LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
This was by far our favorite day of our week-long cruise! Our family of four (mom, dad, girl 15 and boy 11) arrived at the Divers Down dive shop (which was only a 5 minute walk from the pier) earlier than expected and asked if we could dive sooner than scheduled. They were able to move us up a little, so while we waited, we played in the little cove that was adjacent to the shop. After we dove, we had an amazing lunch just across the cove, where we got a discount referral from Divers Down. Try the curry cheese fries, conch fritters and locally brewed ale!
The dive itself was five stars all the way. Our dive master, a handsome, friendly British chap, gave confident, adequate instruction as he got the four of us ready for our dive. It was so nice to have this experience all to ourselves as a family, with no one else in the group! I was concerned about my kids, since this was their first diving experience, but I am a diver from way back, and I wanted my husband and the kids to love it, too. THEY DO, and we can't wait to take a week-long dive trip to the Caymans! We entered the water easily off the pier and immediately swam out to the floating dock, where we submerged for the first time. The five of us sank to the bottom where we did a few final drills (mask clearing, etc), and then we were off. We explored some reefs, a wreck and the ocean floor at a maximum depth of 35 feet, and we saw all kinds of colorful fish, urchins and more. My kids did GREAT! THUMBS UP ALL THE WAY!
After lunch, instead of exploring the island, we borrowed snorkels and masks so that we could continue playing in our own little "private" cove next to the dive shop until time to re-board the ship. It was a relaxed, memorable, super fun day for my family, which was a welcome change from the sometimes crowded boat and other excursions.
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