There are dozens of different tours that go to Stingray City. This one will provide you with a great balance of comfort, convenience and service.
The dock for Allura is about a 10-15 minute bus ride from the pier. She's a catamaran, and you'll be on board with a crew of 3 plus a couple of dozen other guests. Get on early for the best seats which are on the "trampoline" up front where you have great views and the water beneath you.
The crew consists of captain, a deck hand who also serves as stringray wrangler (more on that in a minute) and a photographer. The boat is comfortable, no food, but they do usually have coffee, water and juice. There is a restroom, but remember you're on a boat, it's small and will test your balancing skills.
From the dock, stingray city is about 10 miles and depending on conditions can take up to an hour to reach. Once you're there,a ladder is lowered and you'll step onto the sandbar into water that is waist to chest deep. The water is stunningly clear, and you're going to quickly find stingrays swimming around you. Shuffle your feet, dont lift them, to avoid stepping on one.
You'll find a dozen or more other boats parked around this same spot, with everyone in the middle doing the same thing. Your deck hand will wrangle up some stingrays and let you hold them, kiss them, etc. The photographer is not obnoxious at all, but find her and she'll get some great pictures of you interacting with the stingrays.
After an hour or so, it's back on board for the trip back to town. You'll get the opportunity to review and buy pictures during the ride back. Again, no sales pressure here at all, if you have no interest in her pics, you wont be bothered at all. Once back at the dock, the bus takes you back to the pier. Do the morning session and you'll have just enough time for lunch and a little beach time.
Stingray City is THE must do excursion in Grand Cayman, dont miss it. And Allura is a great way to get out there with a great boat and friendly helpful crew.
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