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Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure)

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Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure)

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Safety measures
icon2 to 3 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Travel to Stingray City by boat on this excursion from Grand Cayman. Wade and swim in the shallow water as the free-roaming southern stingrays float through the water. Snorkel at the Barrier Reef or Coral Gardens on this family-friendly outing, which includes round-trip transportation from your hotel on Grand Cayman.
  • Grand Cayman tour to Stingray City
  • Experience one of the Cayman Islands’ most popular attractions
  • Enjoy scenic boat rides to and from Stingray City
  • Stand or swim in shallow water with dozens of stingrays
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off on Grand Cayman included
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Local Guide
Hotels pickup and drop-off
Cruise Ship Port pickup and Drop-off
Boat transport to Stingray City Sand bar
Beverages (water, juice or fruit punch)
Use of Snorkeling equipment (Goggles, Life Vest and Fins)
Gratuities

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This activity will end right where it started.Pickup is only for persons located in the hotels we have listed. If you are located outside our hotel pickup list you would have to find transportation to the marina where your vessel will be waiting for you. If you are out side our hotel pickup area and don't have transportation you can get a taxi or local bus to (Hard rock cafe in town if you are located at east end side) or (The Westin Resort if you are located West Bay) ----- please confirm with us so we know that you are wait for us to pick you up ----- ------ONLY FOR PASSENGERS COMING OF THE SHIPS AT "SPOTTS" --------- At times due to the weather ships will divert to another port around the island call "Spotts". If you do end up here at Spotts you don't need to take action, we will pick you up.
Following pickup from your hotel on Grand Cayman, transfer to the marina where you meet your boat. Of if you'd like, make your own way to the pier. Watch as the island's coastline recedes and sip the provided water or juice during your boat ride out to a series of sandbars in clear, shallow water. 

Upon arrival at Stingray City, jump out of the boat into the calm, waist-deep water. The stingrays that congregate here are wild, but are accustomed to being near humans. During your stay, watch them pass by and take plenty of photos during your encounter.

Climb back on your boat and head over to the Barrier Reef or the Coral Garden for some snorkeling. Don the provided snorkel equipment and float peacefully in the calm waters among coral and schools of tropical fish. Your guide is available for beginner snorkel instruction. 

Return to the marina on the boat, then transfer back to your Grand Cayman hotel at the end of this tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Stingray City
After hotel pickup and transport to the marina, your tour begins with a 30-minute boat ride out to Stingray City, a series of sandbars in the shallow waters of Grand Cayman’s North Sound where wild stingrays gather. During the ride, sit back and enjoy the views while sipping provided water or juice. When you arrive, hop in the clear turquoise water, which is about waist- to chest-high, to wade near the stingrays. You have approximately 40 minutes to enjoy the experience and take plenty of photos as the stingrays pass nearby. After visiting Stingray City, you'll head over to either Coral Garden or Barrier Reef for snorkeling. Spend 30 minutes swimming around the warm, crystal-clear water, where you'll see colorful coral and fish, including angel fish and parrot fish. Your guide will be there to make sure you enjoy a fun and safe experience. When your time is up, head back to the marina by boat, and then you’ll be returned to your hotel.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Is recommended that you bring your own towel, sunscreen and your own snacks.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We highly recommend to bring your own motion sickness medicine if you are not use to the open water.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rowan Watersports Ltd.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure)?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure).
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure).
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure)?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure).
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure)?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure).

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Traveler Tips


  • "If your boat has life vests, I would recommend putting it on once you get in the water to stay afloat to get a nice photo above water lol." See review
  • "It was dangerous to anchor and snorkel in that area in those conditions." See review
  • "Although the company of course can not control the weather, they should consider a refund/rain check policy when conditions interfere with the quality of the experience." See review

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star-4
The experience was with...
gary_f
, Jul 2022
The experience was with The stingrays not only just holding them but snorkeling down and looking and following them around the bottom. Snorkeling at the coral reef was extremely good the crew was extremely helpful the photographs were good and it was entertaining on the way back many drinks
star-5
Amazing & Incredible Experience!’
Jose_F
, Jun 2022
An incredible experience with the stingrays, and the hosts were absolutely friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and made it an unforgettable memorable day!! Highly recommend this to anyone visiting Cayman Island!!
star-5
Great day, great boat!
AARON_K
, Apr 2022
Robert Jr. is an awesome captain. This is a local-owned, family run tour business that does a great job. Boat crew is kind and family-friendly.
star-5
Book it.
Jason_M
, Apr 2022
Very well organized. The crew was fantastic. It felt almost like a private excursion. Much less than the cruise ship excursions and we felt like me received a better tour.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Means a lot guys, thank you! Glad everyone had an awesome time!
star-5
Had a great time and met...
Ashley_S
, Mar 2022
Had a great time and met nice people. Crew were friendly and knowlegable. Starfish point seems a little over used and given the limited starfish people should be restricted from handling them.
star-5
A must do....
Kelly_P
, Mar 2020
What a great experience. The guide let us hold, feed and kiss the sting ray. I highly recommend this excursion, it was definitely a must see in Grand Cayman
star-5
Awesome Trip in the Caymans
Zachary_C
, Mar 2020
Great excursion with 3 stops. Wasn’t expecting starfish beach but that was a nice surprise! The crew was extremely helpful and reliable and made for a wonderful experience. The water was a little rough but overall it was a fantastic experience and great day in the Caymans.
star-5
Best Grand Cayman Excursion
KIMBERLY_R
, Feb 2020
In consideration of time if you are on a cruise, you will be taking a smaller boat to the port. Thus, you want to be one of the first one to aboard these small boats. It was very easy to find the tour guide post. We came thru the south terminal but the tour post is located in the north terminal which is about a 4 min walk between each other. There is free guest WiFi there. Then, we took a 30 min drive to the boat dock. Then, we took another 30 min boat ride to the sand bar. The sand bar was pretty deep (I am 5’2). If your boat has life vests, I would recommend putting it on once you get in the water to stay afloat to get a nice photo above water lol. There were many boats parked and many people with the string rays. The current was moderately strong so the life vest helps. You have more than enough time to take a picture with a string ray, swim, and enjoy the water. There were many stingrays. We booked the 09:00AM tour and had enough time to return to the port to go to the gift shop and margaritaville. So as far as making it back on time you should be fine. I believe we got back around noon and our cruise departed at 03:30PM. Overall, for the price we paid and the experience it was well worth it. Reminder: Cash tip for the tour and separate tip for the bus driver that takes you to the boat dock (they have signs that say $1 tip is appreciated.)
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Stingray City
John_O
, Feb 2020
The bus ride from Royal Walter to the boat was great. The captain and his crew were super knowledgeable and took great care of us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly Recommend
Amy_N
, Feb 2020
I only paid 40 per person, stopped at stingray city, snorkel area and starfish beach same as every tour, so don’t pay for others charging more!! Amazingly beautiful waters and such cool creatures. Photos are pricey but they come out good so it’s worth it. Best day of our vacation, definitely do it!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-3
Boring hosts
Germaine_B
, Feb 2020
The excursion itself was amazing. Our providers/hosts were nice, but not engaging at all. This is why I gave it 3 stars
star-5
Robert Jr’s stingray Team
Douglas_M
, Feb 2020
Robt Jr and crew were awesome. From landing at the port we met the Rowan sports team and checked in for our trip. Hung out and shopped for bit then loaded onto the vans to proceed to the boat. Once onboard they go over safety and boat details keeping it fun and light. Water and fruit punch available you're thirsty. Starfish island was great. Quick stop To find beautiful starfish. Hold them but keep them underwater. Kids loved this. Can jump in or use the stairs. Stingray city is stop 2. I cant Say enough about shipmate Beecher, aka the stingray whisperer. Even though it was packed with people Beecher went out and found one and brought it back so our entire group could touch, feed, hold, kiss and get massaged by the ray. He’s an absolutely amazing and gifted stingray wrangler. I think he uses his mind to talk them. Occasionally going under water to “talk” to them. Everyone got to touch and hold. Last stop was a snorkel area. Tricker for kids because it’s over their heads but there’s life jackets and snorkeling gear provided. We say tons of fish and huge rays swimming. These dudes are awesome, best excursion we’ve been on. Well done!!! FYI they do up-sell pics of you and the rays but seems worth it after looking at the price of gas and quality of this crew.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best ever!
shirley_c
, Feb 2020
Amazing quality, informative, amusing. Robert Jr keeps a tight ship and gives excellent value, caring for the safety of all his guests, ensuring they get the best experience. Thank you
star-2
What A Mess
Lawrence_S
, Feb 2020
This was sold as a pickup at cruise ship. NOT TRUE. You have to find them. We had bought tickets for an 11:30am departure. When we found the desk (which took some doing) they told us we are departing at noon. We were concerned about getting back in time. At 12:15 we still hadn't left. Passengers from other cruise ships were still gathering. When we got on busses there was barely enough seats. The experience once on board was good but the boat was small. It was a windy day so the seas were rough. When we got to the stingray site there were tons of boats. Many larger than this one that might have handled those windy seas better. By the time we got back there was no time to do anything but run for last tender back to ship. There are TONS of options once you get on shore for the same excursion. I would check travel sites for better ones.
star-2
Rough weather made it a bad experience.
randymyers
, Feb 2020
Very rough water and couldn’t interact with the stingrays. Boat was parked not close to the sand bar so you couldn’t get back on the boat. I’ve done this before and it was great!
star-5
Excellent excursion
Steve_D
, Feb 2020
Just excellent! We were able to touch the Stingrays and get good pics with them while our guide gently worked with them. Even fed them.
star-5
Amazing time even with experiencing and Earthquake!
stevenaustin317
, Jan 2020
We had an amazing experience with our crew and they rest of our group. Stingrays, snorkeling and a tsunamis was a great experience. The crew informed us what was happening, but the tour continued. We had friends book the same excursion as us and by far we had the better experience. Thank you for the memories.
star-5
Swimming with stingrays
rickelainethompson
, Jan 2020
It was amazing, the two fellows driving the boat and taking people into the ocean to swim with stingrays were awesome and very experienced. The snorkeling was great too
star-5
Excellent Experience
James_L
, Jan 2020
What an incredible experience! This was MUCH CHEAPER than going through the cruise ship! We went to THREE (3) spots, including Stingray City and Starfish Point. The cruise ship price was 2 times the amount and only included the Stingray spot. They brought us back to Port with more than enough time. The crew was incredibly kind, too! They allowed us to feed the stingray as well.
star-5
Must do while in Caymans!
Jennifer_M
, Jan 2020
Amazing time! Drew and his crew were awesome. They were extremely knowledgeable & are there to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip. Highly recommend.

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