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Old October 8th, 2002, 03:34 PM
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Default What is the best Stingray tour in the Caymans

Will be booking with Carnival on the ship. What is better Stingray City or Stingray Sandbar tour.. Which has less people, better snokling.
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Old October 8th, 2002, 03:53 PM
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Hi Lizygirl,
I've heard that Capt. Marvin does a nice sting ray city tour:
http://www.captainmarvins.com/

You can also check out this excursion company:

http://www.shoreexcursions.com/

I think as long as you get there somehow, you will all enjoy the snorkeling, its awesome!

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Old October 8th, 2002, 04:46 PM
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Default Re: What is the best Stingray tour in the Caymans

If I remember correctly one include snorkeling?! It's been a year. But we went with the one that cost less, they both go to stingray city where you can interact with them.

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Apparently the sandbar attracts fewer boats. During a week long stay in Grand Cayman earlier in the year we went to the sandbar with Red Sail Sports. They offer a sailing catamaran out to the sandbar which is a nice way to go compared to the motor launches. They anchor at the sandbar and you simply hop into the water, snorkel, feed the rays, hang out, whatever you want to do. Depending on the tides the water's about chest deep and they provide masks, snorkels and vests.

Because we were there for a week we simply booked with them directly. I don't know whether they do anything through or with the cruise lines, but it might be worth a check. Nice people.

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Lizygirl, went in aug. and did the cockatoo sailing and stingray tour, this was a great tour. All of the tours end up at the same sandbar so it's crowded no matter which tour you take. But if you like a smaller tour group the cockatoo is about 40 people, so is the Stringray City tour, the stingray sandbar tour is about 150. There is snorkeling but it's on a sandbar so there's no much to see other than the stingrays. It's a must to see and do, we really loved swimming, feeding, holding the stingrays. The crew on the Cockatoo are great. They will tape the tour for you which is 40.00. Have a great time and cruise.
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Hi AR,
We too did the sting ray city with Red Sail when we stayed there for 5 days, although we went with divers and were not at the sand bar, it was great! Haven't heard of any cruisers booking with them, they did do a nice excursion.

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Old October 12th, 2002, 03:42 AM
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Default Re: What is the best Stingray tour in the Caymans

I'm taking the Brilliance in March and had the same question as you. I though was wondering how many stingrays could one see before your sting rayed out?

Are there any excursions that do both the Sting Ray then on to another snorkeling adventure? Give me a ton of colorful fish along with Stingrays and I'd be more happy.

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Old October 14th, 2002, 12:46 PM
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captain marvins does a stingray and snorkeling tour (see Donna's message above for website) - there are several choices (all day, half day, three hour) - my family did this last August and everyone loved it. I think there were 15 total on the tour. We were supposed to be at the Captain Marvin office at 9:15 and the first tender left at 8 and had no problem getting there on time (we were on Rhapsody).
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Default Re: What is the best Stingray tour in the Caymans

To anwser your question, the original stingray city is mainly for divers and snorkelers. The depth is about 10'. The stingray sandbar is only 3-4' deep and is not really for snorkeling. There you just stand and look into the water or submerge yourself and view the rays.
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