World Travel Tales

Departing Grand Cayman Island

Deep Blue Sea

With the arrival escort we received when sailing in to Grand Cayman Island, it only seems fitting that we would be accompanied by a pod of dolphins when we sailed away from the island too, so this guy and a bunch of his friends joined us.

It's difficult to photograph dolphins when they're swimming with the boat. They move super quickly and are darting around underwater and breaching in unpredictable places and are often right at the bow where you have to reach out with your camera to capture them. I have hundreds of blurry dolphin photos from the many encounters with them over the years, but only a few that are even remotely in focus.

I'd also like to say that this is my favourite colour ever. It's impossible for a colour to be more beautiful than the clear blue of deep ocean water being basked in sunlight.

Location: Departing Grand Cayman Island

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 2000, 1/200 sec at f/5.6.

Approaching Grand Cayman Island

Dolphin Escort

A large pod of dolphins found us as we were sailing towards Grand Cayman Island. They played in our bow wave for quite a long time and were super excited to be our escort. Of course we were super excited too - how can you not be when these little guys are literally jumping out of the water because they're so happy to be with you?

Location: Approaching Grand Cayman Island

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 1000, 1/320 sec at f/8.

Grand Cayman Island

Fresh Water Boat Wash

There was almost no wind and the seas were very gentle, but out of nowhere we were hit by a torrential rain storm. This photo is of our mooring neighbour, Evergreen, who was peacefully lying at her mooring and waiting out the storm.

It's great getting a heavy rain like this after making a long passage. It gives you time to break out some brushes and swab down the salty deck with fresh and free water.

Location: Grand Cayman Island

Camera: Nikon D300 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/400 sec at f/8.

Grand Cayman Island

Grand Cayman Dinghy Dock

The anchorage we used at Grand Cayman wasn't very sheltered from the ocean swell so we had some rocking and rolling nights here. Even though the anchorage isn't ideal, there is a super convenient dinghy dock, and as we were pulling up in our dinghy for the first time, we could see that Grand Cayman Island is absolutely exploding with vivid colours.

Location: Grand Cayman Island

Camera: Nikon D300 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f/8.