We have visited Grand Cayman for several years and have taken Stingray City Tours with other operators. Captain Marvin and his team provide an excellent experience for experienced swimmers and non-swimmers alike. The boat was a little larger than I would have liked being used to smaller tours, but the group's size turned out to be better than I expected. The three man crew (as opposed to two on the smaller boats) included a photographer not included in the other tours and he significantly added to the fun of the experience.
The tour goes to two snorkel sites after Stingray city instead of the one that many of the other tours offer and it is a little longer for that reason. They will pick you up at; your Seven Mile Beach hotel or you can meet them at the office by the Sunshine Suites. We had them pick us up. Captain Marvin's operates from a very busy private marina next to the owner's home.
The best part of all, though, is that we had a non-swimmer in our group. We had been alerted to inform them if we had any non-swimmers and I was amazed at the special attention they gave her. At Stingray City, since the water is so shallow she did not need help beyond what the rest of us could give, but when we got to the first snorkel site, one of the crew assisted her into the water and had her grab a life ring He then towed her around the site pointing out items of interest on the way. I guess he spent about fifteen to twenty minutes with her. I figured that since he knew where he was going and I didn't, I would tag along. I followed them through the coral observing the items he pointed out. He weaved a path through the forest of coral I would never have found had I not been following him. I saw much more than I would have seen had I not followed him. If for no other reason than this level of attention, this tour gets an A in my book.
Captain Marvin's team gives a great Stingray City tour. They are a little off he beaten path, but worth the effort to find them.
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