Trip Report Grand Cayman

Old Aug 4th, 2003, 07:03 AM
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Thank you for the info on the snorkel you know if they do longer than 3 hour trips? I'd really be interested in that, will have to see if there is anything on the Internet about those tours.

I have all adults in my group, and they all are gung ho for the whole large fish finding thing. Mom and daughter-in-law not so keen on large fish, when all by ourselves. You are right it is a bit isolated there. Nurse shark or a barracuda wouldn't be too bad. I'd love to see some octopi. If you go all the way out on the tip of the Cayman Kai area, there is a very isolated beach that is gorgeous. We did not snorkel there, just waded. The water went from azure to dark too quickly to make me comfortable snorkeling there, but if you will find more star fish than you have ever seen. I mean every few yards you will find them. It was star fish heaven.
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I dont remember what ocean frontier offered but I was impressed with how professional they were. We were located a couple blocks prior to rum point. We would snorkel with the current and end up at rum point. In april we were unfortunate to have to deal with foot thick jelly fish for three days that really messed with our snorkeling time. We never seen octopi but we have a 250 gallon salt water fish tank and that was the only place on the island that we had seen the elusiive queen trigger fish as well as many beautiful parrot fish,
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When you speak of foot thick jelly fish, are you refering to the thimble jellies? We were there last April too. The day we scheduled a trip on the Nautilus [submarine], as we were diving, you could see the foot thick, film of them. Bryan, our co-pilot was talking to me of them, and told me that they were the very devil if you got in amongst them, and that sea itch was way more than just 'itch.' The day we were on the submarine trip we met a man that said they had been super thick at Rum Point [as they were in Georgetown Harbor.] We were at Rum Point two days later, and we saw the very odd one or two. We snorkeled the two days they [thimble jellies] were in at Georgetown and Rum Point on the east side, and cemetery beach along 7MB. No thimble jellies.

I understand that the end of April first of May is thimble jelly season.

My question for you is that you mentioned that you snorkeled with the current and ended up by Rum Point from your condo...a couple of us are very good swimmers, a couple so-so and a couple I am concerned about currents about. You could break from the current if you needed to, couldn't you? I think it would be a riot to start out snorkeling and end up at Rum Point [I love in under the cedar trees there], we will be two miles from Rum Point, so we won't be doing that...but still sounds wonderful.

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To Karen

Yes they were the thimble jelly fish. If you can believe my husband and two teenage boys did brave the jelly fish because there need to snorkel, my son was stung on the face but did not have a reaction. In rum point we bought a bottle of jelly fish repellent and used it liberally which did help. I have heard they are more of a problem on the north side. During that week a woman was stung at sting ray city and had to go to the hospital due to an allergic reaction. As far as the current, it is not strong it just takes you sideways not out to sea. My 10 year old daughter did get tired and we just swam to shore, you need to go out about 75 feet to get to the reef. Since I am not a strong swimmer I used a snoodle because it was about 10 feet deep.
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Glad to see a thread with so many folks who are fans of the North Coast.

I represent The Reef and Ocean Frontiers, but here in the "real" Cayman (sorry 7MB!) we all work closely together out of love for our area.

We are right now working to do a new website for the area, but you can find some links for now at , which covers most of the condos and resort in the area, all those who paid to join the North Coast Tourism Council, that is !

Oh, btw, apart from Ocean Frontiers of course, Tom Byrns and Cayman Marine Lab run an excellent operation, and he is quite a racketball player too

Finally, you can find what the weather is like on the North Coast from the weather page on , we get a fraction of the rainfall of the George Town and 7MB area, so it is important to get the right weather report !
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Hi, We are thinking of staying as Sunshine Suites in Dec. What is the caymans like at this time of year? Are their views from the rooms at SS?
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