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Private Boat Charters in the Cayman Islands

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Hang out with our friendly Starfish

Starfish Point in Cayman IslandRightfully named after the brightly colored Pincushion Starfish that resides at this secluded beach. Starfish Point is quiet, relaxing stop and provides the perfect place to crack open the cooler, grab a few beers and get a private BBQ going!

Starfish Point

Starfish Point Tours - Grand Cayman Boat ChartersAround the corner from Rum Point and a few minutes from Stingray City in Grand Cayman, you will find a secluded beach paradise that is home to one of the most exotic sea creatures: the starfish. This quiet, relaxing stop is a perfect time to crack open the cooler, grab a few beers and get the private BBQ going! With a little help from our brightly colored friends, the calm waters here also make it an ideal spot for our photographer to capture those perfect holiday portrait shots for you to share back home. Since the starfish hang out in shallow water this is a perfect spot for both non-swimmers and children to enjoy wading through the waters.

About the Starfish at Starfish Point

Starfish Point - Grand Cayman Boat ChartersThe Red Cushion Starfish (oleaster reticulates) is the most common sea star you will find along the white sand beaches at Starfish Point. Their colors vary from intense shades of red, orange and yellow to warm hues of brown and green. The sea star can grow up to 20 inches in diameter, making it one of the largest starfish found in the Caribbean!

A Red Cushion Starfish eats by regurgitating its entire stomach to engulf the sediment mix of food. This all happens in slow motion but eventually obliterating gardens of sea grass and even small muscles! They help improve environmental balance in the ocean as their refuse makes great fertilizer for sea grass, plankton and other plant based life forms.

Typically, they have five arms, but occasionally you will see some that have four, six or even seven arms if you?re lucky! At the end of each arm they have tiny light sensors to help them navigate around the ocean floor. These magical creatures are able to regrow lost arms and in some cases the lost arm can even grow into a whole new starfish!

How to Handle Starfish

Starfish Point - Grand Cayman Boat ChartersBefore visiting Starfish Point our guides will teach you how to properly handle these truly remarkable creatures. The number one thing to know when visiting Starfish Point is: do NOT take the starfish out of the water! Starfish need water to breathe and eat, so taking them out of the water can be devastating to their metabolic systems. You can easily admire and take pictures of the starfish through the crystal clear, shallow waters. Also, it?s worth knowing that removing starfish from the water is illegal and can result in a hefty fine.

Unfortunately, over the years, the starfish population has been declining due to souvenir hunting. It is the responsibility of Cayman?s tour operators to protect and conserve these marvelous sea stars. When entering the natural habitat of any wild animal it is our obligation to be mindful and treat them with respect.

Adventures


Simon Mark
Simon Mark
14:29 12 Feb 20
5 STARS!Great time out on the water! We loved everything about the day! We saw so many neat things at the two snorkel spots, even stingrays and an eel! Lots of beautiful fish. We felt very safe... and it was so nice that we didn't have to bring our own life jackets, towels, water, or ice! Thanks for a great day!read more
Mark V
Mark V
13:49 12 Feb 20
This was a great day out on the water. The snorkeling spots were amazing. Stingray City was quite busy because of 4 cruise ships in town , but our guides still made it a very personal and fun... experience for us. The kids thought it was fun to kiss the stingrays for good luck. When our young kids didn't want to snorkel, they made sure the kids had fun on the boat feeding the fish and having a little dance party. All in all, the best day of our trip, so far!read more
Susan Steel
Susan Steel
02:29 24 Jan 20
We had a wonderful Bioluminescent Bay excursion with Crystal Charters!! Our tour guides, Alex and Ricky, were so friendly, knowledgeable and conversational. The tour started at sunset which was... beautiful but swimming in the bright blue water during the evening hours was a once in a lifetime experience. The brand new boat and fun music made the tour that much more memorable. I highly recommend this Charter! You will not be disappointed!read more
Kari Bohl
Kari Bohl
00:41 15 Jan 20
Nothing short of perfect! Kristie was so helpful in booking our boat ride. Cass and Alex were so much fun we didn't want the day to end! Thank you for a truly memorable day!
Lauren Robinson
Lauren Robinson
23:40 08 Jan 20
Crystal Charters provided my family with a beautiful and memorable experience. The staff was beyond knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our children’s time on the boat magical. They... even worked with our son to reel in a fish. We were not only shown amazing sights, but Vernon and Serena knew everything there was to know about the sea life and the best spots for viewing them. We would highly recommend Crystal Charters.read more
Christina Larson
Christina Larson
14:41 31 Dec 19
We had an amazing day with Crystal Charters. Captain Benji and Cass were fabulous! We went to a reef to snorkel, starfish point and to Sting Ray city. They were so educational and hands on with... us during this excursion. I cannot recommend this charter enough. We will be using them again in our next adventure in Grand Cayman when that happens. Thanks for a great day on the boat!read more

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