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Old 11-30-2012, 08:23 AM   #511
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So, where are we going you may ask? Our excursion is the Shipwreck and Reef Snorkeling. When we found out that Grand Cayman was one of our stops, many people told us that snorkeling there is a must. I approached Lisa with the idea and she wasnít too keen on it. She had never done it before, and it made her nervous. Once Brook booked the same cruise, we kind of talked about it and she said she would go with me as it is something she has always wanted to do. I told Lisa that I was going to do it with Brook and would she like to come and she decided to give it a try. That being said, I think she was still nervous about doing it.
We chose this particular one for one reason; it was pretty cheap compared to other things on the island. I think this port adventure cost $39 per person.
Our walk that we had been taking was leading us to the boat that would take us snorkeling.
And I must admit, we had some ďpleasantĒ scenery awaiting us on the boat as well.



Remember that little patch of sand we had just past?



Those small steps there at the other end, Ö..Thatís where we went down to get on the boat.

As we walked down the steps there was quite a bit of stones and shells there so I took a picture.



Or two



They told us to take off our shoes as they could easily fall off as we got on the boat and they werenít about to go chasing after shoes. One other note, the sandy beach area was not even ground when you came down the steps, so that could be an issue for some people.

We loaded up and found a seat and waited. I took a few pictures while we waited. (like you are surprised by that)







Our captain.



And his mates.



I honestly canít remember a single one of their names now, but they were all super nice and fun, but professional too. I think they all, or at least 2 of them had come from Australia. They had a passion for diving and sea life.

While sitting there I was finally able to get that picture I wanted.



We had to sign waivers and then got instructions.



By this time we were already on our way out to where we would snorkel. I was still in picture taking mode.









This guy gave us the basics and though he was serious and gave us good info, he also joked a little bit.



The seats that we sat on did open for storage. Not all could be used by us as they had ship supplies in them, but they had a couple that we could use and we threw our bags inside of that.

We were handed our snorkeling gear and then went over to get our fins. I had to get the extra big feet size. LOL! They handed me a pair at first that was supposed to fit like a 9/10 for ladies. I could tell right away that I wasnít going to like thoseÖand when I couldnít squeeze my foot in it, I knew for sure they wouldnít work, but they did have a bigger, so all was good.

So I am all set, and please take a picture of me looking at my absolute worstÖI really want to post this for the world to see. The picture wouldnít be so bad if I hadnít scrunched back and added about 12 chins to my face.



Yeah, Iím all sexy like that.

One of the guys came over and took a picture of the 3 of us.





Donít we all look fabulous!!

Time to get in. Now we were told to put our fins on right at the edge so we didnít trip when we walked, but I seemed to have forgotten that and put them on right at the bench. LOL. But I was fine. I did the fin walk to the edge and got nervous. Not many people had gone in yet. We all were nervous about jumping in with the gear, but I decided what the heck and made a very ungraceful jump right in.

Brook and Lisa were not far behind.









And my first look under the sea.

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:41 PM   #512
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And another great update! Yippie! This time your pics look NO WAY like mine!

I love all the pics of the Magic and the ones of you all getting into the water! Looks like a pretty fun day to me!
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:17 PM   #513
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And another great update! Yippie! This time your pics look NO WAY like mine!

I love all the pics of the Magic and the ones of you all getting into the water! Looks like a pretty fun day to me!
Yep...these are a little different from your normal ones.

It was a lot of fun. I am so glad we ended up doing this.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:33 PM   #514
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We aree going snorkeling in Grand Caymen as well, very excited. We went on the Dream cruise in June at Nassau and Castaway Cay and loved it!
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #515
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We aree going snorkeling in Grand Caymen as well, very excited. We went on the Dream cruise in June at Nassau and Castaway Cay and loved it!
It is a fun thing to do. The water was perfect temperature there too.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:23 PM   #516
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The guy that was standing on the boat telling you how to snorkle is the spittiing image of my youngest son!

When we went to Grand Cayman the guys took their own snorkles & masks & snorkled right there off the beach. We didn't have enough time in Grand Cayman to do much of anything. That was due to a sea rescue that our cruise ship was involved in.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:16 PM   #517
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The guy that was standing on the boat telling you how to snorkle is the spittiing image of my youngest son!

When we went to Grand Cayman the guys took their own snorkles & masks & snorkled right there off the beach. We didn't have enough time in Grand Cayman to do much of anything. That was due to a sea rescue that our cruise ship was involved in.
Well you have one darn cute son then.

Wow, thats sounds kind of exciting ...and scary.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:18 PM   #518
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This excursion was so much fun. My tip to you is that if you plan to snorkel, you NEED a underwater camera. It was so fun to be able to click away.



It took a little bit to get our breathing down and to be sure our masks were on our face right, but soon we were doing well, even if it looks like we are dying.



Brook wanted a shot of her with the ship behind her.



Lisa getting the hang of it.







Our guides had told us that there might be some very large fish down towards the bottom and they were NOT sharks and please do not holler shark as it will send everyone in a panic. We didn’t see any yet . We did see some Dory’s though.







Hi Lisa!



Hi Brook!





Lisa took some pictures of Brook.





And then Brook was going to take some of Lisa and I together.



But then one of the guides, who we thought looked like Owen Wilson came over and said he would take a picture of all 3 of us.



He then told us to hold our hands and make a circle and he would go down below and take our picture. This is one of my very favorite shots of the whole trip.



I wasn’t looking directly down as I was afraid of following him and then getting water in my snorkel. I then see Lisa and Brook go up for air and they are laughing. I guess the “Owen” guy was down there taking the picture’s and wasn’t paying attention and swam right into a rock. Poor guy. He came back up and scolded us for not warning him ….just jokingly of course.





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Old 12-02-2012, 12:42 AM   #519
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What kind of underwater camera did you use? Your pictures are SO clear! I LOVE the hand holding circle one as well, what a memorable shot!
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Great update, again, Jen!

What a cool idea was the circle pic! It looks awesome. You made me with your story of the guy swimming into the rock.

Those underwater cameras are awesome, aren't they. I was SO against buying one when Tom came up with the idea, but now I am so thankful he was persistant and we bought one.
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Cool snorkeling pics! The water was really clear! I like snorkeling but I can't stand the salt water when it gets in my mouth.
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What kind of underwater camera did you use? Your pictures are SO clear! I LOVE the hand holding circle one as well, what a memorable shot!
I have a fuji. I can't remember the model off hand, but I bought it in early 2011 and I think it was right before the newest model came out so I got it pretty cheap. (I think it was like $129) Another Diser had the same model and highly recommended it and I loved her pictures, so it was an easy sell.

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Great update, again, Jen!

What a cool idea was the circle pic! It looks awesome. You made me with your story of the guy swimming into the rock.

Those underwater cameras are awesome, aren't they. I was SO against buying one when Tom came up with the idea, but now I am so thankful he was persistant and we bought one.
It sounds bad, but I wish I would've seen him swim into the rock. LOL

I was very leery on buying one too. So many people said you should if you plan on doing water activities and we had planned on doing the Dolphin Encounter last year, so I looked around and Bubbasmom here on Dis had some great underwater shots. I asked questions and went with the same one she had. I really didn't know if it would be worth having. I haven't used it a lot, but the times I have I am so grateful to have it.


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Cool snorkeling pics! The water was really clear! I like snorkeling but I can't stand the salt water when it gets in my mouth.

I'm not a fan of the saltwater either. But after you get in and get over that first initial taste, you become much more careful. LOL
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I love all your underwater photos. I think Graham may have the same camera that you have and he loves it. I invested in an underwater camera after our Hawaii cruise and I have gone with a Panasonic Lumix, which I love. When our private excursion was cancelled, we were sinking about the shipwreck snorkel, but decided on the Mangrove Forest instead.

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I love the circle pic and all the snorkling under sea pics
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I have never been good at snorkeling so I'm not sure that I'd have the nerve to do the excursion that you gals did. But, it looks like so much fun and the underwater pictures are great.
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