Grand Turk Stingray Swim Excursion Reviews
Here we did the Reef and Rays tour. It was a boat ride to a remote reef location to snorkel. The views were nice, but unfortunately the sea was rough which made snorkeling difficult for us beginners. After a few mouthfuls of salt water it was time to get back on the boat. They did offer water and fruit punch onboard. From here we went to a remote island and got to see/hold sting rays. Then back onto the boat and they dropped us off back at the same dock as the cruise ships. This was a nice relaxing tour. We had lunch at Margaritaville which was ridiculously overpriced. Over $50 for nachos and two margaritas! We spent the rest of the time on the beach which is part of the cruise center. It is a nice beach with some mild waves.
What a fun time to hold a stingray.
We finally found where we had t turn in our tickets for bracelets. (it should state those directions on the ticket). We boarded the boat with my elderly Mom, 83, who has Alzheimer's for our Gibbs Cay stingray and snorkel excursion. 1/2 way there a couple of the guides jumped into the water to search for conch. When we got to the small island we were able to go into the water up to our waist and have a stingray interlude. It was awesome and we got to kiss them and have the guide put the wild stingrays on our backs. You could use your own camera for pics which I appreciated and they also took pics that you could purchase on a disc. Those who were also doing the snorkel part (Mom and DH stayed at the small beach watching the stingrays) went on a very long snorkel through the brilliant water and saw other fish and sea creatures. It was a bit exhausting for me because the current was strong but the guides were there with a couple of safety rings which I had to utilize a few times as my blood sugar was dropping. We were out there for probably 45 minutes and then we got back to our boat and back to port. It was a great experience for my Mom and she was beaming in all of the pictures of her with the stingrays. The whole port area is beautiful and clean. The jewelry stores are outrageous. I am so glad I got to see this island as it is just beautiful!
The Stingray Swim at Gibbs Cay was wonderful. There were many stingrays. The guides helped you with the stingrays. They held them while you touched and took photos. They also took photos for $10 each. You pay at the port ( cash only) and they email them in about 2-3 days. If you think you might want the photos make sure you get off the boat first and get immediately in line. You have to view the photos on a laptop and they only had three. Kelvin the Captain was amaizing.
This stingray swim was disappointing. We saw two stingrays while we were in the water and saw a third swimming around as we were leaving the area. We also spent a little time on the guided snorkel tour. Although we did see a few lobster in the coral, there was not much else to see. For those who like to eat Conch, they did provide fresh Conch. One of the guides dove down to the bottom and brought back two Conch. They then showed us how to get the Conch out of the shell and let those who wanted to taste them, taste the fresh Conch. That was the only interesting part of the trip. I would not suggest this trip.
This was a Perfect ending to the Ports. This Port is Beautiful and so relaxing. We did the Stingray Swim and they were very nice and very educational . We got to take pictures underwater with them , and my kids did the Snorkeling as I went Seashell hunting and found 2 HUGE (empty) Conch shells that I took back with us. Beautiful Beach. went back to the Port and went and relaxed at Margaretville and went swimming. I would go there and stay for a week, to just relax...
Great staff. Amazing creatures. Snorkeling was fun. Would definitely do again. Well worth the price.