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Old April 9th, 2006, 07:42 PM
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Default Stingray City Excursion in Grand Cayman Question...

My son and I are not great swimmers.We have snorkeled before, but we don't usually go out past my chest. Is the water shallow enough to walk in on the Stingray City Excursion? Thanks!!
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The day and time we were there it was. I've heard others post though that they experienced deeper water. You can ask for a snorkel vest if you're at all concerned. We made my son wear one as he was younger at the time and didn't swim well.
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Unless the water levels vary greatly, you should be fine! We brought our family on this shore trip. The youngest was 12 at the time and she had no trouble reaching the bottom. Once we got over the fear of all the stingrays swimming toward the area, we had a great time. Enjoy!
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Sting Ray City is a not to be missed activity.

I would recommend you consider using one of the locals, like Captain Marvin's. His boats are not like the ship's tour. 1/4 the number of passengers, no crowds. very personal and 1/2 the price the ship charges!!!
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My husband and I went when we sailed on Mariner OTS. The water only came up to our waist line for the stingray city part. Our excursion included snorkeling as well. The snorkeling was about 100 feet away and the water was only about 15 ft. deep. I'm not a great swimmer as well, but the vest they gave me was fine and the crew even gave me a floatation device to use so I could still partake in the snorkeling.

Our excursion included the stingray city tour w/snorkeling, as well as going to Seven Mile beach for a few hours and lunch was included. It was definitely worth the money. Grand Cayman is beautiful.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 04:46 PM
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Our tour took us out to the "wall"...you could snorkle in about 15 feet of water, but the other side of the coral reef was where it dropped WAAAAY down. Stingray city was about waist deep....and it is not to be missed.
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Hope this picture helps you see how shallow it really is on the sandbar.

Have a great excursion!
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We used Capt Marvin as well and enjoyed every minute of it. I think you'll be fine, I'm only 5-2 (no shorty comments) lol and was able to stand in the water without a problem to feed/pet the stingrays. Certainly not an exursion to be missed!
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We second the motion for Capt. Marvin. Smaller groups and more personal service. Only drawback is that you won't get "preferred" tendering that you get with a RCI-arranged excursion. So don't expect to be on the island too early...

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