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Old 02-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Native Way Watersports Grand Cayman

In the midst of this crazy blizzard up north I figured I think of some warmer times and plan a little for my family's cruise in July. We will be visiting Grand Cayman on the Western and are starting to think of excursions. I found a company named "Native Way Watersports" and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the company? Do they offer quality and fun excursions? My family is willing to try almost anything, we love to snorkel, go on the beach, you name it we'll give it a go. So if anyone has any advice/first hand experiences, that'd be fantastic! Thank you!
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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Native Ways - great service

We used them for the Rays, Reef and Rum Tour and they were excellent. Reasonable prices and great customer service. When you pull up to Stingray City and see the Cruise Ship excursion boats packed like cattle and their guests all crowded in the water, while youre in a great location getting focused attention you know you made a great decision. I would use them again for sure.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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About how many people were on the boat? We'll be traveling with 17 people, do you think we'd fill up the boat?
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #4
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We used them for the Rays, Reef and Rum Tour and they were excellent. Reasonable prices and great customer service. When you pull up to Stingray City and see the Cruise Ship excursion boats packed like cattle and their guests all crowded in the water, while you're in a great location getting focused attention you know you made a great decision. I would use them again for sure.
Were you on the Fantasy when you did the Native Way excursion? I will be on the Fantasy in May and our time in Grand Cayman is very short, 11:30 - 4:45. I think I read somewhere on this forum that The Fantasy can only do Rays and Rum Point due to the time restraints. No reef. Is that correct? Would the excursion still be worth it? Would we have enough time for this due to the tendering process. I know the excursions booked through Disney get to tender first. It sounds like a great excursion, but it also sounds like it will be rushed . Thank you for any advice you can lend.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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We used them in November for the Stingray, Coral Garden and Starfish trip (we were on the Magic). It was a good trip and glad we picked them. Andrew and Andrew were great guides and the stingrays were a once in a lifetime experience. We were in GC over the time change and that caused some headaches but we personally had no problem (we were just an hour early). With 17 people you'd probably fill the boat but email them, Sharon the owner replied to mine promptly and answered my questions.
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We used them in June for the Western Fantasy cruise. We had about 55 people from the DIS board and they took three boats. One family booked with them and told the rest of us on the DIS Meet and we ended up with enough people for 3 of their boats. By filling the boats they changed the departure time, where we were going and return time to meet our needs.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:19 PM   #7
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We have used Native Way twice. Most recently was July 2012. It was a fantastic day! We had Andrew and Andrew all to ourselves! Our excursion was the. Starfish, sting rays, and coral garden. Beautiful, fun, and I highly recommend them!
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My fellow commenter brings up a great point! Since while my family and I are on the Fantasy the port time is 11:30 to 4:45 I'm curious to know which ones we'd be capable of doing. I know we have to take the ferry type thing from the ship to the actual island, which cuts down on even more precious time, so has anyone done the reef one or any for that matter, with the time constraint of the Fantasy? You all are certainly talking me into it but I definitely don't want to miss the boat!
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We were on the Fantasy last summer and did the starfish, stingrays and coral garden tour. I would recommend you contact them, they would be able to tell you which excursions would work in the time frame. Here's a few pictures from our trip with them:




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We went on the stingray, coral garden and star fish tour in Nov on our Fantasy cruise. That trip was specifically for Fantasy ship passengers only. It was a great time. We had about 5 families, so 20 or 22 people. We met just outside the gate and went right to the boat. The trip lasted about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and they just took us right back to the cruise ship port. No worries about being late! The waters were a little rough that day but we had a great time! We would recommend them.
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We were on the Fantasy last summer and did the starfish, stingrays and coral garden tour. I would recommend you contact them, they would be able to tell you which excursions would work in the time frame. Here's a few pictures from our trip with them:




Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures. I have an email into Native way asking if this port adventure will work with our very short port time. I will post the answer when I hear back.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:27 PM   #12
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This tour looks great! Were there any refreshments available on the boat, or should you plan to eat/drink on the cruise ship before or after the trip?
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