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Snorkel with Stingrays at Stingray City in Grand Cayman

April 15, 2013 by

Stingray City

On the way to Stingray City.

If you’re heading to Grand Cayman for vacation, don’t miss the opportunity to snorkel with stingrays at Stingray City. This unique destination offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch and feed stingrays while snorkeling amid stunning coral reefs and bright tropical fish, and you don’t even need to know how to swim.

Stingray City

Stingray City in Grand Cayman

Stingray City offers a matchless opportunity for nature lovers to have fun in the sun as they get into the water with prehistoric-looking stingrays drifting around their feet.

This is not a man-made enclosure with captured stingrays. Instead, these are wild stingrays in their natural environment – in the ocean. The stingrays are free to come and go as they please, but they choose to hang out in hopes people will come feed them.

Stingray City Tours

A variety of Stingray City tours are available. Guides provide stingray food like cut up pieces of squid and will hand you a piece or two at a time to feed the stingrays. Rays hunt for food by smell. You just hold the food flat in the palm of your hand and the ray swoops in and vacuums the bit of fish from your palm.

If you feel a little jumpy about feeding stingrays, you can always elect to move away from the group and watch from a distance until you muster the courage to feed them yourself.

Along with feeding the rays, a Stingray City tour often includes a stop at the world-famous coral reefs of Grand Cayman where you can swim with colorful tropical fish amid vibrant coral reefs.

Professional crews are friendly and there to assist you. Boats are equipped with bathrooms and provide shade if you want to get out of the sun for awhile.

Stingray City

Precautions to Take

Thousands of visitors have taken advantage of the opportunity to swim with and feed the rays. Divers and snorkelers should wear a “skin” or a light-grade wet suit to protect from stingray hickies.

Stingrays feed by sucking food into their mouths between two hard dental plates, and they can get confused since they don’t feed by sight. They just suck as they approach the food source, and on this adventure, that’s you! Dress with this in mind and watch your fingers!

A second precaution is for the safety of the stingrays. Don’t wear dive gloves because the fabric of these gloves can actually strip layers of protective mucus from the stingray’s skin.

The last word of caution for visitors to Stingray City is a reminder that the stingrays are wild animals. People should not pull on their tails or attempt to ride them. While they are not aggressive animals, they are capable of inflicting harm with the stinger on their tail.

Photo credits: kthypryn, kthypryn, KatieThebeau



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  1. Stingray City is very beautiful place, it is around 40 minute journey across the blue water you can imagine and the reggae tunes on board rounded out the perfect Caribbean scene. 7 Seas Cayman is best facilities packages for couple & family tours. For mor information just visit : http://www.7seascayman.com


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