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Grand Cayman - Captain Bryan's Cruise

January 2011

We booked a "non ship" shore excursion on Grand Cayman. We went with Captain Bryan's and we were glad that we did.

The catamaran holds about 50 people but there were only 18 on our cruise, so we had LOTS of room to spread out. It was really nice having such a small group, especially when we pulled up to the cruise ship tours which were packed to the gills.

The trip included a stop at the Sting Ray sandbar, and two snorkel spots. The sandbar was pretty busy when we arrived, but within about 10 minutes the crowds cleared out and we had the place to ourselves.

Each person gets to hold a ray. The picture to the right shows me getting a back rub.

These rays are totally wild. They get fed calamari, which is why they show up when the boats arrive.

After everyone left, Carroll was lucky enough to interact with a baby ray. The baby rays are normally too shy to come around. We called her "Rachel the Ray".

The first snorkel stop was just a few yards from the sand bar. It was a small reef with quite a bit of live coral. Not many fish, but the reef seemed healthier than normal.

The picture to the right is a Conch. Our captain had found a conch and demonstrated how they are cleaned on our cruise back.

During the second snorkel stop we saw some more rays. The one without a tail is called Frisbee. She was born without a tail and her offspring also does not have any tails.

We spotted a dolphin on the ride out to the sandbar. The link to the right shows a short video clip of the bottlenose.

Click here for short Dolphin Video