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by Peter & Maggie
Providence, Rhode Island
September 7, 2004
From journal Pete's & Maggie's adventure in the Cayman Island for two weeks!!!!!!!!
July 27, 2004
From journal Carnival Cruise
Quogue, New York
March 29, 2004
In the end, we decided to go ashore and attempt to purchase a tour that included Sting Ray City, a separate snorkeling stop, and also some time at Seven Mile Beach. We wanted to do it all. For $35 per person, we were taken to the Yacht Club, where we boarded a boat with 20 or so passengers for the half-hour ride to Sting Ray City. Oh no! There are two "party boats" each with a hundred passengers, but one is about to leave -- thank goodness! We don our snorkeling gear (life jackets are available for those who doubt their swimming skills) and two guides enter the water with us. They have a small igloo filled with squid. They are very helpful in assisting everyone get to the sandbar and making them feel comfortable.
The sandbar is about two to three feet deep and about 50 yards wide and very long. About six boats are anchored in the area. Everyone is spread about and it really doesn't feel especially crowded. The rays look like big rocks, but they are moving about. The guide picks up a ray and lets us pet him (slimy on the bottom and scratchy on top). He shows us his stinger (near his long tail) and his mouth (on the underside). We snorkel and swim for a while with 20 rays of various sizes.
Soon it is feeding time. Oh my! Here they come, 40 to 60 of them -- everywhere you look, there are rays swimming around and bumping into you. I'm laughing, I'm screaming, but not really afraid, just excited and sometimes startled. It was so so exciting. We're given a chance to hand feed them. I drop the first piece of squid and try again. This time I'm braver. He sucks it right out of my palm. I am even able to hold a ray on my outstretched arms for about a minute and we are face to face. He's almost as big as I am and heavy, even with the buoyancy of the water.
I must say that never ever had I anticipated my reaction. It was so much fun. We will do it again and recommend it for all ages.
From journal Cruising on the Costa Mediterranea
January 13, 2004
We stayed at the Morritt's Tortuga, so had to drive to ???? Point on the other end of the island, better location for jet skis and free dives from beach as well as taking everyone to the stingray/eel petting zoo.
The stingray's belly feels as soft as butter, the top of them feels coarse like sandpaper.
From journal Honeymoon Grand Cayman
Brooklyn, New York
January 3, 2004
I've always wanted to snorkel with stingrays and I finally got my chance. You are given all of the needed equipment and directed to a fenced off section of the beach with a deck and staircase leading into the private lagoon. For most of the time, you are snorkeling at your leisure starting in shallow water which drops eventually to approximately 20 feet. While snorkeling you can encounter stingrays of all sizes and mostly all have had their stingers removed. They are not particularly gregarious enough to come up to you, but if you are patient, you can touch one. You can also utilize the rest of the beach facilities during the day.
The real highlight comes at feeding time, which makes all the people who didn't pay for the additional charges jealous as they can't get into the stingray area to feed them! We got to line up in two rows to form a makeshift alley. We were then given fresh squid to hold in our hands, under the water to let the stingrays glide over and literally suck up the food. Knowing that it was feeding time, all of the stingrays paraded throught the formed alley and proceeded to feed. While it was a little scary, it was real fun!
From journal Exotic Caribbean Cruise
August 5, 2003
We had a great time at Sting Ray City. Yes, there are tourists there, yes, it is right smack in the middle of Grand Caymans most beaten path, but it truly is a lot of fun. Well worth the time and the money. The kids on the boat had a great time too.
From journal Scuba Anniversary in Grand Cayman