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“Well worth getting over my fear of suffering Steve Irwin's fate”

Frank's Watersports
Ranked #109 of 194 Tours in Grand Cayman
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Reviewed November 23, 2010

This was one of the highlights of our recent Caribbean cruise. All four of us (a senior couple and our 20 something daughter and her friend) took the Sting Ray city tour to a shallow reef area off the Grand Cayman island to interact (petting and feeding) a bunch of extremely friendly and non-threatening sting rays. I was initially reluctant to go due to a perhaps irrational fear of any creature having the word "sting" as part of its name, but I found the experience to be well worth the time, money, and worry. After the stingray session, we went to another area a few blocks away and snorkeled with a very interesting and beautiful array of tropical fish including a large skate which looked a lot like a sting ray but without the sting bearing tail. The water was a comfortable temperature, and extremely clear. With a face-mask, I could see out to about 50 feet in all directions. There was no walking involved in this tour, so even my wife, who normally uses an electric scooter to avoid having to walk for more than a few minutes at a time, was able to enjoy the outing. Frank's crew supplied face masks and snorkels as well as the obligatory rum punch which all Caribbean tourist attractions seem to be required by law to provide :)

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Reviewed September 27, 2010

Heard about Frank's from another guest at the hotel and booked a trip. It's a smaller boat that only takes out 8 people at a time. My last trip to Stingray City was with one of the large tour operators and there were about 30 people on board. They picked us up as scheduled and we departed the dock on time. The boat had a captain and one crew member who were both polite and helpful. We made four stops: a reef that we snorkeled at, the barrier reef near Stingray City, Stingray City, and an area for snorkeling that had hundreds of starfish. At one of our stops the crew put out a lunch spread that included a conch appetizer, jerk chicken, mahi mahi, potato salad, rice, etc. It was awesome, to say the least. While snorkeling or in the water with the stingrays the crew could not have been more helpful. This trip lasted 6 hours- dock to dock- and was the best value for the money.

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Reviewed November 17, 2009

After looking at many other tours to Stingray City, my girlfriend and I decided to go with Frank's Water Sports. We chose the Stingray City and Fish Garden Tour. There are a few things to be aware of:

-We could hardly understand or hear our guide when he was giving us instructions for getting into the water.
-Rum punch was absolutely disgusting, there were 4 people in my group and we all could barely stomach it. We actually threw it out -- we aren't that picky when it comes to free alcohol but this was REALLY BAD.

-I would not recommend this trip for elderly or disabled people. To get into the water we used a metal ladder with about 15 steps. The ocean was a bit rough that day and the boat was rocking pretty bad. I am 26 and in great shape and I found it a little tricky to get up and down. There were several older people on this trip and they couldn't even get off the boat to get into the water, nor did I see either of the guides try to assist them. I saw one gentlemen trying to go down the ladder and couldn't make it all the way down. He was able to climb back up but then just had to sit there and watch everyone with the stingrays. Other boats around us were easily accessible.

Overall we had a great time on this trip considering the events of the day. The tour operators and captains were nice and the boat was fine, I would recommend a different company though.

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Reviewed August 15, 2016
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