Hi I need help I have found that there are numerous tour companies in Grand Cayman for the Sting Ray City Tour. Can anyone give me advice? I pretty much ruled out Captain MArvin & Capt. Bryan. Too much unstable reviews. The Cayman Delight Cruises sounds great. Anyone know anything about them? Traveling in a group of 7 (4 adults 3 children 6/9/12 )Help Help
Hi there, I too am looking for a stingray city tour company. Hadn't heard of any "bad press" surrounding captain marvin or bryan, so I appreciated your feedback. I had ruled them out mainly because of times. I am strongly leaning toward Captain Eldon (nativeway watersports). Corresponded several times with Sharon from Nativeway and she was very helpful. On the website, they show easy access on the Yo-Yo vessel, which is what I need. Price is reasonable and includes Coral Gardens. Plus, I think the fact that they are one of the few companies allowed to operate right on the dock may say something about their "reputableness." Hope so anyway. When are you going? I'm on Carnival Paradise the week of Sept. 7-14. I will definitely be following up on any other responses to your inquiry. Good luck!
We went with Captain Marvins and are now spoiled rotten. They were very personal and made sure to keep us away from the crowds. We're taking the same cruise next year and will definately go with Captain Marvin's.
Just returned from cruise on Conquest, on Grand Cayman Thursday May 22. We went with Native Way tours and Eldon (owner) was our captiain for the tour. I would HIGHLY recommend them. We only paid $25 and did not have to give credit card prior to arrival. He and his wife both were at the pier to meet us. His wife, Sharon, was very helpful via email prior to our cruise as well.
A friend even left something on the bus and Eldon came back to us to return it. It was very much appreciated!
Cheryl, I'm so glad to hear that! I've been considering Native Way as the first choice for my trip this coming Sept. on Carnival Paradise. Can I ask you a few questions? Did you have to book with them before you left, or could you call them once you got on the ship (although I'm ready to commit now, my 3 travelling partners may not want to commit to anything until they actually get on the ship). Did they give you food for the rays? Was it crowded? Also, did you have any problem getting back into the boat? This is a concern for me because I'm fairly heavy and can't easily pull myself back up. Would really appreciate hearing from you.
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We made our reservations online but did not put any money down. If you wait until you get to the dock, they may be booked. It would be expensive to call them from the ship. You could email ($55 for an hour package or pay 75 cents a minute) them from the ship, but again if they are booked you would be out of luck. (Also, I would show up if I did book it ahead of time, as those spots will be reserved for you.....unless you could let them know prior to docking)
We went to Stingray City and to the Coral Gardens. It was about 2 1/2 hours total. You can be dropped back off at the pier or anywhere along the way that you choose. We were going to go to the beach, but opted to eat instead. Eldon suggested a resturant and dropped some of us off there. Others were taken back to the pier.
Yes, they had squid for us to feed the stingrays. They had water onboard for us. The boat itself only had about 10-12 people on it, tops. The sandbar had lots of people there when we arrived tho....no way to avoid that. Eldon had an "assistant" named Sheldon that got into the water with us. He picked up a stingray for us to pet, even put it on our heads, shoulders, etc... for pictures. He was very helpful and patient. There was a couple with a small child and they were pleased with the information that Sharon had given them via email prior to the tour.
I wouldn't miss the stingrays. I've been to Grand Cayman three other times on cruises and had never snorkeled with the stingrays. Am glad I did this time. (I would bypass "Hell" and the Turtle Farm......this was much more enjoyable)
This shore tour from the ship is $46-48.....Native Way is only $25. You can get off the ship, onto the tender in time also-- you just go to the lounge early that morning and let them know that you DO have a shore tour booked, but with a private company. You'll get off in plenty of time. (We got to the island early, but the shops don't open until 8:30...can't really do much shopping before the snorkeling. Hard Rock Cafe and the Harley shop were open tho so it wasn't a total waste for our time)
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Please email me at my email address and let me know how you scheduled the stingray swim...You said you only paid $25 all the places I have looked at are around $40 and up....Thanks so much, Teresa