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Old 11-21-2012, 09:30 AM   #1
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Grand Caymen Excursion Question

Ok I am a few days away from being able to book excursions so I am trying to make a final decision. We are thinking about the stingray swim with the tour. The one that goes to hell and the turtle farm then the sting rays. What we want to know is if things are really rushed - it doesn't seem like you would have more than a few minutes at the first two places before going to the boat for the stingrays? Anyone that has done this excursion have a good or bad review of it? Thanks in advance I know everyone here will have great info - you guys always do!!
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:53 AM   #2
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We have done this excursion 3 times and loved it each time! The stop at "Hell" is not long, but its just a rock formation, so about 15 minutes to check it out, take a few photos and buy a postcard to send (Postmarked Hell) is all you need. I suggest bringing address labels of those you want to send postcards to with you! We always send one home to ourselves as well...the postmark is just too funny!
Then, the Turtle Farm is about an hour stop...you don't need a ton of time, its a big loop with different tanks with turtles at different ages. The guide will take turtles out for you and the kids to hold and take photos. There is a wading pool where you can climb in with little turtles and pick them up...kids love it (and me, as a BIG kid, LOVES it, too!)
Then, you take a short bus ride to a dock and get on the boat for the Stingray Sandbar. It is about a 35 minute boat ride out to the Sandbar. There is plenty of time there to walk around in the water, the guide will catch a wild stingray and hold it and take photos. The guide will also probably have squid to feed the stingrays. I suggest using a mask to look at the stingrays under the water, but the snorkel isn't really necessary. We dove down to pick up some giant conch as well.
All in all, my most favorite excursion is this one!
The photo below is an excellent example of how clear the water is at the sandbar!

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Ok I am a few days away from being able to book excursions so I am trying to make a final decision. We are thinking about the stingray swim with the tour. The one that goes to hell and the turtle farm then the sting rays. What we want to know is if things are really rushed - it doesn't seem like you would have more than a few minutes at the first two places before going to the boat for the stingrays? Anyone that has done this excursion have a good or bad review of it? Thanks in advance I know everyone here will have great info - you guys always do!!
I am so glad you asked this. We are not traveling until next October, and this is the excursion I want to take as well!!

Scarpbookmama, thank you for filling us in!
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
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We did this. We felt very rushed at the first three stops (beach, Hell, rum factory) and would probably not do it this way again. We did enjoy the turtle farm, but were rushed out of the gift shop. The stingrays were AMAZING! We loved the boat ride and time spent with them. We would have spent all day with them if at all possible.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:31 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the great info and the great picture - I think we will definitely do this excursion!
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