Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Exploring Grand Cayman by Boat

Our second stop was Grand Cayman! We were scheduled to arrive to the port later than is typical but it was nice to not be rushed that morning before we tendered off the ship. My parents came with us on this excursion which I had arranged with Captain Charlie Charters after some research on trip advisor. We were so happy with how the day went and especially loved our guide Len.
We got on our boat and headed to the first stop, Sting Ray City, trying to beat some of the crowds. I had envisioned this experience as being a little controlled and was surprised when it was just in the middle of the ocean on a sand bar! Addie and Preston had no fear (surprise ;-) and were swimming after all the sting rays. Ella was nervous but went into the water for a minute so we were really proud of her. When a sting ray rubbed against her leg she started crying and hurried back to the boat. I will admit it was a little scary when multiple huge sting rays would be all around you! Definitely a cool experience and we got out of there before some of the big boats with huge groups arrived which was nice.
From there we went out near the reef to snorkel Addie was so excited and she and Mike headed out right away. Preston and I put on life jackets and then headed out as well while Ella and parents hung out in the boat. Addie really has no fear in the water and in this deep water it made me nervous even with a couple helpers out there with us. We have signed her up for Katy Aquatics this year purely to help continue becoming a stronger swimmer for this type of adventure. I definitely can see her wanting to take up snorkeling in the future. Our last stop in the boat was over to star fish point where we saw a few star fish and a sting ray with no tail that our guide told us they all Frisbee.
Len had told us he wanted to take us to the turtle farm but we weren't sure about wanting to go, but decided to try it out. Part of it made me sad (all the turtles in the small body of water), but the kids were able to hold a "teenage" sea turtle and feed some which they liked. We kept the visit pretty short and then it was back to the pier!
We were ready to relax and eat and relax some more ;-)!
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proof that Ella got in the water!
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off to catch some rays
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catching one for us to feed
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they all swarmed my dad, which was hilarious for us, but not for him. he got out after that haha!
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Addie, Preston and lots of sting rays
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ready to snorkel!
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accidentally took this video (I seriously should have practiced with that little camera) but I like that it shows Addie in her element!

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we watched them flip back over...I had no idea they could do that
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