Breakfast Sail to Stingray City
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Stingray City is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Chalk that up to the shallow crystal-clear water, baby-soft white sand bottom, calm setting, and abundant throngs of friendly Dasyatis Americana waiting to greet you. Trouble is, similarly abundant throngs of visitors build up quickly each day, interfering with the whole me-and-my-personal-stingrays moment.
But there is a fix: Come out with us on an early morning catamaran sail to catch the show before everyone else. Sure, it means getting out of bed early, but 1) you get a nice continental breakfast aboard a cool boat; 2) you get to watch the sea wake up; and 3) you get the rays more or less to yourself.
And don't worry, they'll be there. These docile Southern stingrays are wild, but spoiled in the worst way. The tasty squid and other treats we feed them during our visits may have something to do with that. Your experienced crew will show you how to pet, interact with, even feed them – and they'll take photos so you can remember this really happened once you fully wake up.
After your ray play session, we'll head to a nearby coral reef to see what the polyps are up to (yes, it's a gross name but that's what the tiny invertebrates that make up reefs are called). Chances are, they're hosting their own colorful gathering. Jump in with a snorkel to see who's attending – wrasse and gobies and parrotfish and angelfish are among the regulars.
Then we'll hoist the sails and let the Cayman wind carry us back to the dock. Along the way, you may want to visit the onboard cash bar – and toast having rallied for this adventure.
Your new motto: The early bird may get the worm, but the early sailor gets the rays.
When they're not flying through the water to astound us, Cayman's stingrays spend much of their time half-buried in the sand. Their eyes are up top, but their really important parts are down under their belly: mouth, nostrils, gills, and the electrical sensors they use to locate potential prey (which, happily, we aren't). Females are about twice as large as males, attaining a wingspan of up to 5 feet. Their mating rituals involve nibbling. Somehow.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.