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Private Boat Charter Adventures in the Cayman Islands

Stingray City.

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Crystal Charters Cayman

The infamous Stingray City is a must do for anyone visiting the Cayman Islands and there’s no better way of experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime adventure than on your own private boat charter and at your own pace!

What Is Stingray City?

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Stingray City is one of Grand Cayman’s most popular attractions. It is located on a shallow sand bar in the North Sound and can only be accessed by taking a charter boat. The water here is only 3ft – 4ft deep, allowing non-swimmers and kids to easily stand whilst interacting with and feeding these beautiful and friendly stingrays. Stingray City is home to approximately 90 wild Southern Stingrays that roam freely in the North Sound and visit this site on a daily basis.
This incredible experience allows adventurers to get up close and personal with some of the most majestic animals in the world. Our crew will help you get those memorable photos as you swim with, feed and even kiss the stingrays!

Plan Your Adventure

Where Is Stingray City?

Stingray City Sand Bar is Located about 2 miles West of Rum Point on the North side of Cayman. It sits just inside the coral reef, which makes for a great second stop on your charter. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Stingray City Sand Bar from the West side of Cayman or if you decide to take one of the faster private charter boats, it’ll take roughly 20 minutes to get there.

About Southern Stingrays

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The ‘Southern Stingray’ can weigh up to 180 lbs and have a wingspan that can reach 5 ½ ft wide.The males are much smaller than females and reach a maximum wingspan of 2 ½ ft. Their wings are soft and silky to the touch. With a little imagination, they feel just like a giant breathing wet Portobello mushroom with two eyes on top!

These beautiful creatures are found throughout the warm tropical waters of the Western Atlantic from New Jersey to Brazil.Southern stingrays are nocturnal predators, who disturb the sandy bottom using their mouth to expose hidden preysuch as small fishes, worms and crustaceans. They have a venom barb that lays on top of its tail which they use to defend themselves. This venom is very mild and is not dangerous to humans, however you will certainly feel it if stung!

How to Experience Stingray City?

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Stingray City can be done two ways, in a mixed group tour or by private boat charter. We only provide private charters as it allows us to really customize your experience. There’s nothing more irritating than having a time constriction when experiencing something as unique as Stingray City.

Although Stingray City is an amazing experience on its own, there are a lot of other great activities and locations to experience which you just can’t have the flexibility to explore in a mixed group. It may cost a little more to go on your own private charter boat, but the difference in the experience you’ll have makes it well worth it.

Plan Your Adventure

Your Interaction with the Stingrays

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When you reach Stingray City your crew will teach you everything about the rays and how to properly interact with them. The rays love to be petted, cuddled and especially fed! We’ll find the friendliest ray in the area and give you the opportunity to hold one of these amazing rays yourself.

Once everyone is comfortable with the rays, that’s when we bring the food out. The second they get a whiff of the food we have, they’ll come swarming our way for a bite! It can be a little intimidating at first, but you’ll get accustomed to them quickly and realize they’re just like cats rubbing up against you affectionately. Within 10 minutes,you’ll fall in love with these amazing animals and won’t everwant to leave the water!

There’s another Stingray City!?

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There is in fact a second site where the rays like to hang out. This other site is called ‘Stingray City Deep’ and it lies in about 12 feet of water. This site is ideal for divers, who can sit on the bottom as they feed the stingrays. It is considered to be one of the best dive sites in the world under 20ft.

This is a great alternative for those who have already experienced Stingray City Sand Bar and want to experience the stingrays in a different way and without any of the crowds.

Are the Stingrays Dangerous at Stingray City?

A common question we get from guests is just how dangerous are the rays? We feel that stingrays have a bit of a bad rep around the world. Having the word ‘sting’ in your name doesn’t exactly make you sound cute and cuddly!

In the wild, stingrays only use their venom barb when they are threatened, usually by sharks. They only get one barb which breaks off easily when used, so therefore they only use it in life or death situations. The likelihood of them stinging you whilst hanging out friendly humans feeding them lunch is highly unlikely. It’s not to say that you cannot be stung however, particularly if you accidently hit the barb yourself. The important thing is to listen to your guides and follow their safety instructions.

Adventures


Sara Westerhaus
Sara Westerhaus
23:45 03 Apr 19
Our crew was Alex and River and they were awesome! They took us on a 4 hour tour. We went to two snorkeling spots, Stingray City and Starfish Point. We had such a fun and memorable time. The crew were amazing with our kids ages 5, 7 and 8 as our kids were scared of the stingrays at first but they made it fun by talking to their stingray friends. Our experience exceeded our expectations and I would definitely recommend them. Alex and River were fun and friendly and the boat was very nice and clean.read more
Wendy Rodriguez
Wendy Rodriguez
19:52 22 Mar 19
Crystal Charters went above and beyond for our day trip to Grand Cayman! The boat was clean, stocked, our guide and hostess were so helpful and knowledgeable about the area, best spots, history etc. Our family can’t wait to return and use them again!!!read more
Pam Tarrolly
Pam Tarrolly
20:31 21 Mar 19
We had an unbelievable experience with Crystal Charters! We were so impressed with the crew. Wow!! Just Awesome! They went above and beyond to make us all feel comfortable & welcome! They were friendly, entertaining and so accommodating. The boat was so clean and well stocked with water! Our family had an unbelievable experience with Crystal charters! We love the private tour and afternoon on the water. Snorkeling was like nothing else on island. Worth the time and money! Everything was perfect! One of the best days we’ve ever had on vacation. Absolutely outstanding! Also great communication from the company start to finish!!!read more
Stefani Pegram
Stefani Pegram
06:41 13 Mar 19
Amazing! Take the sunrise charter! It is sure not to disappoint! The Stingray Tour was the best thing ive ever done in my life! Friendly and informative guide!
P W
P W
06:55 22 Jan 19
The 7 of us went on a bioluminescence tour last night and had an amazing time! Captain Alex and Liz were incredibly professional and shared interesting information about the bay and the biology throughout our trip. I was using a cane and had slight mobility challenges but they were kindly checking in with me and helping me move around the deck.We all agreed it was one of the most unique things we've ever experienced. Thanks again Alex and Liz for such a fun evening! :)By the way, it's a bit tough to take photos of the bioluminescence, for reference, I was using a Google Pixel 3 XL phone in "night sight" mode as well as a Sony RX100 M5 for the photos that I've posted.read more
B Butler
B Butler
01:36 09 Jan 19
Thank You Crystal Charters, and especially Slim and Duncan for a fantastic afternoon and evening! My wife and I, and our 2 teenage daughters had an awesome day with you guys!! Crystal provided a personalized and unique experience by customizing our trip to include a pickup at Kaibo, followed by afternoon reef fishing and snorkeling. Slim and Duncan then dropped us off at Camama Bay for dinner. After dinner, they took us to do the bioluminescence swim (a must-do) and back to our drop-off at Kaibo.I highly recommend Crystal Charters, and Slim and Duncan! This was the highlight of our entire week in Grand Cayman!!read more

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