Scuba Diving Adventures

Stingray Interaction Trips

Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop in Grand Cayman offers 3 different choices for Stingray trips every week. Considered by all the must see and do when visiting the Cayman Islands. Kiss a Stingray and you'll have 7 years of good luck.

We consider the best way to interact with our Stingrays is by Snorkeling at the Sandbar in Grand Cayman's North Sound. You will see and interact with more Stingrays when snorkeling than diving. It is also a great activity for divers and non-divers to go on a trip together.



Photography By Elly Wray


Option 1:
'Dawn Stingray', our Signature Experience

For those who want the ultimate Stingray Experience, this is it. The choice of BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic for who they use and how they photograph the Stingrays. Chances are if you have seen the large schools of Stingrays on TV or the cover of a magazine, they were shot from out boat on our 'Dawn Stingray' trip.  A favirite with photographers and nature lovers. However you want to measure it, this is the best way to see Cayman's Stingrays with the Ocean Frontiers 'Dawn Stingray' Original:

Highlights:

  • More Stingrays per person ratio
  • Small Personal Group Size- Maximum 6
  • Avoid the Crowds and have the Sandbar to yourself for at least 1 hour
  • A full 90 minutes on the Sandbar
  • water shallow enough to stand up
  • Trip scheduled on Friday to avoid the Cruise Ship traffic
  • Photographer Friendly - Discovery, Nat Geo, BBC use Ocean Frontiers

Trip Details:

  • Max Pax = 6 Snorkelers / Crew = 1
  • Destination = Stingray Sandbar 
  • Duration = 2.5 hours (90 Minutes on the Sandbar) 
  • Check-In at Kaibo = 6:30AM
  • Return to Kaibo = 9:00AM
  • Vessel = 'Ocean Panga' (W.I.Z. Licensed) 
  • Restrictions = Min Age 8 years old / All passengers must be able to swim
  • Equipment = Mask & Snorkel Included (Fins / Footwear not permitted) 
  • Price = US$60 per person

Note: This is a Snorkel Trip, not a scuba diving trip. Although it is possible to dive with the Stingrays at the Deep Stingray City site, we recommend a snorkel trip to the Sandbar for divers and snorkelers alike. The Sandbar offers a great opportunity to interact with one of the world's largest populations of Southern Stingrays.

60.00  USD


Option 2:
Stingray Snorkel Trip on the Sandbar 9:30am + 1:30pm

We also run Stingray Snorkel Trips to the Sandbar during more civilized hours at 9:30AM and 1:30PM on Fridays. These trips are great for families or people who are diving in the morning.  Always lots of friendly Stingrays, amazing photo oportunities and memories of a lifetime.

Highlights:

  • Small Personal Group Size- Maximum 6
  • A full 60 minutes on the Sandbar
  • water shallow enough to stand up
  • Trip scheduled on Friday to avoid the Cruise Ship traffic
  • Photographer Friendly - Discovery, Nat Geo, BBC use Ocean Frontiers

Trip Details:

  • Max Pax = 6 Snorkelers / Crew = 1
  • Destination = Stingray Sandbar 
  • Duration = 2.0 hours (60 Minutes on the Sandbar) 
  • Check-In at Kaibo = 9:30AM & 1:30PM 
  • Return to Kaibo = 11:30AM & 3:30PM
  • Vessel = 'Ocean Panga' (W.I.Z. Licensed) 
  • Restrictions = Min Age 8 years old / All passengers must be able to swim
  • Equipment = Mask & Snorkel Included (Fins / Footwear not permitted) 
  • Price = US$45 per person

Friday is a good day to visit the Stingrays as it is typically the day of the week that has the least amount or no Cruise Ships in Port. Another reason Friday works for our customers is that many are flying on Saturday and a snorkel trip does not effect their flying after diving time interval requirements.

45.00  USD


Option 3:
Stingray Snorkel Private Charters

Have your very own private snorkel experience with just your family, friends and the Stingrays. If our regular Friday schedule does not fit with your vacation plans, we recommend you book a private charter for either a Dawn Stingray Snorkel Trip or our Stingray Sandbar Snorkel Trip.

Trip Details:

  • Max Pax = 6 Snorkelers / Crew = 1
  • Destination = Stingray Sandbar 
  • Duration = 2 hours OR 2.5 hours
  • Vessel = 'Ocean Panga' (W.I.Z. Licensed) 
  • Restrictions = Min Age 8 years old / All passengers must be able to swim
  • Equipment = Mask & Snorkel Included (Fins / Footwear not permitted)
  • Prices = US$300 for 2 hour regular trip / US$350 for Dawn Stingray 2.5 hour trip

Departure times and days on request and subject to availability. Private Charters can operate any day of the week, but are limited morning trips on weekends. No commercial vessels are permitted to visit the Sanbar after 2pm on weekends.


Southern Stingrays within the Wildlife Interaction Zone are protected by the Cayman Islands Marine Conservation Laws and Regulations, as follows:

"6A. (1) This regulation applies in respect of both the Sandbar Wildlife Interaction Zone and the Stingray City Wildlife Interaction Zone described in the Fourth Schedule.

(2) No person shall, within the zone –

(a) wear footwear (except while aboard a boat);

(b) remove any stingray or other marine life from the water;

(c) sell fish food from a boat;

(d) fish or take any form of marine life by any means; or

(e) feed any stingray or other marine life with food of a kind other than a kind approved by the Board.

(3) Paragraph (2)(a) does not prohibit wearing of flippers while snorkelling in water deeper than four feet."

Vessels that visit the Stingray Wildlife Interaction Zones also need to be Licensed under the law, as follows:

"9. The owner of a boat shall not permit the boat to be used as a tourist boat for the carriage of passengers to or from a wildlife interaction zone unless a licence is in force under this Part in respect of the boat."

Stingray Sandbar Location shown on Map below, marked by green line.


Additional Reading:

Stingrays & The City

Southern Stingrays:

Worldwide there are 340 species of rays, which are classified (along with their relatives sharks) as Elasmobranchs, distinguished from other fish because their skeletons are made from mainly cartilage rather than bone. The rays at the Sandbar are Southern Stingrays (Dasyatis americana). Stingrays are so called because of the barbed spine, with an associated venom gland, which they have on their tail. They use this spine to defend themselves from their main predators - sharks. This strategy is not always successful: one Great Hammerhead Shark was found with 96 indigestible Southern Stingray barbs in its stomach!

Their wide flat body is an adaptation for life on the seabed. Stingrays are masters of disguise and spend much of their time buried in the sand with only their eyes poking out. Next time you are diving at Stingray City/Sandbar search the sand carefully and you may see an imprint of where a ray has been lying, left behind rather like a snow angel. Spiracles, which are openings behind the eyes, enable stingrays to breathe when their mouths and gills are buried.

In the last few years we have learned much more about the stingrays from a new study by the Guy Harvey Research Institute. This research estimated there to be about 140 stingrays at Stingray City / Sandbar, although they are rarely all there at once. There are far fewer rays at the smaller original Stingray City, and rays do not frequently move between the two sites or mix with the island’s other stingrays. The larger stingrays in the North Sound are females and between February and September many of them are pregnant. During this time they usually stay close to the feeding sites, eating as much as possible which helps their young grow. The smaller males wander further for their meals, probably unable to compete for handouts with the larger females. The males mature when they span 1.5 feet (50cm), many of the females grow to reach 5 feet. When it is time for them to give birth the females probably swim into shallow water by the mangroves. The young are born as fully developed, miniature versions of the adults, and immediately swim off in search of their first meal.

Stingray City & Sandbar:

Known as the world best 12-foot dive and coined ‚ "Stingray City"‚ by Geri Murphy in 1987. In the last 20 years, over 10 million visitors have experienced the Cayman Islands' Stingray sites and it remains the number one attraction and a must see for all divers.

Not all stingrays are the same and there are about 200 species of stingrays in the scientific order 'Myliobatiformes'. There are up to 175 individual 'Southern Stingrays' between the Stingray City and Sandbar sites. The rays range in size from 12 inches wide to over 4 feet and 125 pounds in weight. The majority of rays are females and are notably larger in size. Southern Stingrays do not have any teeth and use suction and cartilaginous plates to extract and ingest their food. The rays can easily be hand fed by a technique similar to that of feeding a horse.

Dive and Snorkel operators interact with these stingrays in a completely wild and open environment. The rays choose to interact with divers and snorkelers and are free to leave anytime they wish. The Cayman Islands Stingrays welcome each and every visitor that comes to see them, leaving an indelible memory of their soft underbelly touch that brushes your legs as they glide by.

Stingray City is the site to dive with the stingrays that is suitable for all ages and all experience levels of diver. The Sandbar is the site that is suitable for snorkleing with the stingrays. The conditions are typically very calm due to its protected location inside the fringing reef. This is a great site to visit with the whole family and especially rewarding for underwater photographers. A boat is required to reach each site as they are located in the North Sound (shallow lagoon) about 2 miles from the shoreline. Ocean Frontiers offers trips every Friday. Our trips depart from the Kaibo Yacht Club near Rum Point.

The friendliness of our Stingrays is only matched by the friendliness and warmth of our staff.

300.00  USD


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