Today were getting a planned late start, meeting for breakfast at 1000 at Cimboco and then off to the Marriott Hotel to meet up with a group to go snorkeling. We cruised along Seven Mile Beach on one of our luxurious catamarans to some of the best snorkeling on the island. The catamaran stops for snorkeling at two locations. The first stop takes you to Cayman’s newest attraction the USS Kittiwake Wreck and the second a beautiful coral reef where guests can enjoy the plentiful marine life.
USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) under tow on the Elizabeth River, 18 February 2010, from the James River National Reserve Fleet to Dominion Marine,
Norfolk, VA., where she will be cleaned of toxic materials. The ship will then be towed to the Cayman Islands where she will be sunk in about 65 feet of water as an artificial driving reef. The ship was place on the bottom on July 5 2011. Watch the YouTube video
Following the snorkeling of the Kittiwake
we returned to the condo via the catamaran under sail at about 9 knots, and the walk up the beach, we showered and made cocktails. Tonights cocktail was Mango with Rum. After cocktails we walked over to the Waterfront Restaurant in Canama Bay and had dinner and after stop for Gelato at the same location. Then the girls when shopping and the guys crashed on the benches and talked trash.
The people of the Cayman Islands have a history tied to the turtle. In the 1600 and 1700’s the Cayman Islands became a provisioning stop for vessels sailing the Caribbean because of an abundance of green sea turtles, which could be caught and kept alive on board as a source of fresh meat. Permanent settlements developed on the Cayman Islands in the seventeenth century and turtling became a means of income as well as providing a local source of food.
However, the turtles around the islands were depleted by the early 1800’s and the turtling industry focused around the Miskito Cays off the coast of Nicaragua. The Cayman turtling fleet continued operating at a sustained level until the early 1900’s. By this time turtle populations were dwindling and, in subsequent years, national and international regulations and alternative sources of income reduced the turtling industry to a negligible level. The appearance of the turtle on the Cayman Islands’ flag, seal and currency reflects the close association the people have to the turtle.
We first had breakfast at Cimboco just a short walk from out cold, excellent breakfast 5 for 5 and add unlimited coffee for 99-cents (CI). Then we headed for the Tuttle Farm and shark feeding, turtle feed and playing with the Turtle.