The Balboa has long eluded me. For no other reason that its precarious position right in Georgetown Harbour prohibits access but for quietest of days – free of cruise ships and container ships. Due to this lack of ready access, many other dive sites around the Georgetown area are preferred by local dive operators for… Read More Shipwreck: The Balboa, Grand Cayman
I am only diving the weekends right now. Fortunately, the quality of diving has been really great with tons of fish life, and other marine animals too. December is ‘Shark Month’; The resident population of sharks here are returning once again to shallow waters after spending the summer a lot deeper avoiding the warmer water.… Read More Photos: Diving with sharks in the Cayman Islands
Locally we call it ‘Sunday Funday.’ Sundays are typically the first day of the diving week. Most people fly down to the Caribbean on a Saturday, and start their diving the following day. What this means is that Sunday can be a bit of a nightmare! For many, it’s perhaps their first time back in… Read More Advice: Five ways to Avoid the Most Common ‘First Day’ Problems on your next Dive Vacation.
Some time ago, I spent a couple of weeks working with two guys from a company called Reef Smart Guides. Each day we headed out on the boat to all of the dive sites of Grand Cayman’s eastern shore, and they conducted in-depth research into each and every single location. The idea was to collect… Read More Book Review: Reef Smart Guides – Grand Cayman
I want people to dive. It keeps me in a job, and it helps drum-up passion for the Earth’s oceans; which is important now more than ever. But, for many folks who have thought about learning to dive, there maybe some niggling concerns that prevent them from making the leap into becoming an ambassador for… Read More Diving: The 5 most common reasons that people fear learning to SCUBA dive.
In the beginning of September 2020, a group of friends from my dive centre headed to an offshore seamount called Twelve Mile Banks to find a wreck that hadn’t been dived for over 17 years. We needed to verify it’s whereabouts and condition before taking paying customers there the following Sunday. This is my account… Read More Expedition: Finding a lost shipwreck hidden on a submerged offshore seamount. Twelve Mile Banks.
On August 30th, 2020, I was finally able to fulfill a goal I had for many years – diving the ‘bastion of good diving’ that is Bloody Bay Marine Park, Little Cayman. After the trip, I did a write up for a local newspaper – The Cayman Compass, which they published and I am now… Read More Expedition: Driving the boat to Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman
With the airport closed, no tourists to take diving, and an island-wide ban on watersports, we used the downtime to do tons of maintenance work on the resort. I got fitter than ever with plenty of heavy labour in brutal summer heat, when the government permitted SCUBA diving again we were super keen to get… Read More Photo log: What Dive Instructors do during COVID lockdown.
After three long months at sea level, the day finally arrived when we could descend once again into the deep! (Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. We are saving for a better underwater camera – but with the travel industry shut down and work scarce, it’s a low priority!) Candace and I parked… Read More First SCUBA dives after lockdown in the Cayman Islands
Making the most of being allowed outside again! Three months now into the lockdown, and like the rest of the world, restrictions here in the Cayman Islands seem to be easing. What has been absolutely killer throughout the last few months is looking out over the beautiful Caribbean Sea everyday without actually being allowed to… Read More A Stormy day Paddle-boarding (and Freediving) in the Cayman Islands