Our guide, Leo, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. After the tour, we went to Tiki Beach and enjoyed some beach time and lunch. If there is any downside, we weren't able to purchase or consume any alcohol due to it being an Election Day. Island law, but no biggie. Grand Cayman is beautiful.
This was a multipart excursion. First the tour took us to the development of Camana Bay for about 30-40 minutes which, while being beautiful stop on the tour, often seemed like it was inserted into the tour as worshipful love letter to the Cayman Islands' favorite tax dodgers the Dart family who are the owners/developers of the project; then on to Hell which is a tourist trap but by golly it's the Caymans' tourist trap -- very quick stop, 10 minutes, but it only takes about 1 minute to get the idea of Hell. Next, a nice 2 or 3 hour stop at the Tiki Beach resort on Seven Mile Beach - included in our excursion price was a ticket for a lounge chair & a cup of rum punch. For those wishing to buy more drinks at the bar, be aware that a very basic drink will run you $14 each. The beach was nice, water beautiful and warm, but it is at the rocky end of things -- no nice sandy bottom here. Finally the last stop on the excursion was a trip to the Tortuga Rum Cake factory, where it's almost impossible to NOT buy rum or rum cake or rum anything, because it's quite good - and they will get your rum onto the ship for you, so it's one less thing to carry as you take the tender back to the ship.
Great 5 hours, touring Hell, Tortuga Rum factory (not much there, just a gift shop), the blow holes in the rugged coastline (a good photo stop) and the pirate ship remains. The highlight was Rum Point, an idyllic and tranquil small bay, beautiful clear water and powdery sand - just perfect! Nice little cafe, free wifi, all lovely - wanted to stay longer!
We picked up a tour from an operator at the dockside. A fun, informative tour of the island with stops in Hell, Rum Factory (tourist trap) and dolphin center (free wifi --- yay!). Got our money's worth a nice way to spend a few hours off the ship
The semi-sub tour was fascinating and well narrated. The oceanview was clear and we could see fish and sunken boats. The turtle farm is just that, pools of different sized turtles to view and small ones to pick up and hold. The rum factory was small, but they do deliver your purchases to the ship for you. The trip to Hell was quick...just to say you have been there and back.
We did "Taste of Cayman" that included a brewery, Whisky distillery and run cake factory but the brewery was closed so we went to Hell instead. We were perfectly ok with this change but they still refunded 25% of the cost! We also walked around the Port city on our own. We were told its one of the safest places you can visit in the world.
Booked through Viator, originally supposed to do stingrays w/2 snorkel stops, but rough seas, given option to do Island tour, which was pretty good. Driver/Tour guide very good, personable, informative. Went to Hell. Best place was Turtle Farm, got to hold them, very cool. Supposed to get difference in price refunded, haven't seen it yet.
We took an off the ship tour in Grand Caymen that we found outside the gate while on our way to catch the public bus. The cost was $20.00 a person and included the turtle farm (additional cost of $11.00 per person) Hell and the rum store. Our travel group includes a wide variety of ages from 14- 83 and it was 2 hours enjoyed by all. There were approximately a total of 15 that toured with us on the bus. The turtle farm was very clean, and it was something that we all enjoyed. We sent postcards from Hell. You had the option to be let off at the beach, we had not planned for that- UNFORTUNATELY! The cost was $2.00 per person to enter and our tour guide “Tessa” would come back for you in 2 hours. After our tour, we stopped at a bar and had a bucket of beer and some other drinks while watching local fisherman. My husband took the teen girls shopping while I went back to the boat and soaked up some peace and quiet in the sun on the empty boat.
Our van driver Gary gave us a quick tour to the rum factory, Camana Bay (the new resort town on Grand Cayman), the Governor's mansion and to Hell. He was very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed our brief tour which gave us a good overview of the island. It lasted about an hour. He then dropped us off at Tiki Beach for two hours. The water here is not the best for swimming since there is a coral reef just off the shore. There are much better places along seven mile beach for swimming. Nonetheless we enjoyed our time lounging in the water enjoying a couple of beverages which we purchased at the bar. A free small rum punch drink was also included as well as the use of a lounge chair.
I enjoyed the visit to the Botanical Gardens, though maneuvering with the walker was a bit awkward. Then we went to the Pedro St. John House. Because I had to find a way to get around, I missed a lot of what the guide said in his description of the park and house. I also was unable to go to the 2nd floor with the tour group.
Tour took us by the Governor's House, "Hell", Rum Cake Factory, Dolphin Discovery/Adventure and Seven Mile Beach. Stops were way too short to do anything. Mostly just to try and give those places business.
The bus took us around island. The bus had pull down middle seats which were used. I got a seat with a wheel well. Very painful trip. The beach was beautiful,and the tour itself was informative and thorough.
Since we didn't have much time at port in Grand Cayman, we just did a local island tour. The tour guide was good and very informative. He took us to the Tortuga Rum Factory, the Observation tower, Turtle Farm / Dolphin watch, Hell and then to the 7-mile beach. While we did gain lots of knowledge, in hindsight, we could have saved time by taking cabs to some of the places we were really interested in and spent more time at the beach.
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