Nautilus Undersea Tour

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Nautilus Undersea Tour

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The Nautilus Undersea Tour in the Grand Cayman port of George Town was a great excursion where you’ll see tropical fish, shipwrecks, and snorkel over a beautiful reef area.

From the end of the pier, you’ll take a 2-minute bus ride to where the Nautilus is tied up. You’ll go down the ladder beneath the decks and have front row seats to see an underwater wonderland.

Your tour guide will tell you stories about the history of the Grand Cayman Islands, and how it was a haven for the Pirates of the Caribbean, until the British government regained control in the 1800s.

You’ll get to see some spectacular sights, as if you’re staring into a vast aquarium. You’ll transit across a few wreckage sights on your way out to snorkeling.

Grand Cayman - Nautilus Snorkel Tour
Grand Cayman – Nautilus Snorkel Tour
Grand Cayman - Nautilus Undersea Tour - View
Grand Cayman – Nautilus Undersea Tour – View
Grand Cayman - Submarine Excursion from Disney Fantasy
Grand Cayman – Submarine Excursion from Disney Fantasy

The first is the Cali wreckage. Sunk in 1944, this large 4-masted schooner is located in the George Town harbor. Through the Nautilus windows, you’ll be able to see her hull plates and ribs, along with some large mechanical pieces from her diesel-conversion (boilers and winches). The water is crystal clear and the wreckage is only 15-25 feet below the surface.

The next sight is the location of the Balboa wreckage. Sunk in 1932, a hurricane stranded this 375-foot, lumber-laden freighter in the George Town harbor.

Grand Cayman - Underwater Wreck
Grand Cayman – Underwater Wreck

The Nautilus Undersea Tour will then idle for your snorkel adventure over Cheeseburger Reef. Named after the landmark of the closest point ashore (Burger King), this reef is 3 to 4 acres in size and has an abundant variety of tropical fish. It’s said to be one of the best snorkel locations on Grand Cayman – islands known for their spectacular reefs.

The fish you will see include:

Angel Fish: Our Nautilus tour guide asked us if we knew the origin of the glorious white sands that we had been enjoying. Turns out the wind sands are Angel Fish poop (not a typo). Angel Fish take tiny bites of the coral which pass through its fishy system and make those bleach white sands! When you snorkel, you can hear crunching noises underwater as the nice Angel fish feed on the coral reef and make your white sand!

Sergeant Major: Brightly striped fish whose stripes earned its high ranking name. You will see them in abundance around the coral reef.

Giant Tarpon: You may spot a tarpon or two swimming deep in the reef.  Larger than their colorful reef-mates, the tarpon is dark in color, approximately 5-8 feet long, with a dorsal fin.

You’ll also see Trigger Fish, Parrot Fish, Butterfly Fish, Grouper, and even a Sting Ray if you’re lucky!

Before going back to your cruise ship, enjoy the port village there at George Town. You’ll find souvenirs, raw sugar cane, fresh coconut, and spectacular views of 7-Mile Beach!

Our family had a great time on this short trip. The entire excursion was just 2 hours, which was perfect. It gave us some time to buy souvenirs, walk around the end of the pier, and return to the ship where the ship’s slides and sports deck amenities had quick lines!

Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman - Submarine Excursion from Disney Fantasy
Grand Cayman – Submarine Excursion from Disney Fantasy

 

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