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Stingray City (not sandbar)

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Stingray City (not sandbar)

We will be in Grand Cayman Jan 18-25 and would like to do a Stingray City trip but since we have previously visited the sandbar we would like to go where the water is deeper and you can actually snorkel. I do not see very many tours that go to that site - any recommendations? During the dates we will be there, is it possible that it may be too choppy to snorkel? Would appreciate any comments - also wondering if we would need to make a reservation prior to our arrival - we would like to avoid cruise ship times? We have visited on 2 previous occasions (pre-hurricaine) so anxious to see if we notices any obvious changes.

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1. Re: Stingray City (not sandbar)

Red Sail usually has a SRC dive site + reef trip out of Safe Haven Marina for $75 US on Tuesday-Thursday leaving at 9:00 AM, but you may want to check with them to confirm it is still being offered. It can be choppy any time of year and more often in the winter months. So you are better off trying to get the tour in earlier on your holiday. If bad weather does cancel your tour then at least you will have a few days remaining to try an get it rescheduled, should the conditions improve.

Most of the Dive Ops also welcome snorkelers on their SRC trips. Most of those I believe are in the afternoon as the divers second dive outing of the day.

Also, most cruise excursion go to the Sand Bar.

Red Sail Info:

Phone: 305-897-0814

Email: info@redsailcayman.com

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There is a link to the cruise ship schedules under TOP QUESTIONS in the column on the right. However, if you are having difficulty using that link, try:

http://www.caymanport.com/shipschedules.php

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3. Re: Stingray City (not sandbar)

As Testudo said, "It can be choppy any time of year and more often in the winter months. So you are better off trying to get the tour in earlier on your holiday." To see the official 5-day forecast, browse

www.gov.ky/portal/page…

On those days when the "Sea State" column forecasts a Small Craft Warning ("Small craft should exercise caution over open waters"), there's a greater chance that access to the Stingray Sandbar will be closed by officials for safety reasons.

The Stingray Sandbar is to the south of the reef and just a short distance "to leeward" of a wide channel through the reef which admits higher waves than the reef would allow. Since there is a reef to the north & west ("to windward") of most of the dive sites within the deeper Stingray City area, there are occasions in winter time during the heavier trade winds (from the prevailing east-northeast direction) when the deeper site could still be feasible on days that the sandbar site has been closed due to rough seas. Also since that area is quite a bit deeper i.e. about 12 feet or so rather than waist deep, when there are rough breaking seas on the sandbar there might only be a running swell at the deeper site.

But take your Bonine or dramamine or whatever before you head out on the water on those "Small Craft Warning" days!

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