Sea Elements
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Sea Elements offers an exceptional opportunity for a unique adventure in Cayman's beautiful mangrove forests, Reefs, Stingray City and the very unique BioBay. During the Kayak and Mangrove trips you will learn about this saltwater forest while looking for unique birds, baby fish in the mangrove nursery and iguanas climbing among the tangled roots on our intimate boat tour. Suitable for all ages and families! Follow your guide among the tangled roots and over the seagrass meadows for a mangrove snorkel. Go slow and look for sea squirts, anemones and seahorses! The Stingray City and Reef snorkel tours are limited to small groups on our comfortable and spacious 35ft boat. We go at your pace. Private Charters available at an affordable price. The BioBay tour is a must see! One of only a handful of such bays around the world. We offer a once in a lifetime chance to snorkel in this bay and experience the bioluminescence up close. All tours offer FREE pick up and drop of in the 7MIle Beach area!
George Town, Cayman Islands

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Dorothy W
Edmonton, Canada32 contributions
Mar 2020
There was just one other couple and our guide - can't remember his name but starts with a C. Sunday morning March 8 - very windy and rough on the water. He asked if we wanted to go out or get a refund. We all choose to go out and very glad we did. Once we got over to the Mangroves it was much calmer. Our guide was born and raised on the Island, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. He took us through this very narrow pathway which was the highlight. Totally recommend this excursion.
Written March 20, 2020
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Laurie L
Plymouth, MN554 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
Unfortunately, I have to start by saying to make sure Sea Elements knows where you are staying. They said they couldn’t pick us up, but then 2 other groups staying in our condo building (Discovery Point- a 5 min drive) were able to get rides. We had a car so it wasn’t a big deal, but a little annoying that others were given the convenience if we had to arrange alternate transportation.
I was a little concerned to go on the 7:00 pm tour since it is still pretty light out then, but it was a 40 min ride to the bay. Once we got there, we heard a brief overview to understand the significance of a bio bay and also how this specific one was created. It was a strange location compared to what I’d envisioned – we were in a bay in the middle of an expensive housing development not somewhere secluded. It was very calm that evening so there were a lot of mosquitoes out too. Before we got into the water, we were told that you couldn’t touch the bottom or it might stir up the water and make you itch & gave us floaty “noodles” to use. We were instructed to put on “skins” – essentially black lycra body suits to better see the bio luminescence and protect from itchy encounters prior to entering the water too. It felt a little weird getting into very warm, shallow, dark water but once we got to see the bio luminescence as we moved our arms and legs around so all else was forgotten.
Several people on the tour got the "itch" in places & one person said he was stung by a jellyfish. The tour guides had some spray to put on affected areas and it seemed to help. My friend and I were both fine.
Overall the tour was about 2 ½ hours – it was a great experience albeit a little strange at times. I’d do it again just to have the experience again though.
Written May 26, 2017
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Laurie, Firstly I would like to thank you for the review, it is very informative for other people! I would like to address the fact that you were not given the option of pick up, we do offer complimentary pick up to anyone staying on seven mile beach. Discovery Point is not actually on seven mile beach but classed as being in West bay, so I am not sure why the other people were offered lifts to the yacht club! I am glad to know that you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you out with us again soon!
Written May 29, 2017
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kaalvictoria
Victoria BC37 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
We have just returned from a kayak tour of the mangroves with Monique. She is very knowledgeable, growing up in Cayman she has so much information to share about the eco-systems. I would highly recommend taking this tour with her.
Written February 3, 2015
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Great to hear you enjoyed our Mangrove Kayak tour! Monique and our team love to educate guests on this unique and important eco-system. Tell your friends about us and join us again on your next visit to the Cayman Islands! Happy travels!
Written March 13, 2015
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DTand I
Grand Cayman15 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
We did the bioluminescence snorkel and while it is very cool to see, I got stung by a jelly fish on my neck and back. They warned us that we might get itchy but the sting is far worse than itchy. I have a major red burn on my neck and back and it's going to last a couple of weeks. Not to mention it was very painful. It get like someone jammed hot needles in my neck. I will say that there were 17 of us in the water and I was the only one to get stung. I would recommend doing the tour by kayak or paddle board not as a swim.
Written April 25, 2017
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Hi there, I am sorry to hear of your experience with stings whilst on our Bio Bay tour. The bay is very shallow and home to Cassiopeia, upside-down jellyfish. These Jellyfish do not actually have stinging cells as they do not require them to catch prey but are instead covered in a mucous with can be irritable at times. I am not sure that these jellyfish could be the culprit unless you had a particularly bad reaction. We do provide vinegar on the boat for such instances and there is always a first aid kit on board. Did you make the staff aware of the incident at the time to receive treatment? Hope you are feeling better now and I hope it did not detract from your experience of the bioluminescence
Written May 29, 2017
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Jamie H
New Port Richey, FL16 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
I emailed Sea Elements a week before our trip to get reservations for the Bio-luminescent Bay tour. Took several days to get a response, and she told me she was a "new employee who had just been given email duties." Because it took so long for them to get back to me, our first choice night was sold out, our second choice night wasn't running because they "couldn't" run without a certain number of people. (Read: they wouldn't run without more people.) When I did finally get on the phone, she said was leaving for a tour and would call back, but never did. Everything had to be done through email. On the boat, they had a cooler of water with a handful of plastic cups for the 26 people on board to share. Eww. Glad we brought our own water.

The Bio Bay itself was an amazing experience, and I loved every moment I was in the water. I had no idea it would be as bright and visible as it was. Seeing large fish swimming as glowing streaks in the water was really neat. It was just dealing with the company that frustrated me. Hopefully they will train employees better to make it easier to communicate.
Written August 17, 2014
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I apologize for your experience with our trainee staff member. I am happy to say we have ironed out the wrinkles. We aren't always perfect but always striving to improve, and honest feedback like yours will help us do just that. Thanks again for your feedback and patience. I'm happy to hear the Biobay was enjoyable for you.
Written October 3, 2014
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Ron26067
Dearborn Heights, MI347 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
We booked with Sea Elements bioluminescence tour because they meet you at the Yacht Club at about 7:00 pm, by Seven Mile Beach and you can ride their pontoon over to bio bay about a 30 minute enjoyable ride. If you decide you want to kayak you can drive over to Rum Point but then you have to drive back after and we felt it was just better to leave the driving to Sea Elements and enjoy a cool ride back across the water after our adventure. The cost is $40.00 CI or $50.00 US and includes a rash guard (to protect against jellyfish stings - more on this later), a mask (remember to put drops in your mask before going in the water to prevent fogging, if you didn't bring any, they have it on the boat), snorkel, noodle float and of course the ride over. You can bring your own equipment if you want to (if you have water shoes you might want to bring them), which many of us did but you are not allowed to wear fins. They provide drinking water but if you want other drinks you can bring your own alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks and/or snacks. We came with a group of 10 and there were 10 others on this trip for a total of 20 but it never felt crowded.

When we got to Bio Bay, Mike explained what bioluminescence was and how it worked and how to enter and leave the water from the boat. They also allow you to swim between the pontoons under the boat to provide an even darker area to see the bioluminescence. It is hard to explain the effect you see, but with any movement at all an aura of light is produced around the moving object, whether your hand, an arm, your finger or even a fish swimming by. Any disturbance at all will create this effect. It is even more stunning if you move just a finger as you will see little sparks with each tiny movement. They request that you not use flashlights or cameras with flash, including phones as this disrupts the night vision of your fellow guests and it takes several minutes to restore it.

Now more on the jellyfish stings. There are jellyfish in the bay and if they touch you, you can get a sting. It is not an unbearable pain but it does cause a little irritation. The rash guard which covers most of your body protects your body, arms and legs. Your feet are exposed as well as your hands and any area not covered by your mask. The water shoes will cover your feet so only your hands and a small portion of your face may be exposed. Only one person in our group got stung and it was on his face as he was getting back on to the boat. He said it was kind of a numbing feeling but not extremely painful. By later that evening he said it was fine with no long term effects.

On the way back we were able to star gaze and get to know some of the other people on our tour. Some of the kids were allowed to steer the boat as we headed back to the Yacht Club. A couple of the people in our group had Go Pro's (sport cameras) but the bioluminescence did not show up on the video. We think that it was because the frames per second were not fast enough to catch the short burst of luminescence and the intensity of the flash was so low. You might want to try your luck but don't be disappointed if it doesn't show up.

Mike and Monica were great guides and captains and were very informative and helpful. If you have time to take advantage of this adventure, you definitely should. There are only a handful of places in the world where all the conditions are right for this phenomena to occur and this area of Grand Cayman is one of them. This is a not to be missed adventure. I would recommend this trip and Sea Elements to be the one to bring it to you.
Written July 24, 2014
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Wow! Thanks for the great review. I'm glad your group enjoyed the tour as much as Monique and I enjoyed sharing it with you. The Biobay certainly is a unique and must-see experience. Happy travels!
Written October 3, 2014
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GateE10
Atlanta, GA33 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
A month ago, I made a reservation online for the Mangrove Kayak tour. The email confirmation. I also followed up with a phone call to Mike (the owner?) and emails to confirm and provide credit card information. Mike assured me he had it correct the second time around. Mike sent me showed that he booked us for the wrong date, so we traded emails again to confirm the date, time, and hotel where we were to be picked up. Saturday, we were in the lobby bright and early as Mike requested, but he did not show up and did not call to cancel. And no one answered the phone when we called them repeatedly. The Ritz concierge had never heard of Sea Elements, but was somehow able to track down a different number for Mike, and got him on the phone. Mike claimed he had no reservation for us and no record of our previous contact. I forwarded him the emails he had sent me confirming the reservation, but he did not reply. I do not know if this was just a mistake or not, but have noticed other reviewers have had "e-mail hiccups" with this company. I would avoid them - but definitely do a kayak tour, the environment is beautiful. Fortunately for us, the concierge recommended Jay Henderson of Surfside Aquasports, who gave us an excellent private tour of the mangrove shoreline, including a snorkel dive to a fish-filled coral head several hundred yards offshore. Try him instead, he was knowledgeable and fun.
Written April 10, 2014
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Jennifer F
Lakeville, MN31 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
We took the mangrove kayak trip and it was a great way to spend about two hours. The guide gave us lots of interesting information about the plant life and some of the local creatures. One of the best parts is when you can no longer paddle and must pull the kayak along through the mangroves. All of the kayaks for our group were doubles and felt fairly stable.

Make sure to wear a lot of sunscreen and a hat. It was very hot and your legs are exposed in the kayak.
Written September 8, 2019
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DocDeb911
Hannibal, MO72 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Words can't describe. A must do! Must swim to experience! Magic. Beautiful boat ride 25 minutes each way. Out, watch the sunset. In, see a million stars!! Bring your own drinks and towels. No bells and whistles until you see the stars of the show once in the bay. Kind, knowledgeable crew. Recommend Sea Elements, Don and Grace.
Written August 1, 2019
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Thanks so much for this! We are so pleased you had a great time and glad we could take you out! Thanks
Written August 8, 2019
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kimmie kyees
north hollywood, ca7 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
TAKE this tour with literally anyone else BUT this company ... While the actual plankton was extraordinary the tour however was maybe one of the most unpleasant experiences - ill prepared tour have ever been EVER!

We boarded the boat just around 7 pm. And after arriving at the location we immediately started getting swarmed with mosquito. The crew continually stated that this never happens as we were relentlessly attacked and devoured by bugs. At first we were kidding around about it until it went on for so long and became unbearable and extraordinarily painful. We had bites our faces, legs,backs,shoulders, head, feet .. it was absolutely miserable. I have attached photos of how we looked when we got off the boat.
I spoke to them directly before the tour and asked what we needed to bring and was never told about the bugs. The potential for a bug problem nor advised to bring any thing to help protect us. PS every restaurant, hotel, bar EVERYONE on the island has bug spray which we found out later and never left the house with out it .... unfortunate for us this was our first night on the island :(

They had no bug spray available even for us even to purchase. NO candles on the boat to repel them, or oils NOTHING. It was super negligent and made for a terrible night. We sat on the water for what seemed to be forever waiting for the sun to set we were all swatting, smacking, scratching and being eaten alive. The tour operator made jokes about how they would go away after 30 mins which seemed suspicious that he would make a reference of how long it would take for then to go away if in fact it was so rare that they would even be there .they did not go away and continued tormenting us the entire time.. we were wrapped in towels and trying to cover up any exposed skin. this was a horrible way to start our first night of vacation. We got in the water for maybe 10 minutes before all of our group left up on the boat begging us to leave. We left because we couldn't stay out there for one minute longer. As we left the dock the waiter at the restaurant where we docked was shocked that anyone would take people out on a boat with no bug spray. During our stay in Cayman we asked MANY other Bio tour boat if they keep bug spray on the boat - THEY ALL DO - BUT NOT SEA ELEMENTS.

SO disappointing... we paid premium prices for a private tour with this company the actual activity lasted all of 10 mins and left all of us absolutely angry and physically harmed - it is not ok

it was their job as a tour company to provide us with all the information we need to come prepared and have an enjoyable safe experience. Sea elements fell very short of that mark.

THIS was the companies response :

Bug Spray is detrimental to the dinoflagellates but this is irrelevant as we don’t normally have problems on this tour with mosquitoes. ( THERE ARE REPELLENTS AVAILABLE THAT WOULDN'T BOTHER THE DINOGFLAGELLATES - and EVERY OTHER TOUR HAS BUG SPRAY IN CASE - This company is LAZY and is NOT prepared)

We can only assume, that the recent rain and lack of wind last night created this environment - again most unusual and not something we could predict. ( SOUNDS LIKE SHE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT CAUSED THIS ISSUE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN PREPARED)
We have run Biobay tours for the past 12 days with no sight of a mosquito.

I have spoken with the crew today who certainly did not intend to offend or belittle your experience.
I did check with them that you had been offered skin suits, as we offer these to all guests and these do provide coverage in the water and out. ( HE OFFERED US THE SKIN SUITS RIGHT WHEN IT WAS TIME TO GET IN THE WATER AFTER WE WERE EATEN ALIVE FOR 50 mins - HE ALSO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS ON THE BOAT AND MADE US ALL GET DRESSED IN THESE SKIN SUITS THE DARK- when we told him he should have offered us the skin suits at the begining to help with the bugs he said " oh that would have been a good idea )

The captain for sure didn't want to be doing the tours. He told us he was helping out and got roped in and that his wife wanted him out of the house and off the couch - LITERALLY these guys are the worst. Take the tour with a different company .... NOT these guys .

I do hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and am sorry you did not enjoy your time with us.
The crew conveyed that the rest of your group seemed to have a good time and so we are sorry that you did not. ( WHO HAD A GOOD TIME ???- I think she forgot the whole boat was our family - do those photos look like I was the only one that had a bad experience )

we are currently disputing the charges for this tour as we were all physically harmed. My mother was in tears begging us to leave in the end. Sea Elements should not be doing tours.
Written July 10, 2019
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Once more, as stated in my email to you, I am so sorry you did not enjoy your trip with us. Captain Don who you refer to, is most upset, he loves doing these tours and is proud to introduce and converse with tourists who visit his homeland. We pride ourselves on the positive interactions with our guests and always want our guests to have a wonderful time. We are sorry this did not happen with you.
Written July 11, 2019
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