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We tried Spirit airlines for the first time. They have some growing pains to work out but overall it was a pleasant trip. I like that they have all brand new airplanes, not a lot of extras like music at the seats etc. but comfortable enough for the short flights. Be prepared to wait in some lines if you use Spirit?
We arrived at noon on Monday and went straight to the condo which is located on Snooze Lane!!!!. Paul and Amy were there so we visited for awhile, walked the beach a bit and took a couple pictures of the ships ?.
What a great name for a street:
We went down to Billy Bones bar at the Treasure Island Resort. That is a very nice resort and swim up bar. We met up with Grateful Diver (Geoff) and his wife Mollie, drank a few buckets of beer and had a great time getting to know each other.
That evening we headed down to Coconut Joes for dinner. Those fabulous cheeseburgers for Peg and I and of course Paul and Amy had the ribs!! We called it quits around 10:00 as my first Cayman dives were in the morning and I wanted a not-so-fuzzy head!
I didn?t take any pictures at Joe?s, I?m sure Peg did and if she wants to give them up I?ll post some?.
Day one with Neptune?s Divers!! I can?t say enough about how professional and organized these guys are! Casey was prompt in picking us up and even though we had never met greeted me like a long time friend. After hearing all the good things about Neptune?s here on the board it was cool to see that the praise is well deserved and earned?. If you are diving Grand Cayman I highly recommend them, they knew I was a new diver and made me feel very welcome and comfortable throughout the 4 dives I did with them?
I met Jpep (John) for the first time when we picked him up at the Hyatt!! What a great guy! The Fearless Foresome was assembled and ready to get wet. Paul , John, Geoff and Captain Jack !!! I was very much looking forward to this!
Here is a picture of the 2 Neptune?s dive boats we went out on the left one for the first day and the bigger one on day two?.
First Dive ? Orange Canyon on the West Side!! Keith was our Captain and dive guide. It was the 4 of us and the 2 rock stars.. (they have a band so have been dubbed ?the rock stars?)? I told Keith that this was my first Cayman dive, first SW dive and only my 6th dive altogether! I asked if he thought I would be cool doing the 100 foot dive my first time and he said ?no Problem?!!
We did a buoyancy check at the stern of the boat headed for the line to descend. With all the ear clearing, mask equalizing, computer and SPG checking I forgot to concentrate on my breathing and was sucking air like a vacuum!! And paddling my fins like I was running a marathon!!!
I managed to settle down a bit and ended up getting down to 88 feet. The rest of the group went down to 100 feet and went thru a tunnel or swim-thru or something and since there was no way I was going thru a tunnel I went around the pinnacle and met them on the other side. It wasn?t long before I was at 1000 psi so signaled Keith and we went up for the safety stop. The rest of the group continued on. I ended up with 24 minutes bottom time and finished at 500 psi? I was pleased with that for my first dive?. Keith gave me some pointers when we got back on the boat which goes above and beyond what he was required to do? again, a top-notch organization!
Here are a few pictures from that dive. I?ll post them even though I didn?t take them. I think Geoff and Paul took these with the Neptune?s camera they let us use. The 4 of us each got a CD with the pictures? Here is the cover of it:
Orange Canyon dive pictures:
Before the dive? Paul letting us know ? ? man, I make this wetsuit look good? !!!!
Paul and John either going up, or coming down?
Geoff making his way towards the caves:
Paul checking out the scenery:
There are a few pictures of the caves and ledges that I?m sure the other guys will post in their reports. (I don?t want to put all the good ones in my report)
Next stop was called Three Trees! This was a great dive!! Perfect visibility! I controlled my breathing much better and kept my feet still.. The dive was 56 feet for 43 minutes?. The tips that Keith gave me were dead-on correct. He told me to count to 5 as I inhaled in and count to 7 as I exhaled! Great advice!! Just by concentrating on that I was able to keep good buoyancy and really enjoy the dive. I even had 800 psi left but since the profile for this dive was 40 minutes I was happy to finish with ahead of the game?. Paul had my camera on this dive and took these photos. Geoff also took pictures so I?ll add a couple of them as well?.. This was also the dive where we got our group shot!
Three Trees pictures:
Pic of me ? finally, an avatar that is in blue water!!
Some different critters we swam around with:
And the infamous CAG Fearless Foursome Group shot at 60 feet!
Geoff in Grateful Diver mode!
One of my favorites, Paul, John and me just cruising:
?and you thought Kramer has some big hair!
The first day of diving was a success!! What a great time! That afternoon we walked up to Kirks to get supplies for the BBQ. Paul was grillin and everyone had a great time! John and his wife Doreen had us laughing the entire time, and of course Amy and Peg carried on like long time friends. We even got to meet Doc Jelly and Ems2006 ! What a treat! These two are some of the best people I?ve ever had the pleasure to meet on the island!! Some good laughs and plenty of stories !! Paul?s buddy Brad from the Bob Soto?s days was also there and it was a great pleasure to spend some time with him as well?. Unfortunately Molly couldn?t make it but Geoff was there and we had a great time swapping stories and saying nasty words!!! Of course there may have been a few Jager shots consumed and somewhere along the line Amy and Peg started doing shots of spiced rum!!! You know there?s fun to be had when my wife starts doing shots!!!
Here are some pictures from the party? Paul and Amy were great hosts and we met some really cool people!!
The Fearless Foursome all dried off?.
Not sure what Doreen is tryng to do, get a close up of Jack to scare the children at Halloween maybe!!
The 4 of us with the better halves?. Well almost, Mollie didn?t make it? no babysitter?.
Our gracious hosts:
Group shot, all but Emma, she was behind the camera for this one?
OOOhhh Boy!! Another shot of Jager!!!
Paul and Brad having some concoction that Amy made up? These next 2 pictures were the next day but they can go here with the party pictures:
Wednesday was another dive day. John was taking a day off to decompress before he was to fly back to the reality that is New York!! It was Paul Geoff and I on this one as well as the rock stars and mother and girlfriend? We were going to Big Tunnel and Keith was the Captain and Amon was with us as well. One of the rock stars, his mother and girlfriend were going to do a shallow dive with Amon so I decided to stay with them to get as much bottom time as I could?. Both groups went to the line to descend and the girlfriend was having problems and decided to thumb the dive. The rock star and his mom decided then to go ahead with the other group to Big Tunnel and that left me with my personal dive guide Amon!! Man how lucky is that!! My own personal dive guide in Grand Cayman!
The dive was wonderful! We went out over the edge of the wall, swam thru crevaces, under ledges and all around the reefs at 72 feet! What a great dive! I ended at 37 minutes and still had 800 psi. Breathing and buoyancy were very good. I didn?t take the camera but did snag a few pictures from the CD Casey gave us to share:
This is me and Amon during the safety stop.
The second dive of the day was called The Fisheries. Great dive with many fingers of reef and sandy gullies. This was my best dive yet for air and buoyancy! ?. And I even took the camera this time! The dive was 55 feet for 51 minutes?. I even accomplished the safety stop without holding on to the mooring line!!! A very nice dive to finish up the boat portion of this trip. Here are some pictures from that one:
Garden Eels out in the sand flats:
I liked this pictures of the French Angels:
Casey had the other dive boat close by so came over for a picture with Me, Paul and Geoff, Very Cool!!
This is Casey on the left and Keith on the right:
I liked this parrotfish doing flips?..
We even saw a few squid this trip:
Paul cruising?. Everything is OK in the world at 60 feet!
Keith found this huge seaslug:
How about that perfect picture taking form??? Geoff at The Fisheries:
Paul and I heading up and over one of the reefs:
Hi guys?.. heading this way!
Now down the other side:
Another pic of me, Geoff, Paul and Casey:
Paul seeing how much farther he should go:
That afternoon we went for a snorkel out to explore the Gamma. Peg, Paul, Amy and I headed that direction and were greeted by a nice turtle, schooling fish and 5 squid !! Seeing the wreck under water is very cool!! I had never seen that before and Paul and I even swim over the top into the thing. Paul did venture a bit further (I stayed put as not not scrape my big belly on the rust), and snapped a few pictures?. Very nice time, but I tell ya, snorkeling is a lot more work than diving?.
Cool Turtle, right off the shore by the Gamma:
That night we had dinner at Fidel Murphy?s? Good food and large portions?. I was dead tired afterthat huge plate of roast beast and potatoes so Peg and I bailed after dinner? Paul and Amy ventured over to the Treasure island bar to visit some old friends?
Thursday morning we were in for a special treat! Paul?s buddy Brad offered to take us on a personal guided tour of Turtle Farm Reef up at the Cracked Conch. A very nice shore dive down to 58 feet. There was no current this morning so we headed south and at 2000 psi I signaled Brad and he and I turned to head back. Paul and Geoff followed shortly after. The visibility was not as good as the previous dives but was still very good. We saw many different critters and Brad knows just how to find the hidden gems and tiny stuff! Dude has thousands of dives so I was honored to get a personal guide for our trip back to the ladder. I did take a camera so have a few pictures of this dive? Ended up with 47 minutes at 58 feet. Did OK here but did have trouble getting down at the beginning?.
Nice school of tarpon under the ledge?. And they wouldn?t move!
Paul and Brad – a little blurry so I guess we’ll have to go back for another try!!
This is a great mini-wall dive that has lots of beautiful reefs:
Paul swimming along with the tarpon:
Plenty of reef fish her as well:
Brad found a flounder so I snapped a few pics:
And this was a lemon ray close to the ladder at the end of the dive:
That afternoon Peg, Paul, Amy and I jumped a bus downtown to go snorkel Eden Rock. Beautiful reef with schooling blue tangs, many parrotfish and our usual buddies, sergeant majors!! The reef is very nice out there and I can see why it is a cool dive site. Lots of caverns and tunnels? After a few more dives to gain experience I might give hat a go someday?. The water was a bit rough and we had a steady breeze. Here are some pictures from that snorkel trip?
Peg scoping out the reef:
Couple nice sized parrotfish doing their thing!
This was the school of blue tangs? very cool!!
Out to the edge and into the beautiful blue water:
Looks like all the sergeant majors and Bermuda chubs have found where Peg has been hiding:
Back off you little pests!!!!
I love this picture with the air just escaping the snorkel!!
?and of course?.. cruise ships! When you are out at the Eden Rock reef, you will be close to this:
and somewhat close to this:
Remember, if you go out to snorkel Eden Rock don?t stop until you get about 100 yards out. That is where the reef is and the beautiful drop off?. You will see a sandy bottom most of the way, just keeping going until you get to the good stuff!
Stopped at Hammerheads on the way back for some libations:
Friday was to be our last day. We caught up with Peg?s Mom for a quick snorkel out at the Treasure Island reef. A very good snorkel, great visibility and lots of fish. Peg even saw a flounder there in addition to the standard parrotfish, grunts, majors and chubs?? here are a few pictures from that adventure?
I was happy to see the staghorn coral out there doing well? looks like some very nice growth:
A couple of bleached tips, but overall very nice!
Mother-in-law going in for a look:
Peg again with all her little buddies? I think they followed her from Eden Rock!
?.and a final shot of Peg and Ma saying so long!
Once again we had a wonderful vacation!! Not only did I get to finally dive in the perfect waters of Grand Cayman but got to meet some fantastic new friends and spend some quality time laughing and visiting with our friends we found from last years trip! I wish the rest of the crew could have been there as we sure did miss you guys?.. maybe next year!!! (or the end of June if anyone can scoot on down for a long weekend)?
?of course, signing off with my obligatory self-portrait?. But this time it was at 60 feet !!!!
What a great report and what fabulous pictures! Thanks so much for taking the time upload them all and then post them for the rest of us! Sounds like you did really, really well with your diving and that it was everything you had hoped it would be. You saw lots of great fish! Lots of turtles, it looks like. We saw tons of lobster this year…..saw your picture of one of them. Did you see lots of those too? I never did see any reef squid or flounders this year, but you did! Great!
Anyway, great report! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!
We all did have an amazing time. Between the diving, the partying and the general hanging out, it was a wonderful time. It was great to catch up with Jack and Peg, Geoff and Molly, and to get to meet and hang with John and Doreen. It was a special treat to get underwater with my buddy Brad. The last time we dove togeteher was before Ivan. Thanks to Docjelly and Ems 2006 for stopping by the BBQ, it was great to meet you guys, too.
Our luggage is still all over the dining room floor, so my report will follow in a few days. Amy and I have been to the Cayman Islands over a dozen times now, and this trip was the best!! Thanks Jack!!
You certainly did cram in a lot of action while you were there.
Looks like ya’ll had a blast!
Thanks for taking the time to post and I look forward to the other reports.
Man, you had a ball. And you went above and beyond with the pics and narrative. Thanks!
Man, I miss the island. I’m having withdrawal and it’s killin’ me!
Neptune’s looks great…Jon and Andrew might be booking their dives with them. I’ve been talking with Casey about it and hope to get it booked while we are there!
Thanks for posting your report…can’t wait to get there tomorrow! I will miss you this year!
I’ve seen alot of trip reports man, but that was awesome!
We’re looking forward to seeing you and Peg again this summer and anyone else that can come!
Would be nice to get to see everyone at the same time…. hopefully it can all come together next year!
I see you live in Palm Harbor, Florida — isn’t the water nice there? And a good place for diving? Or not?
You’re going back to Cayman the end of June! WOW!! Are you getting some of those fantastic air fares with Spirit? Wish I lived in an area they fly out of! I get e-mails where they have penny, nickel, dime prices, each way & of course b/4 taxes & other fees. But, still FANTASTIC prices. Even their $29.00 flights! WOW!! We have to fly out of DFW where EVERYTHING cost an arm and a leg!!
Again, great report & thank you very much for taking the time to post it!!
Cheers from Billy Bones! Mollie and I are going for dinner at Hemmingways tonight (table on the beach) and then its back to TI to pack 🙁 Mollie and I had a great time meeting you and Peg. I’ll follow up with a trip report when I get home although I don’t think I could do any justice compared to yours.
thanks for the great report and wonderful pictures–sounds like you couldn’t have had a better time!
What can I say, it seems that you GUYS had a blast. You must be so thrilled with yourself at having successfully completed all those dives.
Thank you for taking the time to post all those great photos and as I will never dive I love looking at all the underwater photos. It’s also great to put faces to the names you see regularly on here.
Sounds like a perfect diver’s dream vacation. And love the pics. Can’t wait to get there and experience GC for myself. Thanks, Cap’n.
Thank you so much for taking the time for this trip report! Fantastic! It’s just what I need to get me through until my trip.