Swimming with turtles

The sad reality of living pretty much anywhere is that sometimes you forget to appreciate and take advantage of your surroundings.  I know that when I lived in London I always thought that I should go to the theatre more and make an effort to visit a museum at the weekend instead of whiling days away in pub gardens or, lazier still, on the sofa. Millions of people flock to the British capital every year to marvel at the incredible sights, yet most of those that have them on their doorstep fail to take advantage. It’s human nature and all to often “life” gets in the way of easy adventures. Life in paradise is no different. Whilst I’ll never fail to appreciate the beach, the sunsets and the incredible lifestyle, there’s no denying that we don’t do the “tourist thing” often enough.

Last week I spent every evening after work researching destinations near and far to go away for the long weekend before remembering that my dream holiday destination was right outside my front door.

 One of the things our guests regularly cite as a highlight of their trip to Cayman is swimming with turtles so I decided to put it on our "holiday" weekend schedule. For some reason, the majestic creatures spend a lot of time in the waters just inside the reef in front of Spotts beach in Prospect. Slightly off the beaten track for most tourists who spend their holidays on Seven Mile beach or out in Morritz or Rum Point, Spotts is usually quiet and one of the islands best kept secrets.

Donning our fins and snorkels it didn't take long after ducking our heads under the water to spot a turtle casually cruising by -  totally unfazed by us as we pointed and marveled at it's chilled out nature and incredible beauty.

Sadly, Sea turtles are endangered and us humans aren’t giving them a very easy ride. When we’re not trying to steal them away from their natural habitat, we’re threatening their ability to reproduce and survive by building up our beaches and littering the oceans. The Department of Envinronment and their team of dedicated volunteers here in Cayman does a great job of trying to raise awareness about the threats to sea turtles and the ways in which we can all help, and I for one hope that these majestic reptiles live on for thousands of years to come.

 
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