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Stingray City, Grand Cayman

by Taffy on 04/02/09 at 7:56 am

Spend the day soaking up the sun and seeing the water life of Grand Cayman.

On our Western Caribbean Cruise we stopped in Grand Cayman.  There were MANY shore excursions to choose from beaches to sightseeing in Georgetown and Hell and back (there is a little town named HELL. Great place to send postcards!) but we opted to swim with the stingrays and snorkel with eels.

We went with a private tour as it was cheaper than the ships excursion.  We met our group a few minutes walk at the tour guides business.  We boarded the boat and were on our way.  A bad storm had hit Grand Cayman a year before and our captain pointed out the worst areas.

We were instructed how to be in the water with the stingrays.  Just walk slowly.  Don’t swim. When I first got in it was a little disconcerting to feel something swim by my legs. And then another creature and another. But I could see the stingrays in the 3-4 feet of clear water I was standing in and I soon got use to the gentle creatures. One lady literally climbed on her husbands back and made him take her back to the boat.  She didn’t get out again until our tour was over! :) Our guide picked up stingrays for us feel the smooth skin.  He also handed out squid and taught us how to feed the stingrays. We held the food out and the stingrays just came up to us and ‘vacuumed’ the squid out of our hand. 

When our time was up with the stingrays, we boarded the boat and sailed for a few minutes to a reef. We doned snorkel gear and life jackets (if you want) and swam with TONS of colorful fish.  Our guide dove deep and found eels for us to see.

We took a leisurely ride back to the dock.  We had the option of buying a video of our excursion but declined. We felt we had enough pictures with our water camera.  We walked around the shops, exploring the area and bought a few trinkets before heading back to our ship.

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