Aug 272012

Grand Cayman is one of the Caribbean’s culinary havens.  Great restaurants are easy to come by, and you’ll want to return just to try the restaurants you didn’t have time to try on your last trip.

The standout dining experience on our July trip was at la Dolce Vita – a waterfront Italian bistro in Georgetown.

Sunset View from our Table

I started with the Contadina salad, which was exquisite in its freshness and simplicity.  My entree was the Gnocchi Virgina.  It was pure pillowy, pesto-y goodness.

Gnocchi Virgina – Dolce Vita

Mr. Reeftraveler indulged in the Seafood Pasta special, which was similarly amazing.

Seafood Pasta Special

A few tips to know before you go.

Tip 1 – Make a reservation

Tip 2 – Go at sunset

Tip 3 – Be prepared for a splurge (but really, nothing in Grand Cayman is inexpensive)

And finally, be prepared for some fantastic food and warm, Italian-style hospitality.


Aug 152012

Sorry for the brief absence of late.  I’ve been away visiting family in the wilds of West Virginia.  It’s a beautiful state – one well worth a visit if you love the outdoors.

Now, back to the tropics…

I’m going to subject you to yet another batch of underwater photos from our recent trip to Grand Cayman.

Needlefish, Sunset House Reef

Green Moray – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Oh no! Not the bubbles again!

Porcupine Fish – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Ray Collision


Aug 052012

I can’t think of a better place to test drive new underwater photo gear than Sunset House in Grand Cayman.  What makes it so special?  Quite simply, it’s the home of the most comprehensive on-resort underwater photo center I’ve ever encountered.  Established by the the renowned photographer Cathy Church, the photo center has absolutely anything and everything a novice, intermediate or experienced underwater photographer could possibly want or need (including super-knowledgeable and friendly staff).

I spent several days at Sunset House getting accustomed to my FishEye Fix housing for the Canon G12.  I also tested a Sea and Sea YS110a strobe, in an attempt to make the transition from shallow depth, ambient light UW photography to strobe UW photography.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip.

Stingray – shallow depth, no strobe

Porcupine fish – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Black Durgon – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Peacock Flounder – Sunset House

Reef Squid – Sunset House

Squirrel Fish with Isopod – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Green Moray – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler