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Stingray Sailing

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Grand Cayman, Caribbean
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About Stingray Sailing
Remember when customer satisfaction came first? We do!! At Stingray Sailing, you will get to experience the main attraction in Cayman, swimming with the friendly Southern Stingrays, and you will get to do so with a company who's bottom line isn't a dollar sign. As a proud, family owned and operated business, we focus on getting to know our guests on a personal level, while at the same time, providing life long memories. With limited spaces, only 25 per tour available, you are guaranteed to be treated as a friend, not just a number. We offer relaxing tours done on board a beautiful, 43 foot sailing catamaran, to the world famous Stingray City Sandbar; and whether it is swimming with the stingrays, snorkeling the coral reef, or just enjoying the beautiful Caribbean sun and water, Stingray Sailing is committed to helping you make the best of your time in Grand Cayman. With daily tours scheduled to accommodate both cruise ship and on island guests, booking your tour is just a quick email or phone call away! Join our family, we look forward to having you on board!
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mom24princesses wrote a review Apr 2020
Fayetteville, Georgia18 contributions6 helpful votes
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We were myself, husband, adult daughter and son-in-law. We sailed on the Disney Fantasy in October, 2019. My husband and I had been with another day tour before to the sting rays and snorkeling and booked that one for the four of us. Our ship was an hour late and no one else showed for our tour - quiet day on GC. Our operator asked if we minded joining this one. We said no problem and never had any regrets. There was a family of 5 and another couple - 11 people. We had a great time talking to the "captain and first mate". They took us away from the crowded area and we had a great sting ray experience. Then they took us to the reef to snorkel. I've snorkeled all over the Caribbean - including GC and this was about the best. Great adventure for the price. Very family friendly. We will contact them again the next time we are in the Cayman Islands.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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AEJ-MWS wrote a review Mar 2020
Houston, Texas54 contributions59 helpful votes
We went on our second excursion with Stingray Sailing and it was fantastic. We love that you are not in a crowded boat and that Chip and Matt are so thoughtful to the stingrays. When you pull up, the stingrays immediately gravitate to this boat because they know who to look for. Also, a huge shoutout to Matt who is amazing with the stingrays especially since his first job was with training Southeastern stingrays. He was so helpful today with the waves while petting the stingrays and our two girls (6&7). He was so wonderful!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from stingraysailing2016, Owner at Stingray Sailing
Responded Mar 12, 2020
We are thrilled that your return trip with us was fantastic and that Matt was such a help with your group. We hope to see you again in the future.
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RosemaryRowntree wrote a review Mar 2020
Nova Scotia, Canada43 contributions9 helpful votes
There were two main reasons we booked with Stingray Sailing: 1. it was on a sailing vessel rather than a crowded motor boat and 2. they avowed care and safety for the stingray. We had plenty of room on the catamaran - with only Chip and Matthew to guide us and 6 other guests. We saw many stingray tours with boats crammed shoulder to shoulder. Our experience was far better. We were first told and then shown how to interact with the stingrays. Being in the sea with these huge fish was truly a fabulous experience. They are gentle and very sociable. We fed them little fish (sardines?), stroked them and admired them in their natural habitat. Chip and Matthew were very caring about both the fish and their guests. After about 45 minutes in the water with the stingrays we moved on to a reef for snorkelling. This too was a wonderful experience. We would recommend Stingray Sailing in a heartbeat!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from stingraysailing2016, Owner at Stingray Sailing
Responded Mar 8, 2020
Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again in the future.
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dexter05 wrote a review Mar 2020
ayrshire63 contributions40 helpful votes
Everything you read about this trip is true - they really do care deeply about the animals and their welfare. The stingrays swim out to meet this boat as they recognise the engine note. As soon as the lovely Matt gets in the water, he is surrounded by his friends - they all have names. They obviously love him and give him kisses and come for tickles. Even the fishy treats are thought through - whole fish with bones for their health. He ensures you have a magical experience interacting with these beautiful animals, the feeling of the smaller males gliding over your feet and legs is unforgettable. The operators of most of the other boats mistreat the rays, and their clients must have a very poor experience by comparison. On the snorkelling stop, one lady trying it for the first time became a bit anxious in the water, Matt spotted this instantly and I’ve never seen anyone move so fast, diving in to the water to reassure and assist her. Captain Chip is a lovely person, he took time to show us his other gorgeous boat which he charters privately. We hope to return next year, and will do it all again, maybe even save up for a charter! Cannot recommend this company highly enough, as I’m mindful of not condoning animal exploitation, but Stingray Sailing don’t do that at all. Best Caribbean experience ever.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from stingraysailing2016, Owner at Stingray Sailing
Responded Mar 7, 2020
We are so thrilled to be your best Caribbean experience ever. The way we look after, treat and interact with the stingray compared to other companies is truly why we get the majority of the rays. It shows that our way of doing things really is better and the animals appreciate that. We hope to see you next year!!!
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clinicmgrMN wrote a review Feb 2020
Plymouth, Minnesota281 contributions80 helpful votes
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After reviewing our options for interacting with stingrays, we chose Stingray Sailing with Chip and Matt. Chip met us at the pier and we left promptly. After a short narrated bus ride, we boarded his catamaran. We were given important instructions how to interact with the stingrays. Once we anchored, we walked down 5 steps on a ladder and entered the 3 1/2 feet of clear blue water. Immediately, the stingrays began approaching. Chip and Matt reached down to encourage the Ray's to the surface and they guided them to our small group of 24. They were familiar with a few of the larger rays, and Chip explained some of their distinguishing colors/markings. Although we didn't hold them, we had ample opportunity to feel their rough top and satiny soft underside. They slurped fish out of our hands and, although they don't have teeth, their jaws are very strong! One of them playfully slapped the water and splashed us! It was an absolutely incredible experience! Chip and Matt never lifted the stingrays out of the water, nor did they hold them against their will (which is far better than what we saw with some of the other tour operators!) We then went to another spot nearby to snorkle. Not too much to see, but there were a few blue tang and some others, as well as coral. Masks, snorkels and fins were provided, as well as noodles to float on. Assistance was offered to anyone who needed it. Afterward, we were provided with some apple and orange slices, as well as water. I highly recommend this tour . . . Chip and Matt are the best!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from stingraysailing2016, Owner at Stingray Sailing
Responded Feb 29, 2020
We are thrilled that you had a amazing experience with us. It definitely shows by how many rays we have around our group the importance of not holding the rays against their will. You do not need to do this to feel, pet, feed and interact with them. We show them the utmost respect and, in thanks, they flock to our group and avoid the other companies. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation and look forward to having you back on board in the future.
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