Tour guide was waiting for us when we got off the tender. Nice catamaran. Visited two snorkeling sites-one with stingrays; saw lots of fish and coral. We took our own masks and snorkels, but used their fins. Very enjoyable day. We, and our equipment, were rinsed when returning to the boat after the last snorkel. Very pleasant trip.
If you go to Grand Cayman with kids, book this excursion! We booked directly through Captain Marvin's Watersports. They were fantastic and the excursion was even better than advertised. (I thought we would have 1 snorkel stop, but there were 2, in addition to the Stingray City stop.) Communication prior to the excursion and payment the day of the excursion were both effective and painless. Lastly, my wife left her sunglasses in the bathroom by the boat departure port and didn't realize it until we arrived back into the city. Anna and several drivers communicated by radio to find that another client had picked them up and taken them to her hotel, looking for the original owner. The drivers coordinated through Anna to get the glasses back to my wife within 30 minutes. They weren't an exceptionally valuable pair of sunglasses, but the employees went the extra mile to help us out. They were fantastic!
Don Foster’s Dive Cayman, Georgetown, Grand Cayman
We booked this tour before we left Canada for our cruise. We were met promptly at our designated time and walked a short way to the dive boat. We were taken to two dive/snorkelling sites a short boat ride away. It was a beautiful day, the water was warm and the fish on the reef were abundant. Our guides, Jonathan, Daphne, and Lauren, provided great instructions, with some humour thrown in, and joined us in the water as safety monitors. All the snorkelling equipment was in very good shape. This would be a fun trip for all ages and we recommend.
Very exciting to get up close and personal with stingrays. The guide made sure we all had an opportunity with it. The place was very crowded, but the guide said we were the only boat in that day whereas they sometimes have 6 to 7! I was imagining flocks of stingrays swimming around me, that is not the reality. I would see 1 here or there and the guide had to go looking for one to show us. Still a good experience nonetheless. Don't go if it will make you sad to see a wild stingray man-handled.
Although our check in was 9:30, we didn't get in the bus until 10 to go to the boat. The boat felt a bit crowded with over 40 people. Tour guides were friendly and made sure everyone felt safe. Snorkeling was decent at the reef and excellent at Coral Gardens. Next time I would book snorkel only and have more time or more stops.
It was a good excursion. Two stops with good to great snorkeling. I love the water in Grand Cayman. The vendor was Red Sail Sports. The catamaran was relatively new and in excellent shape. The crew was awesome and a cash bar was available post snorkeling with mixed drinks and local brews. Overall outstanding time.
Sanitary conditions of gear poor, 3 members of my family got sick from using the equipment. The actual adventure of snorkeling was fun, saw a stingray, swordfish, and several other colorful and fun fish.
Did the Shipwreck and Reef tour -- not bad but a bit crowded. The operators (Cayman Diving) were attentive and professional, and the Kittiwake wreck really was a cool place to snorkel. Would book independently next time, though....hated the lines.
I enjoyed the snorkeling, but didn't expect to be so close to the ship. I did see fish, and a sting ray, and my face mask fit well. I was reassured that the mouth piece was sanitized properly (that was something that almost kept me from the event).
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