young companion who Kara and I both thought was his daughter at first (they were from Brazil), and several of us were from the US.

Although the snorkeling hasn't been bad here on Grand Cayman, I have been disappointed for Kara's sake because it hasn't been anything like Cancun, Belize, or Zanzibar.  But the snorkeling on the reef was wonderful - there were all kinds of different corals, with some color, oranges, purples, greens, browns.  There were fans, wavy things, tubes, things that looked like pipes and lots of fish - schools of the little orange ones, big blue ones, there was a long skinny one with brownish stripes that mimicked the action of the surrounding coral, and some bigger blue fish and some others.  I was traumatized because my underwater camera stopped working on the way to the reef and so I had to abandon trying to take underwater shots.  As I was looking at the coral and fish, I couldn't help regretting that I wasn't able to take photos.  Oh, well.  I was, however, delighted with the snorkeling.  Plus the water was so clear and beautiful.  When we stood in the sand at Stingray City, the water was so beautifully clear!

Now to our room again. We'd showered quickly and were off again. grabbed a jerk chicken and fries meal from some kinda fast food bakery and grill. ? . and we made it to the sub with time to eat. :)  I was wondering if we were going to make it.  I guess I hoped that the sub pier was located somewhere before the middle of Georgetown, but we had to walk all the way in...I was beginning to whine a bit by then.  The tender boat takes you to the sub out in the water...I missed why...some people have accents here.  our guide with the accent was quite funny when you could understand him.  Under the water we went!  The corals were great!  Then there were silver tarpons, and groupers, and other fish. I was lucky to glimpse an octopus, a lion fish, and a grouper catching and eating another fish!

And that was our relaxing day. :) -kjk

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