Stingray City is a place in the sea where the stingrays gather to greet you… for lunch! No, you’re not the one that’s on the menu, these Southern Stingrays aren’t all Hannibal Lecter like that! Unlike the Tampa Bay Rays, these rays are mostly harmless; however, they do still have a barb on their tail that one needs to be cognizant of when handling these seemingly docile creatures. Where is this Stingray City where you can swim with and handle so many Southern Stingrays? -In the North Sound of Grand Cayman island of course. Everybody and their brother that’s ever been to the Cayman Islands or on any cruise to Grand Cayman, knows about this fun excursion to pet the rays, now you do too…
Next time you see the port of Georgetown, Grand Cayman on your cruise itinerary or you’re on the island for any other reason and want to get up and close with some puppy like sea life, ask a dive operator to take you over to Stingray City and enjoy! The rays are cute, kind of, at least the front part of them is, not the sharp barb thingy at the base of their tail though. I’ve heard some stories from Jamaican fishermen that have been stung in the foot by a ray and it’s supposedly no joke! Lots of pain and irritation involved. Make sure to do that ‘Stingray Shuffle‘ whenever you’re walking on the bottom of the sea and make sure to check out some of the following videos that were shot with a very inexpensive GoPro that I ordered on Black Friday on Amazon for $89 USD. ScubaDo’s brand new SeaLife Micro 2.0 that he got for Christmas, puked out on a dive just prior to this one. -More on that POS later.
The dive operator that we chose to take us on this fantastic one tank dive was DiveTech. They are our current favorite dive operator on the island. DiveTech offers all Scubapro rental gear and the staff are all friendly consummate professionals. An extra big thanks to Marie, Menno, Steve T., Tony, Drew, Glen and Jo!