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A sunset in Grand Cayman can be extremely beautiful and on a sunset sail it can even be magic. There

Sunset in Grand Cayman (Steven W Smeltzer)

Sunset in Grand Cayman

are a number of companies on which you can sail and enjoy a sunset in Grand Cayman.  These range from a pirate party boat, beware of the cannons, to the more laid back cruises from Red Sail Sports. The cruises leave out of a number of locations on the west side of the island. As a professional underwater photographer and landscape photographer these sunsets are to “kill for” if you will pardon the metaphor.

Sunset in Grand Cayman (Steven W Smeltzer)

The Hand of God, Grand Cayman

The combinations of clouds, sun light and waves in this part of the globe provide an almost unreal sunset in Grand Cayman.

In fact, you will find great sunsets almost every night and outrageous sunsets about every other night. I was watching a particularly brilliant sunset and saw what I term as “The Hand of God” gently laying the sun to rest on the ocean. So go, enjoy the views and let your imagination roam. I have listed some of the better cruise operators below to view a sunset in Grand Cayman.

Sunset in Grand Cayman (Steven W Smeltzer)

Sunset Sail, Aye Calypso, Grand Cayman

 

Red Sail Sports

http://www.redsailcayman.com/modules/resqwest/display_activity_details/1398
Days: Monday and Wednesday
Price: Adults…$40.00 Children (3-11)…$20.00
Departure Location: This trip usually departs first from the beach at the Westin Resort and then the Grand Cayman Beach Suites, both on Seven Mile Beach. OR it may depart from Safe Haven Dock on the North Sound in the Seven Mile Beach area.

 

 

 

Sunset in Grand Cayman (Steven W Smeltzer)

Jolly Roger, Grand Cayman

 

 

 

Jolly Roger

Pirate Adventure Cruise: http://www.jollyrogercayman.com/excursions/
Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Price: Adults…$40.00 Children (3-12)…$25.00
Departure Location: The Jolly Roger cruises depart from the South Terminal located in George Town Harbor, next to Atlantis Submarine.

Sail Cayman Ltd

http://www.caymanislands.ky/vacation_planner/eBrochure.aspx?pid=37067

Sunset in Grand Cayman (Steven W Smeltzer)

Romantic Stroll, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

Days: Charter (5pm to 7pm)
Price: Adults…up to 10 ($350) up to 15 ($450)
Departure Location: Yacht Club dock C-31

Whichever cruise operator you choose to view a sunset in Grand Cayman you will certainly enjoy the relaxing trip. We typically stay along seven mile beach and use Red Sail Sports as they pick up from two hotels on the beach (Westin Resort and Grand Cayman Beach Suites). Also if you book your scuba diving before you arrive on the island you can get a package (from Red Sail Sports) that includes the sunset sail. Regardless of which group you choose, it is always a good idea to book off island if possible as a number of operators have special deals for booking in advance.

Sunset in Grand Cayman

After you boat picks up its guests for your cruise you will get a short safety briefing from the crew. The Red Sail boat is a really nice Catamaran with a nice web deck upon which to sit, some bench seats up front and some additional seating at the stern (back of the boat).

Sunset in Grand Cayman (Steven W Smeltzer)

Sunset Cruise, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

The crew will have hors d’oeuvres such as chicken wings and fruit along with rum punch and assorted drinks. The sun will be about 20 or 30 minutes from setting after your briefing and you can settle down and enjoy the views.

Your cruise to view sunset in Grand Cayman will go up along Seven Mile Beach and then you will turn around and sail back down the beach. You get great views of the sunset and then after sunset you get great views of the islands. It does rain fairly often in Grand Cayman, but I can not remember very many times when we have not gone out on a cruise that was scheduled. When you get “on island” check the weather and confirm your booking and then relax.

Sunset in Grand Cayman (Steven W Smeltzer)

At Anchor, Grand Cayman

For the photographers on the cruise, if you will remember to underexpose your photos just a bit, you will get a lot better color contrasts and for those with higher end cameras you can also increase the saturation levels to further enhance the shot. But with sunsets like these you really don’t need to do much. They are fantastic “straight” from the camera.

So on your next trip to the Caymans whether you are going for Scuba Diving, Underwater Photography or just to relax remember to splurge and take a Sunset Cruise, you will certainly enjoy it.

The pool is open…

The Kohala or Humpback whale faithfully returns to Hawaii each year to give birth to their young.  Although the Humpback whales begin arriving in Hawaii in December and don’t all leave until May or even June, February to April are the best times to experience the whales.  If you  stay in Ka’anapali in Maui you can watch them through out the day from the beach.  Better yet take a Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, Hawaii, whales, Breach, corals reef, coral reefs (Steven Smeltzer)whale watching cruise.  Gemini Charters operates off Kaanapali beach and will pick you up at the Westin Maui Resort in the morning and the afternoon from December to April or you can drive into Lahaina where you can take a whale watching tour with the Pacific Whale Foundation.

Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Hawaii (Steven Smeltzer)Both operators offer great charters with the main difference being the Gemini boat is a catamaran and I believe is a bit more comfortable.  The Pacific Whale Foundation has a large two deck boat and is very comfortable, but not quite the same feel as the catamaran.  But either way you will definitely enjoy your tour.

Humpback whales migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the north pole to warmer winter breeding waters in Hawaii and other areas closer to the Equator. Mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection. Female Humpback’s nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a Humpback whale to reach full adulthood. Calves do not stop growing until they are ten years old.

Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world’s oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that humpbacks sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

Humpback Whale Song Maui

The pool is open…..

Zurich, Switzerland (Steven W Smeltzer)

Morning Crew Rows Across Lake Zurich Switzerland (Steven Smeltzer)

The air cool and crisp, the water on the lake calm as the city begins to stir and the sun starts to rise over the mountains.  Time for a great cup of coffee.

The city is culturally vibrant, efficiently run and attractively set at the meeting of river and lake.  Zurich is regularly recognized as one of the world’s most livable cities. Zurich, long known as a savvy, hard-working financial center and Switzerland’s largest and wealthiest metropolis has emerged in the 21st century as one of central Europe’s hippest destinations.  Zurich has an artsy, post-industrial edge that’s epitomized in its exuberant summer Street Parade.

Much of the ancient center, with its winding lanes and tall church steeples, has been kept lovingly intact. Yet Zurich has also wholeheartedly embraced contemporary trends, with the conversion of old factories into cultural centers and creative new living spaces. Nowhere is that clearer than in Zurich-West, the epicenter of the city’s nightlife.

I love the old city and the lake area near the city center.  Walking by Grossmünster or Fraumünster, stepping into the many shops along the narrow streets, or stopping for coffee or a light lunch in an outdoor cafe. The old world charm and vibrancy of the city are readily visible.  Strolling along the lake or walking  through the narrow streets of the old city of Zurich allows you to go back in time and imagine what the city was like hundreds of years ago.  I especially like getting up early and walking to the lake and seeing the sun rise.  It is especially peaceful and serine.  After a nice stroll there are a number of wonderful coffee shops close to the lake and in the old city where you can relax, read the morning paper and appreciate the wonderful atmosphere that is Zurich.

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