A very much in-love couple who have a dream of travel and wanderlust, trying to see all 195 countries of the world.
Docking Here for the First Time.
The water is super shallow around the Cayman Islands, for this reason our ship could not dock itself at the island pier. We stopped a ways off and climbed aboard a 'water shuttle' we were not really allowed to call them taxis. Once on the water shuttle we would take a short ride to the dock itself. Upon arrival we were greeted by a market of sorts filled with food, clothing, and activity stalls. Although we would highly recommend the ships excursions, just incase the excursion runs late, the ship will wait for you - only if you booked through them. If an excursion was booked from an outside company and it happens to be late, the ship will depart with or without you. This is especially true for crew, we are expected to be back on board at least thirty minutes from departure time. We didn't mind this of course, as long as we got our time in the sand and the waves. Once you exit the marketplace you will find a taxi and bus station which will take you anywhere on the island. The first time we got off on this particular island we decided to spend the say walking around and just experiencing all there is to see within the town.
Our Favorite Restaurant.
Sharkeez, we loved this quaint little restaurant! The service was good and the food incredible. Our favorite part was by far the the view, and that is something the Cayman Islands definitely have to offer! I don't think we will ever see water that blue ever again, It was spectacular. The cocktails at this bar were amazing! When the glass came to me I saw how much rum was actually in the drink because they gave me the option of mixing it myself. We must have sat there all afternoon, watching the waves roll by, having a few drinks and enjoying 'island time' which basically means no rush. We once saw some fishermen cleaning their fish in the shallow water, and not too long after they left a few small sharks came right up, almost onto the shore, to nibble on what the fishermen threw out. My fondest memory at this bar was the day we decided to get hot wings, which at the time was not a good idea due to the extreme humidity. But we wouldn't have had it any other way. Man, I love this bar.
Our Favorite Beach.
Ship life is amazing in the sense that you have practically weeks to explore an island, you stop at the same island every second or third week. We found this worked in our favor when it came to places we loved! Like this small and remote beach we found where there are hardly any tourists. Its so nice to relax and just put your toes in the sand! At this beach there were no bars and never any loud music, and it was so close to the restaurants, perfectly situated where its far enough that no one knows its there, and close enough that you take a short walk and you'll find yourself with a drink in no time. The snorkeling in the Cayman Islands is unreal, we were just having a casual swim when a barracuda came super close to us, it was rare to see how shallow it came in. There is always an abundance of fish at this beach, there is a lot of rock to protect them. The one amazing thing at this beach was how big the waves were! Obviously only when the tide shifts, or its a windy day, do the waves come out, but it was worth it to have a few days where there were waves. We missed big waves, we were so used to them here in South Africa. The Caribbean is so calm and flat, there are hardly ever waves, and so we were very happy to see we could find them at this beach.
Things We Missed Out On.
It wouldn't be like us to say that we've had enough of a destination, I don't think there is ever enough time to fully immerse yourself into a destination or culture. If we had the time we would want to visit the stingray city, which is what the Cayman Islands is known for. Home to hundreds of stingrays that come up to the beach for their daily meal, we would have loved to do this activity had time allowed us. Another place we would have loved to see is 'Hell' Its said that on the far side of the island there is a rock formation that is so dangerous it looks like it came right up out of Hell itself. Apparently its possible to buy a postcard and have it posted to a friend or loved one, stamped from 'Hell' . If we ever return to this paradise these two experiences will be on the top of our 'To Do List' .
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