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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cruisin': Grand Cayman Snorkeling

On to the reef and snorkeling! Woot!

After our shopping and being nerds, we headed back to the George Town pier to meet up with our group. It was time for our shore trip: Reef n' Rays Snorkeling. The main reason I campaigned for this particular cruise was for this port of call- because of the stingrays. I won't go into the details; you can read about it here, but I had to swim with the stingrays! Snorkeling was the first portion, then the rays.

From the pier, we were bused to a private port. Then we got aboard the Emerald Eyes, a catamaran that took us out to the reef. After a quick snorkeling and gear lesson, they kicked us off the boat (they offered to push anyone who was having a hard time making the jump into ocean waters).


For the first five minutes, I was too giddy with excitement to remember to breathe in through my mouth...or stop smiling and laughing. After snorting my mask, gagging on seawater and generally proving that I was a totally newbie, I finally got the hang of it. (Although you can't talk with those things on and I am sooooo a talker. Maybe that's why the Man liked this part...)




Keep in mind these were taken with a cheap waterproof camera. Cheap camera = cheap-looking pictures. This is not what it looked like through the snorkeling mask. In the last reef picture, you can make out a few of the fish, but nothing like what we saw. There were colors and fish and sun ripples and lots of fish! It was amazing!

Hey, look, a whale!


Just kidding...it's only me.

After snorkeling for about 45 minutes, they called us back on the boat for a quick trip over to see the stingrays...

10 comments:

Wendyburd1 said...

That water looks amazing, what an adventure!

Kristina P. said...

I have to be honest. Snorkling sort of scares me.

Kristie said...

That looks awesome! I would love to do something like that!!! Can't wait to see the rays. :)

SO said...

That is so awesome. I don't know if I could snorkel because I have issues breathing through my mouth that and I'm not a very good swimmer. Do you have to be a good swimmer to snorkel?

Jo said...

Oh I wish I was there. I love the ocean! It sounds so amazing!

Brooke said...

That's too cool. I'm jealous. Hopefully some day I can say I've snorkled in those waters as well.
I understand your pain on the underwater camera...I really need to get a decent waterproof case or a real underwater camera, it makes all the difference.

Janell said...

Wow, that water looks delicious. Too bad it's probably icky, gaggy, disgusting sea water.

Nat said...

Even though the you think the pictures look cheap, I still think it looks beautiful and exciting! Did you go to Nassau? My BIL and SIL live over there. My SIL plans and dances in a lot of the shows over there. I remember telling you about her one time when we were VTeaching. The fire dancer with the pasties? Remember?! ;0

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, I love snorkeling. How wonderful!

♥miss~mattie♥ said...

That looks like fun.
♥Mattie♥

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