Grand Cayman Submarine Tour Excursion Reviews
My daughter and I really wanted to do a beginning scuba tour since most of the scuba requires you to already be certified but this tour does not. The night prior, after my son and wife had booked a different excursion, we received word our tour had be cancelled, supposibly due tothe water being to cloudy. LAter, once my daughter and I had already headed into town on our own, my wife and son found out the submarine portion of their tour had also been cancelled. While they did the rest of the tour (and received a partial credit) my daughter and I spent the day snorking. They have a bus service that is at odds with the taxis here. The buses charge $2.50 (or $1 cayman) to ride almost anywhere and the taxis wanted like $12 forthe same ride. The buses look just like thet axis but have a name on the windsheild (lizzie, Lenny? something like that) Anyway, take the bus! WE did all thes ame things my wife and son did but we spent as much time as wew anted and then went snorkling too. If you are going for snorkling, go to Cemetary beach. All the busses know where it is, and there is a pick up spot for you to wait for a bus back. Once on the beach, to get to the reef you have to swim out a bit but it is amazing! Tons of corals, fish and a big reef. Even though the water was "too murky" for the tours, we had no problems seeing 20+ feet down in the clear ocean waters. If you are going to go here, stop for some drinks or snacks to bring with you, have snorkle gear from home (there are places to rent it, but not here. And it is very expensive to buy at any port) and of course, bring your own towel since this is a public beach, not a tourist excursion. This is a great port to skip the tour, ride the bus and "wing it". Everyone in Grand Cayman gets taught English in school and there are many ex-pats here so there are no language issues and the simple island layout lends itself to tourists. If you are going to rent a car (and I have no idea why you would) remember, they drive on the other side of the road there.
As side note, this is a "tender" port and if there was one thing to complain about, it would be how poorly Carnival handled debarktation here. A little tip, go all the way to the forward elevator, go down to A and get into line from there, the other line was up many decks with no one controlling the line.
We were taken to see dead reefs with no color. The turtle farm is the best thing on the island to do and once you have been there then there is nothing you want to see. The shops pricings were ridiculous! Don't care to go back there either.
The tender service was excellent and the submarine tour left from less than 500 feet the tender dock.
The submarine was great and provided wonderful under water views of the reef.
The shopping was good and we never felt put upon like Jamaica.
Tour personnel were very knowledgeable, and even had a diver feeding the fish so we could see them up close.