• Store
    • Cathy's Book

      Cathy Church's favorite underwater photos from her journey (up to 2003) from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, from the surface to 150' deep, all gathered into this beautiful coffee table book.

      FREE ON-LINE PHOTO LESSONS!!!

    • Warranty and Returns

       

       Cathy Church store warranty and returns policy IMPORTANT 30 DAY SUPPLEMENTAL WARRANTY INFORMATION

       

       

  • Printing & Digital Servicing
    • Kiosk

      Self-Service Printing and Scanning

       

      Make prints from your digital media - phone, CD, thumb drive or memory card.

       

      Make calendars or holiday cards, add text and borders, crop and adjust.

       

    • Copying Art

      Share and sell your paintings and other art work over and over.

      We can make that happen with our wonderful reproduction and Giclee printing on canvas, watercolor or photo lustre paper. Our prints maintain the look and feel of your original. Or, you can direct us on how you would like it changed. What a great freedom to be able to change an oil painting that has that one little flaw you wished you had fixed. With digital printing, it is easy to make changes.

  • Wedding & Events
    • Cayman Photographers

      Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo and video experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. 

       

    • Cayman Photographers

       

      Cayman Photographers also provides Event Photography, Commercial Photography, Senior Portraits, Beach Portraits, Location Photography, Corporate Photography, Architectural Photography, Baby Bump Portraits, Underwater Photography, Baby and Children's' Photos, Trash the Dress Photography, Trash the Dress Videography, Engagement Photos, Wedding Videography, Event Videos, Press Conference Videography, Commercial Television and Video Production, and Audiovisual Displays throughout Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands. 

       

  • Classes
    • Private Classes

       Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos and video to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn photography or video, the latest photo or video editing software or advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our private instructor, Tony Mark will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's or even high end video equipment, we can help you get the most from your camera. Tony's personal hands on method will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos and videos look amazing.

      If video is your passion, let him teach you some of his tricks that earned him an Emmy in 2006 for film editing. Tony uses a MAC and can teach you such programs as Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Aperture, iPhoto and PhotoShop.

      FUN EVENING CLASSES!

      Learning the basics with your compact or SLR camera!

      An intermediate class on becoming a better photographer

       

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Awards 

      Cathy has received many honors for her teaching and photography

      from 1971!

       

    • Articles

      Here are some recent articles by Cathy and About Cathy

       

  • Environmental Issues
    • Environmental Issues

       


      Grand Cayman is proposing the construction of a new cruise berthing facility that would totally remove the lovely wreck of the Balboa, one of my long time favorite places for teaching underwater photography. The dredging would also directly impact Soto’s Reef and Eden Rock — annual home to the incredible masses of silversides and tarpon. Silt from the dredging operations would expand for months as far as Sunset House where I teach and dive and could possibly smother and kill it.

       

       

      All of the environmental impact assessment clearly points all of this out, and also details the type of economic improvement for the island.

      We have formed a protest group called SaveCayman.org which points out the fallacy of destroying the very reefs that are the most popular for our cruise ship customers, etc. etc. and the severe economic fallout from so much environmental destruction as well as crowds, traffic, noise, and so on ad infinitum. 

  • About us
    • Location

      Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS 390 South Church Street

    • Employment Opportunities

      We occasionally need to look for a retail assistant or an underwater photo instructor

      Camera sales assistant:

      We are currently fully staffed, but we are always on the lookout ........

      Underwater Photo instructor:

      We have a great team here at the photo centre, and we sometimes need another.......

  • Contact us
    • Contact us

       

      How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

       

  • Store
    • Cathy's Book

      Cathy Church's favorite underwater photos from her journey (up to 2003) from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, from the surface to 150' deep, all gathered into this beautiful coffee table book.

      FREE ON-LINE PHOTO LESSONS!!!

    • Warranty and Returns

       

       Cathy Church store warranty and returns policy IMPORTANT 30 DAY SUPPLEMENTAL WARRANTY INFORMATION

       

       

  • Printing & Digital Servicing
    • Kiosk

      Self-Service Printing and Scanning

       

      Make prints from your digital media - phone, CD, thumb drive or memory card.

       

      Make calendars or holiday cards, add text and borders, crop and adjust.

       

    • Copying Art

      Share and sell your paintings and other art work over and over.

      We can make that happen with our wonderful reproduction and Giclee printing on canvas, watercolor or photo lustre paper. Our prints maintain the look and feel of your original. Or, you can direct us on how you would like it changed. What a great freedom to be able to change an oil painting that has that one little flaw you wished you had fixed. With digital printing, it is easy to make changes.

  • Wedding & Events
    • Cayman Photographers

      Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo and video experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. 

       

    • Cayman Photographers

       

      Cayman Photographers also provides Event Photography, Commercial Photography, Senior Portraits, Beach Portraits, Location Photography, Corporate Photography, Architectural Photography, Baby Bump Portraits, Underwater Photography, Baby and Children's' Photos, Trash the Dress Photography, Trash the Dress Videography, Engagement Photos, Wedding Videography, Event Videos, Press Conference Videography, Commercial Television and Video Production, and Audiovisual Displays throughout Grand Cayman and the Cayman Islands. 

       

  • Classes
    • Private Classes

       Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos and video to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn photography or video, the latest photo or video editing software or advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our private instructor, Tony Mark will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's or even high end video equipment, we can help you get the most from your camera. Tony's personal hands on method will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos and videos look amazing.

      If video is your passion, let him teach you some of his tricks that earned him an Emmy in 2006 for film editing. Tony uses a MAC and can teach you such programs as Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Aperture, iPhoto and PhotoShop.

      FUN EVENING CLASSES!

      Learning the basics with your compact or SLR camera!

      An intermediate class on becoming a better photographer

       

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Awards 

      Cathy has received many honors for her teaching and photography

      from 1971!

       

    • Articles

      Here are some recent articles by Cathy and About Cathy

       

  • Environmental Issues
    • Environmental Issues

       


      Grand Cayman is proposing the construction of a new cruise berthing facility that would totally remove the lovely wreck of the Balboa, one of my long time favorite places for teaching underwater photography. The dredging would also directly impact Soto’s Reef and Eden Rock — annual home to the incredible masses of silversides and tarpon. Silt from the dredging operations would expand for months as far as Sunset House where I teach and dive and could possibly smother and kill it.

       

       

      All of the environmental impact assessment clearly points all of this out, and also details the type of economic improvement for the island.

      We have formed a protest group called SaveCayman.org which points out the fallacy of destroying the very reefs that are the most popular for our cruise ship customers, etc. etc. and the severe economic fallout from so much environmental destruction as well as crowds, traffic, noise, and so on ad infinitum. 

  • About us
    • Location

      Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS 390 South Church Street

    • Employment Opportunities

      We occasionally need to look for a retail assistant or an underwater photo instructor

      Camera sales assistant:

      We are currently fully staffed, but we are always on the lookout ........

      Underwater Photo instructor:

      We have a great team here at the photo centre, and we sometimes need another.......

  • Contact us
    • Contact us

       

      How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

       

The Adventure to the Solomon Islands was fantastic

September 5 - 16 and September 16 - 26, 2017! 

The MV Bilikiki

The steel-hulled, 125-foot Bilikiki has 10 staterooms, each with private shower and toilet, 8 have double lower and single upper bunk and two have two single beds. All have AC. None have windows. It has been operating since 1989, so they know the waters and the people intimately. It is a basic, no frills boat with a steady, solid reputation. The crew is seasoned, friendly and reliable. I have been on this boat 18 times and I look forward to yet another incredible trip.


The Happy Hour

Happy hour snacks are offered on the upper deck during sunset. I love this time of day -- relaxing, talking with friends, unless I am still on my extended late afternoon dive which can be almost two hours long. I love the adjustable dive schedule that often allows us the freedom to enjoy very long dives.

 

The Food

Meals are served buffet style and there are plenty of choices for all types of diets. Food is purchased from the local islanders who come to the stern of the Bilikiki in their dugout canoes filled with wholesome fresh produce. We eat in the open air on the forward deck. There is public space in the salon where we can gather with our computers after dinner to compare photos, inspire each other with ideas and solve problems. Here I am oohing and aahing over one of Bill Gewin's wonderful photos.

 

The Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands is an island nation located in the southwest Pacific, 1,500 miles (2,400 km) west of Fiji and 1,200 miles (2,000 km) northeast of Australia. It is primitive, but safe and friendly. While English is the official language, there are almost 70 distinct languages spoken there, and Pijin is the main way to communicate in the outer islands.

Getting there

Air travelers can easily fly to Honiara, (on Guadalcanal), the capital of Solomon Islands, and the home port for the Bilikiki Cruises. Fiji Airways flies from LAX to Nadi, Fiji and then on to Honiara on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Solomon Airlines flies from Brisbane, Australia to Honiara on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and from Honiara back to Brisbane Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. This last option will involve an overnight in Honiara Saturday night after the September 5 - 16 trip.

We will be happy to work with you to plan your air travel. 

 


The weather

The weather is exceptionally boring -- calm, flat, warm, sometimes a little soft rain, a breeze or two. Just for variety a brief squall may dash through, but then it quickly returns to the boring, calm, warm, sunny weather. The weather is cooler and drier in September than it is from November to April, so it is quite comfortable. Most island crossings are calm.

 

The diving routine

Dive gear is stored on the back diving deck and is handled by the crew for you. You just point to it, they load it onto the small diveskiffs or "tinnies". You step into the tinny for the short ride to the site, and your tank is lifted to be put on your back. All you have to do is fall into the water and they hand you your camera. (If you cannot do this backward roll with a tank on, then optional techniques will be used just for you. Wherever you surface, the tinnies will come and get you. The drivers are excellent. They know where you are, how many divers are still in the water, and there is always at least one of the two tinnies in the area as they ferry the earlier divers back to the boat.

 

Diving sites

Our itinerary will include the Floridas, Georgias, Mary Island, and Morovo Lagoon.

This trip always has an option for easy diving but it can also challenge experienced divers too. It is a perfect introduction to South Pacific diving. Most sites offer shallow options with no current and clear water. Many dives are along walls so that you can choose to go deeper in the beginning, and work shallower until you make your extended stop at 15 feet along the top of the beautiful and lush wall. A few dives will be muck dives to give divers the experience of looking for interesting creatures along a sand slope or shallow wreckage. Then there are the high velocity dives with brilliant soft corals, and then a wreck dive and the dive with mounds of hard corals and the dives with tiny pygmy sea horses, and the dives with a large school of jacks and barracudas, and the dives with caves and the dives with sea whips and... and... and...  

There is a little of everything on this trip. There is always a surprise, always something that I have never seen before. This is not, however, well known for large pelagic encounters. While people have seen whale sharks, hammerheads and even sperm whales, these sitings are rare. You can, however, depend on finding every kind of anemone fish, and every type of scenic found in the South Pacific. 

I was intrigued by the pattern of the rind of this gorgonian, but a pygmy seahorse kept sticking his head in the photo.

For more underwater photos, click here.

                                                                                                                                               

 

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