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Trip of a Lifetime 2016, Little Cayman

The Lucky Star offered up a very nice dive platform for our time in LIttle Cayman.

Image Title: School Bus

Description: The Lucky Star offered up a very nice dive platform for our time in Little Cayman.

Dive Site: Cumber’s Caves

Trip of a Lifetime 2016

Last month we returned from our second annual trip of a lifetime to Little Cayman, and what an awesome experience it was. We were greeted with great conditions out on the water and endless awesome encounters under the waves.

We stayed and dove with Southern Cross Club whose barefoot elegance mindset made our entire group feel right at home. Their beach front villas make for the ultimate relaxing getaway, and the staff as always was there to happily help with any of our needs. The diving was sublime, with multiple dives offering up encounters with large turtles, huge schools of fish, ample macro life, and of course the stunning drop-offs that Bloody Bay Wall is world renowned for.

Healthy sponges along Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman.

Image Title: Organ Pipes

Description: Healthy sponges along Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman.

Dive Site: Great Wall West

We had two separate groups this year who both got to see the best that Little Cayman has to offer. The first group was focused on diving, while Group 2 had their shutter fingers ready and spent some time in the class room for a photo workshop put on by Chase. We had amazing wildlife to photograph big and small and everyone in the class learned how to transform there images in post production.

 

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Our first group that joined us for this year’s Trip of a Lifetime | Little Cayman.

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Group 2 enjoying a last sunset before returning to Grand Cayman.

This is just the first group of finished images from our awesome dives on the little rock so keep posted to our blog and website for more images from this year, as well as information about our 2017 trip.

A Green Turtle cruises through the crystal clear blue water near the surface.

Image Title: Fly With Me

Description: A Green Turtle cruises through the crystal clear blue water near the surface.

Dive Site: Anne’s Attic

 

A diver looks down on a massive barrel sponge.

Diving Grand Cayman

Image Title: Observation

Description: A diver looks down on a massive barrel sponge.

Dive Site: Bush Gardens (Splash House)

 

Inside the cut out in the iron shore known by local dive guides as the Ballroom.

Image Title: Colorful Ceilings

Description: Inside the cut out in the iron shore known by local dive guides as the Ballroom.

Dive Site: Bush Gardens (Splash House)

 

Looking up in the Ballroom.

Image Title: Window Between Worlds

Description: Looking up in the Ballroom.

Dive Site: Bush Gardens (Splash House)

 

The iron shore walls are covered with colorful growth. The shallow depths offer up ample use of ambient light.

Image Title: Sponge Graffiti

Description: The iron shore walls are covered with colorful growth. The shallow depths offer up ample use of ambient light.

Dive Site: Bush Gardens (Splash House)

A gorgeous sunset after our dusk dive in the Bloody Bay Marine Park.

Image Title: Orange Peel

Description: A gorgeous sunset after our dusk dive in the Bloody Bay Marine Park.

Dive Site: Leaving Lea Lea’s Lookout

 

A close-up portrait of a Slender File Fish backed with a Purple Sea Fan. Image was achieved with a 100mm macro lens and +5 diopter.

Image Title: Eye to Eye

Description: A close-up portrait of a Slender File Fish backed with a Purple Sea Fan. Image was achieved with a 100mm macro lens and +5 diopter.

Dive Site: Randy’s Gazebo

 

Even the turtles are stoked to be in the water in Little Cayman. Here a Hawksbill is seen fin (fist) pumping the sun.

Image Title: Fin Bump

Description: Even the turtles are stoked to be in the water in Little Cayman. Here a Hawksbill is seen fin (fist) pumping the sun.

Dive Site: Great Wall West

 

You found the wrong Sea Horse. We arrived at the dive site having recieved word of a Sea Horse close to the mooring line. This was the first of two that were found a short 30 feet from each other.

Image Title: Purple Pony

Description: You found the wrong Sea Horse. We arrived at the dive site having recieved word of a Sea Horse close to the mooring line. This was the first of two that were found a short 30 feet from each other.

Dive Site: Marylin’s Cut

 

This was the intended target of the Sea Horse searching. A large bright yellow subject for everyone to snap images off.

Image Title: Grazing

Description: This was the intended target of the Sea Horse searching. A large bright yellow subject for everyone to snap images off.

Dive Site: Marylin’s Cut

 

After swimming out in front of this Loggerhead to compose one last shot, he was kind enough to go right over my head showing me the three large Remoras that were catching a ride with him.

Image Title: Catching a Ride

Description: After swimming out in front of this Loggerhead to compose one last shot, he was kind enough to go right over my head showing me the three large Remoras that were catching a ride with him.

Dive Site: Mike’s Mount

 

When you are the biggest creature crusiing around at any given moment you have the right of way. This large Loggerhead Turtle just kept his chosen path and it was up to me to snap this shot and roll out of the way.

Image Title: Face to Face

Description: When you are the biggest creature crusiing around at any given moment you have the right of way. This large Loggerhead Turtle just kept his chosen path and it was up to me to snap this shot and roll out of the way.

Dive Site: Mike’s Mount

 

This medium sized Hawksbill swam through the entire dive group.

Image Title: Full Fin Ahead

Description: This medium sized Hawksbill swam through the entire dive group.

Dive Site: Mike’s Mount

 

Just under the boat at mixing boal this school of Horse-eyed Jacks endlessly spiraled in the shallows on top of the wall.

Image Title: Jack Twister

Description: Just under the boat this school of Horse-eyed Jacks endlessly spiraled in the shallows on top of the wall.

Dive Site: Mixing Bowl

 

Massive Barrel Sponges line the edge of the rubbel area and mini wall. Great sun and a handy boat on the surface make for a nice image.

Image Title: Big Barrels

Description: Massive Barrel Sponges line the edge of the rocky area and mini wall. Great sun and a handy boat on the surface make for a nice image.

Dive Site: Cumbers Caves

 

A close-up of a Masked Hamlet. Spending time with these subjects is key. Although they can be elusive, they tend to make make periodic turns and face directly into your lens.

Image Title: Colorful Mask

Description: A close-up of a Masked Hamlet. Spending time with these subjects is key. Although they can be elusive, they tend to make make periodic turns and face directly into your lens.

Dive Site: Lea Lea’s Lookout

 

A Slender File Fish moves around a whip coral. These subjects are very abundant in Little Cayman. Though they are slow moving they are masters of moving in and out of tight hiding spaces.

Image Title: Tiny Texture

Description: A Slender File Fish moves around a whip coral. These subjects are very abundant in Little Cayman. Though they are slow moving they are masters of moving in and out of tight hiding spaces.

Dive Site: Lea Lea’s Lookout

 

A friendly Nassau Grouper poses for his picture to be taken. This guys make for great photography subjects as they are very friendly toward divers.

Image Title: Posted Up

Description: A friendly Nassau Grouper poses for his picture to be taken. This guys make for great photography subjects as they are very friendly toward divers.

Dive Site: Anne’s Attic

 

I hope everyone enjoyed the first round of images and I look forward to sharing more of our underwater experiences from Little Cayman in the upcoming weeks.

If you are interested in purchasing prints of any of the above images feel free to email me for a price/sizing sheet and additional information. If you could just include the (Image Title) in the email I would greatly appreciate it.

chase@dnsdiving.com

 

 

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