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Stingray City is a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. It is a tourist attraction, where southern stingrays are found in abundance, and visitors can pet and interact with the
animals.

There are two sandbars, one which is in the shallows and the other one which is deeper and where it is possible to dive with stingrays.

Stingray City Cayman Location

Stingray City is in the shallow waters off the northwest corner of Grand Cayman’s North Sound. It is just inside a natural channel that passes through the barrier reef and consists of a string of sandbars crossing the North Sound from Morgan Harbour to Rum Point.

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In 1997, the Kelly brothers founded Stingray City Cayman Tours. A few years later, Captain Darney Kelly established his own company under the same name. He was passionate about offering unique experiences to both repeat visitors and newcomers to the Cayman Islands who wish to explore the rich heritage and diversity of the island’s attractions.

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Scuba divers interact with southern stingrays at Stingray City

Typical day at Stingray Sandbar

What is Stingray City

Stingray City is a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. It is a tourist attraction, where southern stingrays are found in abundance and visitors can pet and interact with the animals.

Stingray City History

It may be that stingrays began gathering in the area decades ago when fisherman returning from an excursion, navigated behind a reef into the sound, and cleaned their fish in the calm water of the shallows and sandbar area. The fish guts and squid were thrown overboard and the stingrays eventually congregated to feast there. Soon the stingrays associated the sound of a boat engine with food. As this practice turned into a tradition, divers realized that the stingrays could be fed by hand.

Today, tour and excursion boats, along with private watercraft, gather at Stingray City in large numbers. There is a wide variety of companies that offer Stingray City excursions, which all have their own unique features. Passengers disembark and enter the chest-high water to interact with the stingrays. The boats’ proprietors bring along with them pails of chunked-up squid meat, which they dispense by hand to the animals, thus attracting dozens of the creatures to the feeding spot. Visitors can visit Stingray City and pet stingrays, while standing in only 3 feet of water. There are however growing concerns about alterations in behaviour, feeding patterns and general ecology of these rays, when compared to rays not receiving supplemental nutrition.

Stingray City Location

Stingray City is in the shallow waters off the northwest corner of Grand Cayman’s North Sound. It is just inside a natural channel that passes through the barrier reef and consists of a string of sandbars crossing the North Sound from Morgan Harbour to Rum Point.

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Our Reviews

  • star rating  GREAT TOUR! AND GREAT PICS! THANK YOU KeKe!  - Great Tour! we had a great time!!!!! amazing views and a special shout-out to KeKe!!!!! make sure you ask for her. She is SUPER friendly and super nice! She took... read more

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    March 12, 2024

    star rating  Great tour ask for KeKe  - Great tour! We had a blast ! Great views and keKe was amazing ! Thank you for everything! Def would recommend and will do again !

    avatar thumb C C
    March 13, 2024

    star rating  Great day in the sun!  - Had a great day with the captain and crew! Everything went smoothly and as planned. Saw lots of Stingrays , starfish and fish!

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    January 22, 2024
  • star rating  Worthwhile Tour  - This was the best excursion I experienced while in Cayman Islands. The tour guides had great energy and made the time even better. The stingrays were amazing and the water... read more

    avatar thumb Katherine P
    March 17, 2024

    star rating  Best experience ever!!  - Always providing with the best service. Caring about customers and your families, great experience I highly recommend it. Really good price.!!

    avatar thumb Raudy V
    March 5, 2024

    star rating  Snorkeling and fun in the sun! - Snorkeling, stingrays, and boat ride were great. Ok to skip starfish. Great for families. Offer light snacks. Good crew!

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    March 30, 2024

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