The caves, and Cooper Island Beach Club

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The caves!

Today we struck out for some caves that Uncle Greg knew about for some good snorkeling.  Actually, although the caves were cool and kinda freaky, the good snorkeling was around them, not IN them.  That's because the caves were in basically a giant pinnacle rock, so all the outside walls dropping down were covered in coral, and there were some really cool coral formations around it, too.

The cave that we went into was dark (imagine that), so we took waterproof flashlights, but it was a little scary not knowing what your legs might brush against unless you happened to be shining your feeble light right in the right spot!  It was fun in an adrenaline sort of way though, and it turned out that all that adrenalie was for nothing, since we found nothing scary in the cave at all except for a few spiky sea urchins in shallow enough water to be bothersome.

Me snorkeling toward the caves
  :)  I did find some quite strange spotted things on a fan that looked like slugs, perhaps?  But I was too chicken to touch one (my excuse was I didn't want to hurt them) so I'll never know if they were soft and gooey or what.

Outside, though, we found all kinds of new sea life and lots of color.  I don't know if it's because the water is significantly deeper, or the walls of the rock get more sunlight, but the colors here were some of the most vivid we saw on the whole trip.  My favorite moment was when a big crab, probably bigger than my fist, came towards us on a coral ledge waving his claw menacingly.  He was so cute!  :)  We also saw a gray stingray near the floor and I tried to get a picture of Jesse with him, but a big school of blue tang decided they'd like to hover directly over him for like 5 minutes and I gave up.

Another cave view - just look at that water!
 

After finishing up there (too short!), we sailed to Cooper Island to get a mooring before they were all gone, and we were really just in time (got the last one!).  The guys went ashore to explore the island while we girls cleaned up the boat a little and then relaxed.  You can practically see the whole island from the bay anyway so we didn't miss much.

Tonight's dinner was at the Beach Club restaurant.  Jesse or Trey (can't remember which one) got a toe lightly pinched by a hermit crab under our table... lol.  And I ordered flaming creme brulee for dessert, and it was delicious except that I had to hurry and scarf it down because it started to rain just as we finished up dinner!  Made it back to the boat without getting drenched, though.  Tomorrow's forecast is NOT looking good - rainy, rainy, rainy.

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The caves!
The caves!
Me snorkeling toward the caves
Me snorkeling toward the caves
Another cave view - just look at t…
Another cave view - just look at …
View from inside the dark cave
View from inside the dark cave
A soft and spiky contrast  :)
A soft and spiky contrast :)
Scared-looking fish
Scared-looking fish
The questionable sea slugs
The questionable sea slugs
Jesse showing how deep it was
Jesse showing how deep it was
Fantastic colors!
Fantastic colors!
Another cave view
Another cave view
Us taking a break inside the cave!
Us taking a break inside the cave!
Stingray
Stingray
More colors, and a fish to match
More colors, and a fish to match
Jesse over the blue tang over the …
Jesse over the blue tang over the…
Trey and Jessica
Trey and Jessica
More amazing color
More amazing color
The crab!
The crab!
These looked like organ pipes to me
These looked like organ pipes to me
A very blue parrotfish
A very blue parrotfish
Another snorkeling view
Another snorkeling view
Cooper Island
Cooper Island
Looking out over Manchioneel Bay a…
Looking out over Manchioneel Bay …
Pinnacle rock in Manchioneel Bay
Pinnacle rock in Manchioneel Bay
The boys on Cooper Island
The boys on Cooper Island
The Beach Clubs sign and dock
The Beach Club's sign and dock
Cooper Island
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