Grand Cayman Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
We took an excursion to Stingray City followed by some snorkeling. I absolutely loved the natural sand bar where Stingray City is and I would have been more than happy to stay there the whole day. Finally, we got to see crystal clear, blue caribbean water which we hadn't seen at any of the other 3 islands. Interacting with the wild but docile stingrays was amazing and most memorable but I immensely enjoyed just swimming in the water. Totally loved it! We then got back on the boat and were taken to another place for snorkeling where the water was less clear and much more rough. We saw hundreds of fish and while that was nice, I really wish we could have just stayed at Stingray City. If you go to Grand Cayman, you must go to Stingray City.
Over priced....Could have done the same thing for 40% less if we had booked ourselves
Got off the ship and instantly book a sting ray city/snorkeling tour and saved 30-50 pp vs ships pricing. Fantastic time.
This was booked independently with a family owned company. it was, by far, the best excursion yet. We went to Stingray City and two snorkel stops. Beautiful reef and then to coral city. Nice time, nice people. we didn't have to follow someone around with them constantly calling to the stragglers. This was time to spend in the water with beautiful fish.
We snorkeled around after going to stingray city. It was great seeing all the fish and the coral.
We were supposed to do a 2 reef snorkel but we only did one. I never heard an explanation as to why. The water was rough and many people could not snorkel. I stayed in the water and enjoyed all kinds of fish and stingrays and beautiful corals and sponges.
Cemetery Beach has a fairly nice reef just off shore and a much nicer one about 100 yards out.
GEORGETOWN, GRAND CAYMAN: We did a 2 snorkel stop and Stingray City stop booked through Captain Marvin's. It was the highlight of the cruise. Excellent snorkeling at 2 separate coral reefs. Stingray City was absolutely amazing. I could have spent hours in both locations and would book with Captain Marvin's again.
We did a non-Carnival excursion - Stingray Swim and Snorkeling. They cram you in a bus to get you to the marina. The Stingray part was pretty amazing and the staff on the boat were very knowledgeable. The Snorkeling part while we saw lots of amazing fish, the snorkeling equipment was makeshift, not enough flippers, no snorkeling life jackets, only regular life jackets used as makeshift snorkeling ones, masks were ok. We got back to the port close to "last tender" time and it was a huge long line to get onto a tender. Then for some reason disembarking the tender once we reached the ship took FOREVER!!!! At least 20 minutes.
We were first time kayakers, much harder then we thought! But was a great experience. You kayak a good distance! Snorkeling was awesome, lots of fish, the fish would swim into you!
Amazing! Beautiful fish and coral! A must do!
Beautiful waters and skilled crew made for tons of fun!!! Next time I will take my own snorkel rather than use theirs which appeared to just be dipped in a bucket of water after the last person used it.
Don's Snorkeling for Caymen shore snorkeling was great. Dean, Don and I'm sorry not to remember the young ladies name, who was wonderful also. Beautiful trip.
Very nice experience
Our group decided to book the shore snorkel experience. Half of our group had never snorkeled before and we thought this would be a good fit for all of us. The excursion was well organized where we were met at the port and escorted to a bus for the 5 minute ride to the dive spot. When we got to Don Foster's dive site we were greeted by 3 very professional instructors who informed us of what we needed to know and then suited us up. This excursion was entitled shore snorkel, but you could not walk into the water. We were instructed to get in the water by using the ladder and then put on our gear. We were in the water about an hour and a half and we saw a variety of fish and coral. The water was crystal clear! Everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed this excursion and would do it again on future trips to Grand Cayman.
great to swim with the stingrays. If you haven't it should be on your bucket list. Also great snorkeling and if you're lucky the captain may let you keep a conk shell. Great family fun.
Tiki Beach & snorkel excursion. The snorkel boat crew was good with instructions for the new snorkelers and got into the water with us BUT the waves were a tad high and I came back on board after about 10 minutes - swallowing salt water was not fun. The second half of the excursion was relaxing on Tiki Beach in the shade with a lounger and free drink. It would have been perfect if the sea was calmer during the snorkel part.
Moby dick tours are great!
Nice snorkel stops. We were in 8 - 10 feet of water. They did not require reef safe suntan lotion but should.
80 people booked the "shipwreck snorkeling" excursion. Thankfully the group was split between two boats, making the swimming experience more bearable. The two guys who facilitated the event were knowledgeable, but they took us to 2 snorkeling spots we could have swum to from shore! That's not their fault, but why would Princess book an excursion that was basically a sham? If they had advertised this experience for beginners only, we would have known we had to book an excursion with a local provider who would have taken us to "boat accessible only" locations. If we wanted a swim from shore experience, we wouldn't have had to book an excursion. Regarding the port itself, I was surprised by how run down it looked. It is very commercialized, from a Western American perspective. Prices were ridiculously high compared to it's other Caribbean counterparts. Much more for the tourist rather than the traveler.
Snorkeling was fun. The water was pretty clear, but the area we snorkeled didn't seem to have very many fish. There were several other boats with snorkels near, not sure if that made a difference.
A short bus ride from the tender docks brought us to Tiki Beach where we were issued snorkel equipment, life jackets and fins. We were able to lock our possessions in a lockbox on the beach. We kayaked 3/4 of a mile along 7 mile beach to Governor's reef where we pulled our kayaks ashore and swam out to the reef to swim with the fish. I didn't see many colorful fish although other members of my party did. After about a half-hour of snorkeling, we swam back to the beach and kayaked back to Tiki Beach where we were served complimentary rum punch (very good!) and spent about an hour lounging on the beach, chairs provided. We were returned to the tender docks by bus with about 45 minutes left for shopping in George Town.
I enjoyed the excursion. I had to stop and rest my arms occasionally while kayaking in the ocean, but I don't think this excursion requires a tremendous amount of athleticism. An elderly man in our group, who had a young girl as a kayak partner, was unable to complete the kayaking portion. The tour company delivered them to the snorkeling spot via jet ski.
We did a snorkeling tour that included a trip to the USS Kittewake, a purposely sunken US Navy rescue ship, followed by a short trip to Cheeseburger Reef near to the cruise port.
The boat was a large catamaran with plenty of room for the the 30 participants to move around comfortably. The equipment was in good shape. They played an audio history of the wreck along the way so you knew all about the ship by the time we got there. We had a lot of time at the wreck. The ship sits in about 60 ft of water and is about 15 feet form the surface at it's highest point. Although you wouldn't know it since the water is so clear. We could see groups of stingrays cruising by on the bottom and plenty of schools of fish swimming around. If you are an experienced snorkeller you can easily dive down to touch the boat or look in some windows. For beginners it is a unique experience to see a real-life intact "wreck". Cheeseburger reef is also a good snorkel in a shallow reef with plenty of fish and coral to look at. The reef is close the the port and the moored cruise ships which makes for an interesting scene above the surface as well.
We had a fun excursion in Grand Cayman. We rode a bus to the dock area, where we then took a 40 minute boat ride to the Barrier Reef. We saw many tropical fish, and even a stingray! Our guide Matthew made sure we all knew what we were doing, and kept an eye on everyone throughout. Definitely a highlight of the cruise.
This was an amazing experience. Our guides were the best. They did an absolutely, amazing job and they are good at what they do. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an excursion on their cruise or anyone heading to that Island. I would definitely do it again.
For only $75 bucks per person we did Hell, Turtle farm, Rum Cake Factory, Stingray City, and snorkeling. The Stingrays were awesome and so was the turtles. Hell and Rum Cake Factory could be missed if needed...
Grand Cayman we did the kayak and snorkeling. You are bused to Kiki beach and we kayak'd down the beach which once arriving I made decision to sit on the beach instead of swimming out to snorkel because you are swimming about 1/4 mile and you must be able to tread water and snorkel for about 45 min. I snorkeled close to the shore. My kids did snorkel and saw some interesting coral and fish. After kayaking we went to tiki beach and got our free rum punch then sat down for lunch b/c after kayaking and snorkeling the kids were hungry. Please note the prices are in grand cayman money and the US dollar is less so your bill will be higher than what you think.
Back to the main area we were able to shop some and then walk to the tender boat back to the ship.
This was by far the best tour we did during our cruise. Kat, Chip and Kevin from Cayman Eco Adventures were really easy to communicate with, reliable and made sure we get to the stingrays as quickly as possible, which meant way ahead of everyone else. Snorkeling was wonderful as well and the trip to starfish beach definitely worth it. Water and sodas were included in the price as well as transportation from the port to the yacht club and back to the port or seven mile beach if you wish.
Fantastic visit to Stingray City. Excellent snorkeling. Relatively small boat with smaller group of people made the experience very pleasant.
We enjoyed the snorkeling a lot. It was absolutely beautiful in the Caymans and we want to live there now =)
Our guides Reed and Matt were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and very professional. Reed pointed out fish and coral and was a lot of fun. Our tender was on time and professional.
Grand Cayman is a British protectorate and their national bird appears to be the construction crane. It is very modern here and everyone speaks English. Based on the British pound, the shops are more expensive here and the island itself is very affluent. We booked the shoreline snorkel dive at a very reasonable price, which was a 2.5 hour snorkel dive about a quarter mile from the cruise ships along the rocky coastline. Our driver had us at the dive spot within two minutes and we had a very calm, chill scuba instructor named Ty from B.C., Canada. The dive equipment was top notch and I was allowed to free dive with the instructor instead of use a snorkel. This suited me just fine.
The reef dive here was the 3rd best in Grand Cayman. A thriving, healthy coral reef just off the coast about 20 yards out. We saw several species of plate & brain corals, acropora, staghorn, fire coral, all colors of calcarious algaes and at least 40 species of fish. We saw tarpon, a very small black tipped shark, green parrotfish, blue parrotfish, red parrotfish, boxfish, puffers, sargent majors, damselfish by the dozens, eels, sea urchins, sea eggs, sea cows and all kinds starfish. Our guide, Ty, would dive and point out unique species of animals and bring up a few for us to handle underwater (urchins, brittle stars, etc.). This was a very relaxing dive and we got quite a variety of amazing photos while we played Jaques Cousteau for an afternoon. This was one of the best dive spots i've ever been to and as it turns out, our cheapest excursion booked through Carnival ($39 each). I hope Carnival keeps this excursion as the Dan Foster dive shop intimated that once their contract ends, Carnival doesn't plan to renew. You might have to book through Royal Caribbean or another Cruise line (or just on your own) and experience this dive for yourself.
I had been on this excursion before with same company but we went to Coral Gardens this time. Lots of fish and they gave us squid to feed the fish so we had tons of them coming up. Water was a bit rough and boat crew took extra time to help the older customers enjoy snorkeling.
We did the snorkeling Coral Garden and Stingray snorkeling tour. It as fantastic. I understand that Carnival is cancelling this tour. I don't know why, the crew and the boat and the equipment and the experience were all exceptional.
At Grand Cayman Island, we snorkeled around the USS Kittiwake and another reef with the same tour guide as part of our excursion. Although we loved our excursion, we wished it had left earlier so that we could have gone to one of the beaches afterward. We couldn't plan much else around the island because of that.
No sandy shoreline. Rocks - coral/lava. Have to jump into 8 feet of water and swim out to 50 feet to see the fish. It is billed as Cayman Shore Snorkel. We think that implies walking in from a zero depth at the shoreline to a depth you are comfortable with. Transport was late at both beginning and end of the tour and they packed us in like sardines. Couple of the jump seats were broken. We'd like a refund and 3 of the 4 did not even get into the water when they could not go in from the shore -- they were not comfortable jumping off the edge of the rocks. Bummer!
beautiful, professional and well informed. the guide took time to have a personal conversation with every guest on the boat. he took time to find a map and show us how to get to a specialty shop we asked about. the reef was a god 'first time' reef, and had lots of fish.