On Wednesday May 29th we were in Grand Cayman while on a cruise on the Carnival Freedom. We had booked the excursion with Cayman Safari Adventures because of such positive reviews on trip advisor. When we got to Grand Cayman it was drizzling rain....we were told that ship time was 1 hour ahead of local time when we got off the ship and walked to where the taxi and vans were parked we asked someone that was working there if they knew where the Cayman Safari vehicle was .... he pointed us to the man...it was Mike the Big Kahuna...he told us that we were the only 2 that would be on the trip that day. It was so nice to be in a covered vehicle even though it didn't really rain alot....it did drizzle alot. He took us to St. Pedro's Castle ....I wasn't sure how interesting this would be because I am not to into historical things....but it actually was pretty interesting. When we pulled up several other tour vans were there also and you go into this theater like place to watch a video of the beginning of the Cayman Island...it was in a cave looking place with special effects during the presentation like water running and thunder and things...the show really kept your attention...after you finished watching it Mike walked us around and told us all about the house as we were walking through it. He really was wanting to make our experience a good and personal one and with just the two of us with him it was really easy.
He showed us the flip flop tree.....he said people actually ask to go see the flip flop tree where people just put the shoes on a tree. We went to the Botanical Gardens....he was so full of information regarding the differenet kinds of plants and since it had been raining a little things were in full bloom and the blue iquanas were out. Mike made sure to look for the iquanas and he knew just about where they would be.
He asked us when we started to leave was there anything in particular that we wanted to do...I told him that we were hungry and he called Ms. Vivines Kitchen and placed our order we had a choice of fish or chicken..he said both were good but he recommended the fish..so that was what we got. The place is a great little local place on the other end of the island. We ate outside overlooking the beautiful ocean. The food was authenic and good. After lunch Mike asked us what did we want to do .... he rode us around showing us local things and showed us the blow holes at the beach.
We then went to a Caybrew (The Cayman Islands Brewery) we had a chance to tour the place but decided to just have some samples at the sample bar. It was really good and the people that worked there were happy.
After we left there we told Mike that we thought it was time to head back to the ship because we didn't want to be one of the last ones on the tender back.
This is a great experience if you are someone like us that doesn't do a lot of water activities. It was even better that we had the tour to ourselves and also that we had such a great guide.
Mike told us that he was a stand up comic also. We definitely learned alot about the island by listening to the information he was sharing with us.
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