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“highlight of our trip to Cayman” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Native Way Watersports

Native Way Watersports
Cayman Yacht Club, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
345-916-5027
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Wimberley, Texas
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“highlight of our trip to Cayman”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We booked a half day trip with Chris, and it was the high point of our visit to Cayman. We got an early start so had the stingrays all to ourselves. Chris then took us snorkeling at Coral Gardens--you can't swim there, you have to go by boat, and the coral and fish were unbelievable (also saw a turtle there--quite special). We finished with some fishing--although we weren't successful, Chris kept it fun for everyone. Native Way offers a variety of options--half day, full day, private or group--and they will tailor the activities to your specifications. We had initially requested only the sting rays and snorkeling, but Chris came prepared so that we were able to do some fishing as well. He also knew the island and the waters really well so was able to advise us where to snorkel once we were on our own.

Visited March 2014
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los angeles, california
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“Wow !! What a great day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We do travel and I do not do many reviews, but this time I must.
We arrived on a cruise ship and were stuck on our tender for 30 minutes or so.
We thought that we had missed our tour. The tour did leave, however Sharon, the owner was waiting there for us. I kept apologizing , and she just kept saying " don't worry, it's your vacation. Relax" . We caught up at the dock as the bus had just arrived and had a great day.
We did the Stingray, snorkle, and Rum point beach with lunch.
There was plenty of time at the rays, and we pet, fed, and loved them.
The snorkeling was close by at a reef, and we had about 45 minutes which was just right.
Another thing about Native Ways....They only will have a maximum of 25 people on a tour. The boat seats 50. All the other boats were packed .
There are many tours in Cayman, but I highly recommend Native Ways

Visited March 2014
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Vicksburg
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“Awesome trip!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had a GREAT time snorkeling, starfish finding and swimming with the rays with Solomon and Andrew. We had a BLAST with them!! We will definitely look to Native Way the next time we are in the Caymans!!

Visited February 2014
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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“Far better than a cruise ship excursion in GC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We had a great, great day with Native Way Watersports. Registering was simple, just an email exchange with Sharon who was pleasant and helpful with questions. On the day of the tour she met us at the tender dock; I was looking for her and her Native Ways sign much further back in the departure area and completely missed that she was right at the front. Once our group of 16 was organized Eldon gave us a lift to the dock where we met up with our guides Andrew and Solomon.

We did the "Rays Reef and Rum Point" tour. Stingray City was up first, and it was a lot of fun. The weather cooperated so the waves were minimal and everyone could relax, even the more nervous members of the group. Solomon coaxed everyone into earning their 7 years of good luck!

Snorkeling at a series of small reefs nearby was really good, and Solomon made it so much better by coaxing an eel out of his lair and demonstrating how to catch a spiny lobster (a 2 pounder!) which he brought up on the boat for folks to hold and take pictures. They released the lobster who swam away fast, no worse for wear.

Next up was lunch at Rum Point. I thought the food was really good, at least the Mahi Mahi platter I had was excellent. They provided iced tea for everyone and stronger drinks were available at the bar. There was wifi at Rum point but there were so many folks trying to use it that it wasn't all that useful for anyone. It's a beautiful spot to relax for an hour before a nice boat ride back to the dock.

While the water activities were the obvious highlight, Eldon's island stories in the bus on the way back to the tender port were a close second. He's a guy who lives a joyful life and spreads it out to everyone he interacts with.

All in all just a great day with Native Way, highest possible recommendation.

Visited February 2014
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Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania
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“awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We booked nativeway watersports for an excursion with stingray city and coral gardens. It was very easy, I just put in our info on their website. It did take them a day or two to get back to me. Their price was very good for all of the things we got to do! They charged us $40 a person, whereas a similar excursion with the cruise ship might have cost twice that much. When we got off the ship, there was the girl (I believe her name was Sharon) standing right at the entrance holding a sign, very easy to see. Soon we got in our van for a short drive to the dock
The boat only had 11 people on it, which was very nice. At stingray city, there were many other boats all lined up along the sandbar. We had to wait about 15 min to dock our boat, because the waves were rather high that day and boats could only dock along one side of the sandbar. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to how they decided who got to dock next. There were many boats who were waiting, but whoever could bring their boat to the spot first got to get off first! We got off the boat onto the sandbar. Because there were very few of us, we were able to have lots of personal attention from our guides. They caught stingrays for us to hold, and we also got to feed them. As soon as we started to bring out their food, they were swarming everywhere around us! The waves were quite high, and I am rather short, so they kept knocking me over and I continually lost my footing, but it was still very enjoyable.
We also went just a short distance away from the sandbar to snorkel by the coral. We saw many beautiful fish!
They also provided punch and water on board the boat to wash the salt water taste out of your mouth, and a small bathroom on board as well.
Afterwards they took us to a sort of beach where the water was very shallow, and we were able to look at some starfish which were brought into the shallow water. Do not take them out of the water though! haha.
Then it was a 30 min boat ride back to shore. Overall our experience was great and a wonderful value! Thank you also to our boat drivers and guide Solomon, and the other young man I cannot remember his name, (sorry)!

Visited February 2014
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