Grand Cayman Stingray City Tours

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Have you always heard of the magnificent Grand Cayman Stingray City tours and want to experience one for yourself? Here at Captain Marvin's, our founding captain spearheaded the Stingray City excursion trend, offering cruise ship passengers and locals the amazing experience of swimming with wild stingrays in their natural habitat.

Our tour company offers more than just Stingray City tours in Grand Cayman. If you're looking for other ways to have fun in the sun, book one of our private charters, fishing trips, or enjoy a snorkel tour that gives you perfect views of Coral Gardens and Barrier Reef.

You can also take a trip to Starfish Point with our expert boat crew to see sea stars and other tropical fish or take a dip in the crystal clear waters to experience the rare bioluminescence event that occurs every night around Grand Cayman Island.

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Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 32

Tour #1: Stingrays and Starfish ( Caves on Fridays & Saturdays only)

Enjoy the combo tour with stingrays and starfish, offered for USD59/person each morning at 7:30 before the crowds! On Fridays and Saturdays, you can add the caves tour (USD99/person for both). You must prepay for these tours as the office isn't open before 7:30 AM.

Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 45

Tour #2: Stingrays and one snorkel stop to Barrier Reef OR Coral Gardens

Our two-stop stingray/snorkel tour lasts about two hours and 30 minutes, slightly shorter than our three-stop stingray/snorkel tour. The two-stop trip goes to the Stingray City sandbar plus one snorkel stop, either the Barrier Reef or the Coral Gardens. Our captain will decide when he gets out to the stingray/snorkel areas which snorkel stop to use, based on wind, wave, and tide conditions, as well as on the number of people at each of the two areas. We always try to go to the less populated of the two stops.

Duration
5 hours
Group Size
Up to 40

Tour #3: Beach Lunch, Stingray & Snorkel tour

Capt. Marvin's Beach Lunch Stingray/Snorkel Tour is the best of the best! It includes two snorkel stops (one of which will be a conch dive during conch season, Nov. 1st through April 30th), the Stingray City sandbar for interaction with the stingrays, and a fresh seafood lunch on the beach across the North Sound (near Kaibo/Rumpoint).

Our crew will dive for conch in season and you are welcome to help them. They will even clean up some shells so each family unit who wishes can take one back home with them (supply limited). The rest of the year, you will have extra snorkeling (or Starfish) stop instead of the conch dive.

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 45

Tour #4:Stingray City and Two snorkeling stops to Coral Gardens and the Barrier Reef

Our three-stop stingray/snorkel tour lasts three hours, dock to dock. The three-stop stingray/snorkel trip goes to the Stingray City sandbar plus TWO snorkel stops, both the Barrier Reef AND the Coral Gardens.

We strongly recommend that you bring flotation devices for children under age 3, as our snorkel gear is for ages 3 and over. We provide snorkel vests, life vests, masks, snorkels, and fins for everyone ages 4 and over. You are welcome to bring your own gear if you like. We offer complimentary shuttle service from your hotel or condo on Seven Mile Beach.

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 35

Tour #5: Stingrays, Starfish and Snorkeling

A new tour is being offered on our brand new motor catamaran.

This tour has been getting really great reviews! With approximately 25 people on average, it's a comfortable and high-end unique visit to some of the most beautiful spots on the planet.

The snorkeling will be at either the Coral Gardens OR the Barrier Reef, with approximately 40 minutes at each stop, allowing you more time to enjoy the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

Why choose us?

Offering Exhilarating Experiences Throughout The Grand Cayman

Our Stingray City tours of Grand Cayman are some of the most popular in the Cayman Islands because our company has shown visitors this pristine location since 1951. Although we're experts at navigating the infamous Stingray City sandbar, we offer so much more than this. Choose a fishing tour, a private charter, or even a night tour of Starfish Point to maximize your excursion when visiting Grand Cayman.

Fun

If you're looking to hop off your cruise ship and have the most exciting Stingray City tour in Grand Cayman, then you've come to the right place! Our crew not only ensures you'll have a safe trip t...

If you're looking to hop off your cruise ship and have the most exciting Stingray City tour in Grand Cayman, then you've come to the right place! Our crew not only ensures you'll have a safe trip to the Stingray City sandbar for a fun-filled adventure with wild stingrays, but they'll make sure you have a blast doing it! Climb aboard with our popular crew for an informative and exciting time at Stingray City.

Family-Friendly

Our tours of Stingray City and other famous destinations around the Grand Cayman are geared for the entire family. Whether it's a quiet day of fishing on the water you're after or an afternoon of s...

Our tours of Stingray City and other famous destinations around the Grand Cayman are geared for the entire family. Whether it's a quiet day of fishing on the water you're after or an afternoon of swimming and excitement at Stingray City, our crew loves to show families how to let loose and have a good time while keeping safety as a top priority.

Professional

Though our crew knows how to have a good time, we always carry ourselves with professionalism while showing your group around Grand Cayman's Stingray City and beyond. Our focus is to let your group...

Though our crew knows how to have a good time, we always carry ourselves with professionalism while showing your group around Grand Cayman's Stingray City and beyond. Our focus is to let your group relax and enjoy the experience without worrying about timing or anything else that might distract you from memory-making with your loved ones. We'll take care of everything you need while you cruise with us, including any safety issues that may arise. You're in good hands with our team!

Location

Discover Grand Cayman And Stingray City

Grand Cayman is a popular destination for romantic and family vacations because of the pristine tropical paradise visitors experience here. From the crystal clear waters of Stingray City to infamous snorkel stops like the stunning Coral Gardens, there's always something exhilarating to experience here. Spend the day lounging on Seven Mile Beach or travel to Rum Point to explore the many different sites and attractions available.

Not only is the beautiful marine life exciting to behold but there's something to do for everyone here in Grand Cayman. With the perfect weather, the flora and fauna to experience, and museums and nightlife, it's the perfect destination to get away from your everyday life and encounter the heavenly paradise that is the Cayman Islands. We can't wait to see you here!

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, as most of our business is from the hotels and condos we do offer pick up along the 7 mile beach road.

Yes, we offer group rates starting with groups of ten or more for cash payments and 10% for credit card payments.

Yes, we provide snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, fins and snorkel vest or life jacket) for everyone ages 4 and up, included in the price of your tour.

Yes, we would be happy to make your tour a private charter. Please see the rate sheet under 'Private Charters' on our web site.

We will not schedule you for a trip that will not work with your ship's schedule, and we have kept detailed records over the years so we know what time your ship's last tender will be.

We are the only provider with an office right across the street from the cruise terminals, so you are guaranteed to find us easily. Your reservation confirmation from us will give you walking directions to our office, and there is a photo of the building (Waterfront Centre) and a map on our web site.

We would be happy to drop you off at Seven Mile Beach after your tour with us. There are always local buses and taxis waiting at Calico Jack's and Tiki Beach, two of the more popular areas on the beach, both with restaurant/bar/restroom facilities. Bus fare back to the cruise terminal is US$2.50/person, and taxi fare is about US$5-7/person, subject to change.

We have no age restrictions on our tours. We ask that if you are bringing along children under the age of 4, you bring flotation devices for them as we do not provide them for children under age 4.

Yes, however, pregnant women are not allowed to do any of the dolphin tours.

It is recommended that you know how to swim if you intend to do any snorkeling. We have a lifebuoy that you may use to hang on to during the snorkel stops so you can see the fish and coral if you are not comfortable swimming.

The water at the Stingray City sandbar is 3-4 feet deep. We anchor the boat nearby in about 5-6 feet of water so we don't run it aground, and you then make your way over to the shallower area where you will stand in the sand while the stingrays swim around you. The snorkel stops are in 8-10 feet of water.

We recommend that you wear your swimsuit under a cover-up or shorts/t-shirt as the only place to change clothes at Stingray City is in the head on the boat.

We offer card-carrying travel agents a discount on our tours. Please let us know when you are making a reservation, and bring your IATA card with you for check-in.

We have several boats ranging from 34-60 feet in length, with capacities from 20-45 people. The average number of people on a tour is 25.

You may make your reservation at any time now for a future date; during the busy season (November to May) we urge you to make your reservation at least two weeks in advance as trips tend to fill up.

No, we do not do any SCUBA diving but we recommend DiveTech locally (www.divetech.com).

We strongly recommend that you know how to swim before taking a snorkeling trip, but our crew are experienced at teaching beginners how to snorkel. Just ask them when you get to the boat.

If you book online, you will be charged upon completion of your reservation. If you book by phone or in person, you will be charged when you check in with us on the day of your tour. However, we will need a credit card to hold your reservation either way.

If your cruise ship cannot stop here on its scheduled day, or arrives too late for you to take our tour, you will not be charged. If you need to cancel your reservation for personal reasons, please do so at least 72 hours in advance to avoid being charged. If your ship arrives on time and you do not show up for your tour, you will be charged. If the weather is such that our captain cancels our boat trip, you will not be charged, but we do not cancel for rain only.

We have two-stop (2.5 to 2.75 hours), three-stop (3 hours) and beach lunch (5 hours) tours. These times are dock-to-dock; add 15-20 minutes for transportation each way.

You may book online by filling out the reservation form on our web site, or you may phone our office using one of the phone numbers on our 'Contact' page.

The stingrays are hungry morning, noon and night. The ones who have eaten in the morning will go off to their afternoon hangout, and others will take their place throughout the day.

The Stingray, Starfish and Snorkeling tour is approximately 40 min per stop giving you a bit more time per stop.

Yes, you may stay on the boat at any of the stops.

We provide snorkel vests and life jackets for everyone ages 4 and over. If you are bringing children under age 4 with you, please bring a flotation device for them.

Our private dock is about a 4-minute drive from our main location on Seven Mile Beach, and it's about a 15-minute drive from our location across from the cruise ship terminals.

Yes, on most of our tours we are able to accommodate a person in a wheelchair provided it is collapsible.

If your ship arrives too late for your tour with us, or is not able to stop at all, you will not be charged. However, in most cases, we will have been made aware in advance that your ship will be arriving late, and we will do our best to make adjustments to the timing so that you can still take your tour with us. Please check in at our office in the Waterfront Centre as soon as you are able to get off the ship to see what we have been able to arrange for you. If you have booked through a tour agency and have paid them in advance, you will need to deal with them directly to receive a refund.

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