The more popular Sand Bar is located about 5 miles offshore within the North Sound, or 2 miles from Rum Point on the other side of Cayman. It sits just inside the coral reef, meaning it is protected from the large waves that break on the reef before reaching Stingray City.
If you’re on one of the larger tour boats used for cruise ship excursions, it will take about 45 – 60 minutes to reach Stingray City Sand Bar or about 20 minutes if you take one of the faster private charter boats.
Stingrays began gathering in the area decades ago when fisherman returning home would clean their fish in the calm waters of the shallows and sandbar area. The fish guts were thrown overboard and the stingrays began to congregate to feast there. Soon the stingrays associated the sound of a boat engine with food. With time, divers began to realize that the stingrays could be fed by hand. With the introduction of tourism on the island, boat captains began taking visitors out to this remarkable location.
Stingray City Tours can be done two ways, in a mixed group tour or by private boat charter. The mixed group tour is the cheaper option, where you can expect to be on a boat with 20 – 40 other people and spend 45+ minutes getting there. This type of tour is what you can expect when purchasing through your cruise ship or a tour operator that offers a per person price.
The alternative is to go by private charter, which is more expensive but is a very different experience. The boats are usually much faster and take about 20 minutes to get to Stingray City, meaning more time doing activities rather than travel time. The crew are also able to give you a personalized experience and spend time teaching you about the island and it’s fascinating ecosystem. The third advantage is that you are able to tailor your charter to your exact needs, allowing you to pick and choose the activities that interest you most.
Our Sea Ray is a perfect all-round boat for any family wanting to explore the best of what Grand Cayman has to offer. There is a toilet onboard along with a swim platform & ladder, making it easy to get back on board. The Bimini Top offers protection from the sun & rain and the extra seating in the bow gives plenty of space to move about and relax while you let the wind blow through your hair as we glide through the crystal clear waters of Grand Cayman.
Adventura Cayman has a 48 hour cancellation policy. Cancellation within 48 hours of your trip will result in forfeit of 25% of the trip cost.