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Grand Cayman; Georgetown

sting rays

sunny 29 °C
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Wow! That's about all i can say. The diving here was immaculate and the clearest water i've ever seen! I arrive on the island and we were met by gay looking pirates to take pictures with. It wasn't Blackbeard or Captain Kid ill tell you that. I hop on a bus and take it up towards 7 mile beach to catch a dive boat to sting ray city. There were 2 choices to swim with sting rays. One where u stand around and the other where u free dive. I went with the free diving one and it was sicter ricter! We arrive on the boat and the crew was mostly Jamaican with one peruvian photgrapher. I was excited to see my Jamaican friends again, they were so much fun and took good care of us. They take us out to this sand bar approximately 15' deep and drop us off. It seemed as though everyone was a little reserved getting into the water because of the tragic new of the croc hunter going down by a sting ray. We get in the water and to be honest it was a bit intimidating. I have expierence spear fishing and i was still a little nervous. They gave us squids to feed these huge monsters and it was amazing after the initial scare. I swam with sting rays!!!!! it was so cool! I got to hold this baby sting ray for ever too! he was squirmy at 1st but as soon as he found out that he was getting fed he just laid there in tranquility. I took the lil baby around so people could feed him since many people were scared to feed the big ones. they were so silky and so cool to touch. I definatley recommend this trip!

the baby ray
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The other big note you need to know about for Georgetown is you must get out of the city!!! the city is like a shoppers heaven but there's very heavy traffic and it is not very fun if you enjoy freedom and a change of pace from the major cities in the states. there's shoppers everywhere and you get a feel of america. i suggest going to 7 mile beach and doing some kind of water sport to get away from the city and shops. We had lunch in the city but again it was packed and not as fun as a secluded place.

my mom and me! gotta drink the red stripe jamiacan beer :)
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I searched high and low for a wooden mask and finally found one but it was an asian piece and not traditional to the island.

oh and you can also go to a city called hell. there's plenty of t-shirts that read "i survived hell!"

recap: diving mecca a must do and get out of the city and find a nice beach (7-mile) or go to hell!!!

Posted by coot97 00:52 Archived in Cayman Islands Tagged cruises

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