Published: July 31st 2012May 25th 2012
05 24 2012 Arrival to Cayman Islands
We had easy boarding on Cayman Air and a fast flight: a total of 1hr and 10 min…just over 1 hr!!! It almost took us longer to drive from Lake Okechobee to Miami than to fly from Miami to our destination. The flight was pleasant and arrival, immigration and customs were smooth and quick. The luggage was waiting for us when got out of customs: “ALL” the luggage with no delays or problems. We were worried we weren’t going to make it to the car rental place. They close at 10:00 pm but they were nice enough to wait for us to get our rental car. We got a cute blue mini car which was enough to fit our 4 bags , carry on and a neighbor that needed a ride. The driving wheel is on the right , with gears on the left and driving on the left side of the road. Driving on the other side is a no brainer until you are tired you do it at night and you get to close to the sidewalk on your left. Directions to our home for this long weekend were perfect. I
guess it is like 10 miles from the Airport to our hotel and really easy to find. We are happy everything is going smooth so far. We open the hotel room and loved it. It is nice size suite with a king size bed and kitchenette, refrigerator, living room and a nice size bathroom with a bathtub: great for gear rinsing. We are staying at Sunshine Suites close to Cobalt diving and the Ritz to give and idea. We unwrapped our gear put everything to charge and are looking forward to tomorrow! I will send some photos if I can…
05 25 2012 FRi. Cobalt
Cobalt dive resort is located in the North west side of the island from the Seven-Mile Beach. It has a long wooden dock that takes your above the rocky shoreline into the North Wall. The access in to the water is a swing ladder that takes you into 6 ft of water. You have to be aware of the surge that could be pretty strong at low tide. An it can be pretty tricky to lower your camera gear with out your buddy. A cord is provided at the endo of
the dock to assist with that. There is a mini wall at 20ft to 40 ft with plenty of fish. The dive shop is fully equipped with dive suit up stations with individual water hoses for each bench which I thought it was pretty cool. Rinse camera tank, rinse gear tank, Fill stations for Air, Nitrox and since it is a Tech specialized resort it provides all the goodies for the techies. You have to dive were you rent the tank so if you are planning to move around the island don’t buy air packages because you would be stock. We did 3 dives at Cobalt: The first dive I saw lots of grouper: coneys, Red Hids, a huge black grouper and several Nassau, a school of cubera snappers and a few yellow tales. So big I couldn’t believe it. I wonder If fishing is prohibited. The find of the day was a hairy crab on soft coral. I saw plenty of secretary blennies. Brown crab. 2 triple fin blennys, one lettuce.
: I saw my first flying gunard that was pretty cool. Then I went down to about 70’ and I saw a pretty anemone full of squat
shrimp but it was to surgie to even try to get a shot. I had fun taking photos of the yellow lined gobies on the yellow tubular sponges. Orange stripped face tiger goby in the surgie area. I can’t wait to try it again.
The night dive was awesome: We checked on the hairy crab, we stayed along the side of the wall looking for critters, I saw some cool clear shrimp on coral, an orangy color shimrp on sponge, a white nudi on an orange sponge, and the find of the day was a “Deb” seahare with blue circles in its body. So Awesome. But it was on the guide line in the surgie area and iI only got a pof shot.
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