Grand Cayman Excursions

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Founder of original stingray experience in Grand Cayman
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Adventures in the Cayman Islands!

Welcome to the Cayman Islands! If you've heard about the fantastic stingray city excursions in Grand Cayman, then you have Captain Marvin to thank for that. Our captain was a founding father of stingray excursions in Grand Cayman!

Whether it's snorkeling around the coral heads and reefs, swimming with stingrays, or enjoying the wonder of sea stars at Starfish Point and the other-worldly night-time bioluminescence tour, you will discover amazing things in our waters!

If you are looking for the best fishing charters in the Cayman Islands, we have you covered. Our experienced captains will take you deep sea fishing for marlin, tuna, or wahoo. Grand Cayman is also an excellent place for reef fishing (yellowtail and red snapper, grunts, triggerfish, jacks), and our knowledgeable guides know all the best places to go. Come with us to explore all that Grand Cayman has to offer. Adventure calls and we must go!

Captain Marvin's Watersports

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Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 35

Stingrays, Starfish & Snorkeling

A new and more exclusive 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.

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59 USD
Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 45

Two-Stop Stingray/Snorkel Tours

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.

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40 USD
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 45

Three-Stop Stingray/Snorkel Tours

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.

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45 USD
Duration
5 hours
Group Size
Up to 40

Beach Lunch Stingray/Snorkel Tours

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.

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75 USD
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 32

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.

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49 USD
Duration
4 hours
Group Size
Up to 8

Deep Sea Fishing

Capt. Marvin's Watersports is privileged to have excellent, experienced captains who will help you catch that big marlin, tuna, or wahoo. One of the great advantages of deep sea fishing in Grand Cayman is that our deep water is not far from shore, so you do not have to spend hours of your time just getting to the fishing areas.

We offer both half-day and full-day fishing charters. Our half-day charters are from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM, and again from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, and our full-day charters are from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Upon request, we will also provide a cooler with ice for your beverages and snacks if you would like to bring them along with you.

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850 USD
Duration
4 hours
Group Size
Up to 6

Reef Fishing

We also provide reef fishing charters, and because the reef is so close to the island, you are not spending your valuable time and money getting to a far-off fishing site.

The tradition in Grand Cayman is that 1/3 of the catch (or an edible amount, whichever is smaller) goes to those fishing, and 2/3 of the catch goes to the boat. Our crew will be happy to fillet the fish for you.

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750 USD
Duration
4 hours
Group Size
Up to 8

Our Fishing Boats

We are fortunate to have a fleet of cabin cruisers for fishing charters. The boats vary in length from 33 feet to 60 feet.

from
750 USD
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
1 to 60

Private Charters

Capt. Marvin's also offers you the option of a private charter. We have several boats of varying sizes that can accommodate groups of all sizes for private stingray/snorkel tours, fishing charters, or combinations of fishing and snorkeling.

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825 USD
Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 26

Bioluminescence Tour

Start with a cruise over to Starfish Point for sunset and starfish viewing, then get educated on the upside-down jellyfish before going into bio bay to experience this phenomenon (swimming optional) of seeing the bioluminescence, something that only a few places in the world can offer.

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55 USD
Duration
3 hours
Group Size
1 to 60

Custom Stingray/Snorkel Charters

Magic Hook: $275/hour, 3-hr minimum (US$825) up to 10p; plus $55/p 11-15p; Plus $5/person for ground transportation

Howdy: $275/hour, 3-hr minimum (US$825) up to 10p; plus $5/person for ground transportation

Cayman Bear: $500/hour, 3-hr minimum up to 25p; plus, US$55/p for 26-38p; Plus $5/person for ground transportation.

Miss Anna/High Rider/
Capt. Jimmy/Cayman Jewel - $650/hour, 3-hr minimum up to 32p; plus $55/p for 33-50p; Plus $5/person ground transportation

Luxury Boats and Motor Catamarans:
Oh Boy - $400/hour with a three-hour minimum to 15 people plus $80/person for 16-35 people
North Sounder - $400/hour with a three-hour minimum, for up to 15 people plus $80/person for 16 to 35 people

Holiday Rate: Add $150 for 3-4 hours and $200 for 5 hours and up

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825 USD
Duration
4 hours
Group Size
6 to 8

Custom Fishing Charters

Half-day reef: 4 hours
Howdy/Magic Hook - $750 for up to 6 people fishing
Oh Boy - US$1800 for up to 8 people fishing; Add US$100 for a/c

Full-day reef: 7 Hours
Howdy/Magic Hook - $1400 for up to 6 people
Oh Boy - $1800 for up to 8 people fishing; add US$100 for a/c.

Half-day deep sea: 4 Hours
Howdy/Magic Hook - $850 for up to 6 people fishing
Oh Boy - $1100 for up to 8 people fishing; a/c available upon request (add $50/half day)

Full-day deep sea: 7 Hours
Howdy/Magic Hook - $1500 (fully rigged, with captain and mate, equipment, and bait)
Oh Boy - $2000 (as above); $2000 (as above)

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750 USD

Why choose us?

Grand Cayman Excursions With Top Guides

Captain Marvin's proudly offers one of the best fleets in the Cayman Islands. We offer first-class cabin cruisers and motor catamarans for your comfort. We provide the best boats, fishing gear, and snorkeling equipment for snorkel tours and fishing charters. Our local guides are experts in the area around Grand Cayman. You'll see the famous sites, plus a few hidden gems.

First Class Boats and Equipment

Our first-class boats, fishing gear and snorkeling equipment are all top-of-the line and kept in excellent condition to ensure a fantastic trip! Your safety is our highest priority and we take great pride in ensuring your comfort with professional equipment and well maintained boats at all times.

Outstanding Team Members

We have a team of experienced captains and crew that are ready to show you the best sights on the island! They are all knowledgeable, friendly, and very accommodating. They ensure that our guests have an unforgettable experience while they are on the island.

#1 Watersports in Grand Cayman and Hall of Fame on TripAdvisor

Top rated watersports in Grand Cayman and also highly recommended by our customers. We have been operating for over 70 years so you can be sure that we are well-established and experienced enough to provide you with the best service.

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Location

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman and the most beautiful Seven Mile Beach

Three islands form the Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, and the sister islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. While not quite seven miles long, the beach is still popular for its beautiful white sand and clear blue water teeming with marine life. A barrier reef at the northern edge of the North Sound at Grand Cayman is an excellent spot for a snorkel trip.

For such a small island, it is surprising to know that Cayman is home to over 100 different nationalities. The three islands are situated at the center of the western Caribbean Sea, surrounded by Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, and Central America. As one would expect, seafood is featured at most restaurants. You'll also find spicy dishes from Jamaica, like jerk chicken. The traditional dessert is cassava or "heavy" cake, made with grated cassava and coconut milk. The delicious cake is seasoned with vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

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. Because we do not charge you in advance, you will not need a refund if your ship cannot stop or arrives too late for you to take a tour with us. 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.

Yes, we offer group rates starting with groups of ten or more, giving you 10% off the adult fares. For groups who would like a private charter, we also have a rate sheet that we would be happy to share with you. Just look at the 'Private Charters' section of our web site.

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.

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 small head on the boat.

You may pay in cash (US$ or CI$) or by credit card at check-in; if you book online you will include your credit card information on the reservation and it will be charged when you check in with us on the day of your tour.

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 34-47 feet in length, with capacities from 20-45 people. The average number of people on a tour is 25. Our tour buses (for the Hell/Turtle Farm tour) have a capacity of 22-24 people.

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.

We require a credit card to guarantee your reservation, but it is not charged in advance.

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 24 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.

You will have about 30 minutes at each of the stops on the two-stop and three-stop tours; on the beach lunch tour you will have about 30 minutes at each stop except for the lunch stop, which is about one hour and 15 minutes.

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.

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