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July 2021

Grand Cayman Day 5: USS Kittiwake

After another one of Vi's homemade breakfasts of potato and egg tacos, we drove over to the northwestern point of the island to Divetech for more diving and snorkeling. Mike was to dive the USS Kittiwake while we snorkeled at the dock. This area of the island is all ironshore which usually makes for good snorkeling.

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We sent Mike off on the dive boat and got suited up to snorkel.

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Unfortunately, we had a rough time. My snorkel kept flooding so I was getting mouthfuls of water and couldn't figure out why. The water was rough and choppy so Vi was pretty uncomfortable. We snorkeled around the docks for a while but didn't see anything spectacular. After a short while, we gave up and thought we'd drive down the road to see what we found. This area of the island was very residential so all we found were lots of iguanas on the road.

There was a little bar on the pier called Macabuca just down from Divetech so we had some banana drinks and an appetizer of conch fritters, cracked conch, and conch ceviche while we waited for Mike.

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We passed the time watching the shore divers at Macabuca and before long we saw the dive boat pull into Divetech. We drove over to pick up Mike who wasn't feeling well. He had been able to dive the Kittiwake but hadn't dived the other dives afterwards. He was excited about what he did see though.

The USS Kittiwake was a US Navy submarine rescue ship that was deployed to assist submarine divers in training and exercises. It was in service 1946-1994. The ship was sunk off Grand Cayman in 2011 as an artificial reef.

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By the time we got back to the house, Mike still wasn't feeling well so Vi and I got cleaned up to head out to dinner ourselves at the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is a beautiful, pier restaurant where you can watch the waves roll in as you eat.

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I had the sirloin and Madagascar giant prawns.
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Vi had lobster with goat cheese ravioli.
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It was another early night as we needed to be well-rested to reel in some fish the next day.

Posted by zihuatcat 22:00 Archived in Cayman Islands Tagged cayman mike vi Comments (0)

Grand Cayman Day 4: Zipping Along the Shore

We had nothing scheduled this morning so Vi and I made a morning trip to the grocery store to pick up supplies. She made a late morning breakfast of potato and egg tacos and then we drove into Georgetown to Grand Cayman Beach Suites. Today, Mike and Vi were going parasailing. I've been parasailing before in Mexico and decided to take a pass so they could go tandem together. The beach where we met our boat was a beautiful one.

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The parasail guys suited Mike and Vi up then sent them up just offshore.

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I took a few pics from the boat to get both perspectives.

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Mike and Vi went higher and higher until they could see almost the entire coastline.

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After about 15 minutes, it was time to start bringing them back to the boat.

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We left from there and drove a few miles up the road to Calico Jack's, a beach bar, where we would spend the rest of the afternoon having drinks and swimming in the water.

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Toward late afternoon, we'd had enough of the sun and drove back to Georgetown for a little shopping and dinner but we weren't able to find many stores open. We stopped in at Rackam's, a pier restaurant in town, to have some dinner and drinks.

Mike had the red conch chowder.
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Vi had the snapper fish tacos.
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I had the whole snapper escovitch, a local dish.
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Tired from a long day in the sun, we spent some time on our deck at the house then called it a night.

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