Emerson and Cira were fabulous and catered to us during our entire trip with them. Emerson actively looked for opportunities for the group to see cool things beyond what had been planned out. […] This experience was exceptional and highly recommend! Read more
Half-Day Tour to Stingray City, Snorkeling, Starfish Point, & Mangrove Trees
See the Best of Grand Cayman’s Wildlife
Two Snorkeling Stops
Check out Grand Cayman’s flora and fauna in our private 4-hour charter. We’ll take you to our favorite snorkeling spots, introduce you to the island’s stingrays and starfish, and teach you all about mangrove trees.
What’s In Store?
Enjoy swimming with stingrays at Stingray City, where shallow water makes it easy to hold (and even kiss!) these gentle animals.
Stop at two of our favorite snorkeling spots -- Coral Garden and another secret location.
Meet sea stars at Starfish Point, and hold them for photographs!
Check out the seaside mangrove trees with their long, tentacled roots.
Click the tabs to find out more
Overview of Your Charter
Price Per Charter
9:00am or 1:30pm
Yacht Drive, Cayman Island Yacht Club, Dock D1
Every day, year round (weather permitting)
Note: We recommend reserving early during busy season, Christmas, New Year, and Spring Break.
Maximum Group Size
- Food for feeding the stingrays
- Snorkeling gear
- Life vests
- Bottle of water
- Transportation (if needed)
What To Bring
- Snorkeling gear (if you have your own that you’d like to use)
- Sunscreen (please put it on before you get in the boat)
- Any snacks or drinks you’d like to have
Tubing ($50 per charter)
You will be accompanied by a captain and first mate.
Check Out the Marvels on Land and at Sea
This Grand Cayman private charter is a snorkeling tour, stingray excursion, and starfish experience all in one! With the added bonus of tropical mangrove trees, this tour makes the most of your four hours with us. Check out the stops below by clicking the headlines!
Stingray City lies between Morgan Harbor and Rum Point in North Sound off the northern coast of Grand Cayman. It is situated on a sandbar where the water is only 3 to 5 feet deep, providing visitors an opportunity to interact with South Caribbean stingrays.
These clever creatures started congregating in the area decades ago when fishermen returning from their fishing expeditions would toss the leftovers overboard. The stingrays began to associate the sound of incoming boat motors with food, and thus, Stingray City was born!
At Stingray City, you can feed the stingrays by hand, hold them, and even kiss them for good luck! We’ll teach you how to interact with these gentle creatures in a safe and respectful manner, so all you need to worry about is having fun.
Located about 5 to 7 minutes by boat from Stingray City, the Coral Garden is an enclave about 300 square yards in size. With depths varying from 6 to 10 feet, it’s the perfect spot for snorkeling in the warm Caribbean Sea.
Here you can find many different species of fish darting in and out of reefs and swimming among the colorful coral. Some of the marine life that call this area home include yellowtail, parrotfish, angelfish, sergeant majors, blue tangs, grunts, stingrays, and lobsters. These animals are used to the presence of humans and do not fear snorkelers, allowing you to experience them up close.
We will also stop at another of our favorite snorkeling spots known only to locals. Where is it? You’ll have to join us for a tour to find out!
Starfish Point is a beautiful beach located about 10 minutes from Stingray City. It gets its name from the colorful starfish (or sea stars) that thrive in its waters.
Get ready for a hands-on experience! Though commonly called “fish”, sea stars are actually echinoderms, a type of invertebrate. Because of this, their surface feels very hard and spiny — a feeling you will discover for yourself when you hold them (underwater)! Starfish Point is another one of Grand Cayman’s natural marvels that both adults and children alike are sure to love.
Mangroves are a type of tree capable of living in salt water, and they can only be found along tropical coastlines. Their intricate root adaptations called “pro roots” look a lot like tentacles, giving them a marine feeling that matches the Caribbean atmosphere. Their striking roots are submerged in the water while the rest of the tree remains above the water line. Oftentimes, the roots themselves are amazing to look at while snorkeling — entire communities of sponges, small crabs, and other incredible creatures make these roots their homes!
While most plants need naturally occurring fresh water to live, mangroves make it themselves through desalination. This means that the trees use a process called reverse osmosis, where they take in salt water and filter out the salt, leaving them with fresh water.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I customize my tour?
Absolutely. Each of our boat charters are private and completely customizable, meaning that you can spend as little or as much time in each spot as you wish.
Is it safe to swim with the stingrays?
Yes! We will train you on the do’s and don’ts of interacting with the stingrays to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time.
Can you pick me up from my accommodation?
We offer pick-ups for up to seven people in Seven Mile Beach, George Town, and West Bay. If your hotel or condo is located in any of these areas, we will be happy to transport you!
I came by cruise ship. Can you pick me up in port?
Sure thing! There is a Hard Rock Cafe only a few minutes walk from the cruise terminal, and we will meet you there. To get to this meeting point, come out of the cruise terminal and turn right at the sidewalk. The Hard Rock Cafe will then be on the waterfront on your left. Please keep in mind that we can only transport up to seven passengers.
We had a great time. This was very reasonably priced and well worth it. We did a half day 9-1 trip and had a blast. Great guides, very helpful, courteous, and we enjoyed our time. This was the best part of our whole trip. Read more
Cira was wonderful with our two small children, watching them while we snorkled, taking pictures of our family and giving us extra time showing us beautiful homes along the shoreline. Capt. Emerson was a delight and very knowledgable about sea life. […] Overall, we were extremely happy we went with a private charter rather than a group tour. If you have children, this is definitely the way to go as you are on your own schedule. Read more