Best Ways to Get to Stingray City

by Toni Keesee

The Stingray City Sandbar is the number one attraction in the Cayman Islands, and for great reason. It’s a magical experience, awesome for kids and adults alike. Getting up close and personal with huge Southern Stingrays is a once in a lifetime experience. Some say a stingray kiss is worth 7 years of good luck! If you’re not up for the kiss, simply enjoy them swimming around you. Stand in the shallow waters and drink up all the wonder.

There are a LOT of options when it comes to getting to the Stingray City Sandbar. We’ve laid out some of the highest recommended tours and charters below.

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Stingray City by Boat

The most popular way to get to Cayman’s #1 Attraction is by boat. While every excursion has its unique flair, there are two main types to choose between: a group tour or a private tour. Of course on a group tour you share your vessel with others and the price tends to be more economical. On private tours (referred to as charters) you get an entire boat and captain/crew to your group, so the experiences are much more personal.

Group Tours

Captain Marvin’s  |  Visit Website

  • Tours Available: 2 Stop Stingray/Snorkel; 3 Stop Stingray/Snorkel; Beach Lunch Stingray/Snorkel; Stingray, Starfish & Caves; Stingray, Starfish & Snorkeling
  • Price: Adults range from CI$45-$90, Kids $35-$75 (free under 3, own floating device required)
  • Departure: They offer complimentary pickup at Christopher Columbus Condos.
  • Special Flair: The lunch tour includes Cayman Style Fish (other options too). Unique additions to excursions (like Crystal Caves on the Stingray, Starfish & Caves tour) make for an attractive package. Known as the founder and first tour operator of Stingray City tours.

Red Sail Sports | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: Breakfast with the Rays; Stingray Sandbar & Reef; Stingrays and Sunset
  • Price: Adults range from CI$95-$110, Kids $47.50-$55
  • Departure: Leave from Savehaven Marina (SMB area)
  • Special Flair: They are well known for their elegant catamaran sailboats. There’s also a cash bar on board.

George’s Watersports | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: 4 Stop Stingray Eco Tour (includes Stingray City Sandbar, Snorkeling at Barrier Reef, Starfish Point, Mangrove Forest)
  • Price: Adults approximately CI$105, Kids CI$83
  • Departure: Cayman Islands Yacht Club (Dock B)
  • Special Flair: They keep their groups small for a more personal tour. The stop at the mangroves on this tour is unique.

Private Tours (Charters)

Ray Days Charters | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: Day Tours & Sunset Tours ranging from 4-7+ hours (for Stingray City & additional tailored stops)
  • Capacity: Up to 8 guests
  • Price: US$580 for 4 hours, US$850 for 7 hours
  • Departure: Camana Bay (or Cayman Islands Yacht Club)

Cayman Snorkel Co. | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: Customize your itinerary on 2, 3, 5 & 7 stop tour options (suggested stop options include Stingray City, a coral reef snorkel, Starfish point, “off the beaten path” snorkel options, lunch/drink stops, sunken ships & wrecks, mangroves)
  • Capacity: Up to 10 guests or 12 guests depending on boat selection
  • Price: US$750-$1650 depending on boat and tour length selected
  • Departure: Complimentary pickup at Christopher Columbus Condos for up to 7 guests. Charters depart from Cayman Islands Yacht Club.
  • Special Flair: Great with kids as they run snorkeling camps and have lots of experience with kiddos. They offer many stop options and tubing as an add-on activity. Additionally they offer trolling and reef fishing for those interested.

Ezona’s Aquatic Charters | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: Fully customizable (sites, snorkeling, fishing, lunch stops)
  • Capacity: Up to 25 people
  • Price: Call for pricing (Local 345-943-9662, US 708-616-5717)
  • Departure: Cayman Islands Yacht Club, (Dock C)
  • Special Flair: Specialized in helping the disabled and focuses on kids. Ezona says her job is putting smiles on peoples faces.

AQUA Watersports Cayman | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: Half & Full Day Tours
  • Capacity: Up to 12 guests (prices are for up to 8 guests, $50 for each additional guest)
  • Price: US$1400-$2200 depending on tour and season
  • Departure: Barcadere Marina in George Town
  • Special Flair: Free use of a jet ski (weather and dock permitting) & sea scooter.

MainStay Sailing | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: Half Day & Full Day fully customizable
  • Capacity: Up to 15+ guests
  • Price: US$1600-$3200 depending on boat selection for the Half Day and Full Day tours
  • Departure: Details coming soon.
  • Special Flair: These are big boats, great for large groups (45′ and 47′ catamarans)!

George’s Watersports | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: 4-stop Tour (includes Stingray City, Snorkeling at Barrier Reef, Starfish Point and the Mangrove Forest)
  • Capacity: Up to 10 guests or 15 guests depending on boat selection
  • Price: US$1350-$2250
  • Departure: Cayman Islands Yacht Club (Dock B)
  • Special Flair:  Their large boat is a 46′ catamaran!

Double Trouble Charters | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: Half Day, Full Day and Party Trips (all customizable)
  • Capacity: Up to 20 guests
  • Price: $850-$1300
  • Departure: Cayman Islands Yacht Club

Stingray City by Jet Ski

AQUA Watersports Cayman | Visit Website

  • Tours Available: Classic Tour (3 hours & includes Stingray City, Starfish Point & Kaibo)
  • Jet Ski Options: Single Rider or Double Riders available
  • Price: US$200-$370
  • Departure: George Town Yacht Club
  • Special Flair: Professional guides trained by the Royal Yachting Association.