Archive for May, 2007

USS Oriskany Pensacola

Friday 25 May 2007 @ 2:04 am

Named after the Battle of Oriskany in the American War of Independance, August 1777, Oriskany sailed out of New York harbour on 6ht december 1950.

She saw action in Korea, Vietnam
Oriskany was used for making the film The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954),

Oriskany was decommissioned 30 September 1976 and laid up for long-term storage in Bremerton, Washington. At the end of the Cold War and the subsequent reduction of the U.S. Navy’s active force, Oriskany was recognized as being obsolete and was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1989.

The Navy announced 5 April 2004 that it would transfer the former aircraft carrier to the State of Florida for use as an artificial reef for recreational purposes. In September 2003, the Navy awarded a contract to Resolve Marine Group / ESCO Marine Joint Venture for the environmental remediation work necessary for sinking the ship as an artificial reef.

The flight deck of Oriskany currently lies at a depth of 130 feet (40 m), and its carrier island rises to 70 feet (21 m). The island structure is accessible to recreational divers, however, the flight deck is beyond recreational diving range.

Displacement: As built:
30,800 tons

USS Oriskany Pensacola

Daydream Island Diving

Tuesday 8 May 2007 @ 12:27 pm

Daydream Island (West Molle Island) is one of the best known of the 70 sub-tropical islands, most of which are uninhabited.
Daydream Island is surrounded by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Coral Sea in the South Pacific Ocean and offers spectacular snorkelling and scuba diving.The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was World Heritage Listed in 1981 and is home to over 1,600 species of fish making your diving experience a kaleidoscope of all colours of the rainbow. The island resort hosts snorkel divers and SCUBA.

You need only take a few steps off the Island to go Snorkelling on the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef.

In addition the resort also offers the following activities:

  • 3 Swimming Pools and Spas with Pool Sport activities
  • Gymnasium
  • Unique Open Air Cinema with recently released movies
  • Live entertainment nightly
  • 2 floodlit Tennis Courts
  • Giant Chess
  • Catamaran sailing and lessons
  • Kayaks
  • Windsurfers
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Rainforest Walks

The resort has 289 refurbished rooms including 9 suites. It is 4.5 star rated and calims to offer the most modern facilitiesto be found in the islands.

Daydream Island

Daydream Island

Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman

Friday 4 May 2007 @ 9:07 am

Ritz-Carlton-Grand-CaymanThe Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman, West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island Phone: 345-943-9000

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman lies on Seven Mile Beach and has a Greg Norman designed golf course and the first La Prairie Spa in the Caribbean.

It has Ritz-Kids by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment and two restaurants by Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin.

Occupying 144 acres from Seven-Mile Beach to the North Sound, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman sets a new standard for a world-class resort both in the Caymans and beyond.

Seven Mile Beach

Friday 4 May 2007 @ 8:41 am

Seven Miles BeachSeven Miles of squeaky clean white sand!
Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island truly is one of the most beautiful beaches. Swimming pool-like water reflects a light turqoise tint and meets the pure fine white sand.

Lined with condos and plush resorts, this beach is known for its array of watersports and its translucent aquamarine waters. Australian pines dot the background, and the average winter temperature of the water is a perfect 80°F (27°C).

Seven Mile Beach remains public property, and you can walk the full length past all the hotels and villas. There are restaurants open to the public at most of the resorts, and lots of public beach bars. Some small reefs are located just off shore which offer great snorkelling, especially by the Marriott hotel (an artificial reef), the Governor’s residence, and just to the north of the public beach.

Open grilling is allowed, and pets are free to roam the beach off leash. Loud music and public nudity are, however, strictly prohibited.

South of Seven Mile Beach lies George Town, the capital city of the Cayman Islands, while to the North is the town of West Bay, which has a turtle farm and the limestone formations of Hell.

Hyatt Grand Cayman

Friday 4 May 2007 @ 8:15 am

Hyatt Grand CaymanHyatt Regency Grand Cayman Beach Suites, West Bay Rd., Seven Mile Beach, Phone: 345-949-1234, Toll free: 800-233-1234, Fax: 345-949-8528

  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Comfortably Appointed Guestrooms
  • Private Balconies or Patios
  • Water-Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Atlantis Submarines

    The Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort on Seven Mile Beach believes a top class hotel should offer more than just a good night’s sleep. They take pride in offering you the best of everything – luxurious rooms, delicious food, and unparalleled service. Your stay on Seven Mile Beach should be a worry-free experience that delights your senses.The Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort and Villas is the only resort in the Cayman Islands that offers wireless internet to hotel guests.

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