Stingray City tours: our tour has two parts: first, snorkeling on the barrier reef, and then a short hop across to Stingray City itself, where you will be invited to enter the water once again to play with the stingrays. The trip lasts about three hours in total.
Stingray City tours with us will begin with a fifteen minute ride on our own bus from the dock, to the Yacht Club where Moby Dick is moored. Here you will be invited to board, and asked to remove your shoes (to protect our non-slip deck). There’s plenty of space, so stow your gear then sit back and relax as we motor slowly out into the Sound. You can choose to sit in the sun or under-cover.
During our Stingray City tours, you can sit anywhere you like on the boat, and can move around as you wish. It’s a happy, informal environment. As we coast out, we will introduce our team, run through our safety briefing, and tell you all about the stingrays. We will also explain how you should move around on the sandbar safely, and how to handle and feed the stingrays. Stingray City is a protected marine environment, and we are dedicated to preserving its natural beauty. Then it will be time for some music as you enjoy the rest of the journey. Dancing is not uncommon!
Our Stingray City tours last approximately 3 hours, of which you will spend approximately 45 minutes snorkeling at the reef, then a further 45 minutes playing with the stingrays at Stingray City.
Start times vary, so we can fit in perfectly with your cruise ship arrival and departure times.
Read more about our Snorkelling and Stingray City tour and watch videos
Once we have arrived at the reef, we will remind you again that you should not touch anything, in order to protect the marine environment, and then you will be invited to enter the water. You will have about 45 minutes to swim around and enjoy the wonders of this pristine place. Expect to see lots of fish! After this, we will sound a horn and invite you to get back on board. Of course, nothing is compulsory, and you can spend as little or as much time in the water as you wish.
Please note that this video features a variety of snorkeling sites in Grand Cayman, including the reef site featured on our tour. Switch to 1080p HD and full screen for the best viewing experience!
Stingray City can be clearly seen from our snorkeling site, and the excitement builds as we motor gently across and anchor at the sandbar. You will see lots of dark shapes moving around in the water. These are your new stingray friends, waiting to meet you and hoping for a meal!
Our staff will get into the water with you, and place a weighted bucket of squid to hand for you to feed the stingrays with. We will help you learn how to hold, pet and feed the stingrays. Its good luck to kiss a stingray, and you may be surprised to find that the rays are happy to oblige! The water is warm, calm and waist deep, and I’m sure you will want to take lots of photos for those special memories.
The stingrays vary in size, and some are over a meter across. They are gentle, graceful, tactile animals, that will brush against you in their search for food. They feel like a soft Portobello mushroom to touch. You will have about 45 minutes in the water with the stingrays, plenty of time to enjoy this unique and amazing experience.
Once back on board you can if you wish take a fresh water shower to get the salt off. You’ll be on a high as we motor back to the dock, drinking some juice and enjoying the music, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. You have just had a most incredible experience, one that you will remember with fondness for the rest of your life.
Back on dry land, we will make sure you are back at the port at Georgetown in plenty of time for your tender back to your ship. We work closely with the cruise lines to keep up-to-date with schedules, and no-one on our Stingray City tours has ever missed their ship. This is a very high priority for us, so you can sit back and relax.
You safety and enjoyment is our top priority, and we will have done everything we can to ensure you have had a fantastic time. We hope you will leave us a good report on Trip Advisor, as thousands of others have. Click on the Certificate of Excellence link on the right to read some now.