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December 25, 2008

Summer Trip to Grand Cayman – Stingray City

Filed under: Life,Travel — brick @ 2:51 am
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We travelled to Grand Cayman this past summer and had an amazing experience. The best part of the entire trip was the catamaran trip to Stingray City. If you are travelling to Grand Cayman by cruise, book the excursion on your own, not through the cruiseline. You will end up saving $20-$50 per person.

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We booked our trip to Stingray City (The Sandbar) through Stingray Sailing. The experience was out of this world! The service that Stingray Sailing gave us was incredible. First, we were the only 2 that booked that day (sort of offseason) and they still agreed to take us out. Second, you don’t have to travel around and pay a cab to get to the boat, they come right to the hotel and pick you up. Third, we show up at the dock and see a 43 foot sailing catamaran docked waiting for us, with coolers stocked, ready to go.

Chip, the captain of the ship, is practically a native of the islands, and knows all of the ins and outs of swimming with rays. We take a relaxing trip out from the dock, and cruise on the 45 minute ride to the sand bar. We see these other TINY boats with 8-10 people crammed on them. Lucy and I were thrilled to have this 43 footer all to ourselves!

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Once we dropped anchor, the stingrays came swarming. It was a bit nerve racking at first but then you realize they are only here to eat the squid. Lots of bumping and brushing in the water, but for the most part, they are very dossile and harmless….slimy, but harmless. Chip gets right in the water and shows you the proper technique of feeding the rays. Lucy was all about feeding them!

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Once we got our fill of the rays, Chip took us another 10 minutes to the barrier reef. There, we geared up with the snorkel equipment, and dove in. We saw schools of colorful fish swimming around us, as well as a moray eel hanging in his cove.

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After the snorkel adventure, we put up the sails and cruised back to the island. Chip had some fresh tropical fruit ready for us to wash out the salty taste left from the water. I recommend you pick up a cheap underwater digital camera to catch some of the action below. It was totally worth the investment and are available at most places (got ours at Walmart).

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If you go to Grand Cayman, make sure to book your trip to Stingray City with Stingray Sailing at www.stingraysailing.com. You won’t regret it!

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