Day 3 we were in Grand Cayman – the tender boats gave us no issues. The excursion we planned today had 3 stops. As an added bonus, we stopped at the Tortuga Rum Factory and sampled rum as well as rum cake (awesome).
The first was to the aptly named Hell which is simply an overlook of a former seabed that now resembles charred, black, hell-like formations. Although pretty cool to look at for a few minutes, probably would have liked to spend more time with the turtles instead.
The second stop was at the turtle farm. The first thing we got to do was hold 2-week old baby turtles! They were so cute and still soft as their shells hadn’t quite hardened yet. We also got to hold bigger ones – they flapped around quite a bit until you rubbed underneath their chins and then they’d instantly quiet down. The colors on their shells and skin were really vibrant too.
We saw lots of turtles of various ages and sizes. I really liked this visit and bought a small clay turtle as our 8-year wedding anniversary gift (according to the old tradition, it’s pottery or bronze). We’re calling him Speedy. 🙂
The third stop was Stingray city, which is a sandbar off the coast of Grand Cayman. This was also pretty cool – you got to touch and interact with the stingrays – they felt rubbery on the top with a tiny bit of stubble, and underneath was super sleek. They kept swimming towards people and rubbing against us as they glided by. Very calm, docile creatures. Life list item achieved: Pet a stingray!
Afterwards we stopped at Margaritaville (of course) for lunch and awesome margaritas before returning to the ship.
Lunch at Margaritaville:
Chris: Jerk chicken club
Val: Fish tacos
Dinner – first formal night:
Starter: Tom ka gai soup
Main: Black bean and veggie enchiladas
Dessert: Coconut cake, cappuccino
Starter: Farfalle with turkey and peas in cream sauce
Main: Pot roast with veggies and butter noodles
Dessert: Tiramisu, cappuccino
Pic of our table: