Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Close Encounter of the Sting Ray Kind

Stop #2 on the cruise was Grand Cayman.  We decided on a Sting Ray City tour - a sand bar about 30 min off the coast where sting rays have learned to come and be fed and entertain tourists.  (I highly recommend Moby Dick Tours if you ever want to do this in Cayman.  They were very no nonsense and genuine.)  Long, long ago Frank and I took almost the same cruise for our honeymoon.  We signed up for this tour and our boat died halfway out.  We bobbed in the ocean for about 45 min before another boat came to get us and then only to take us back to shore.  I only remember feeling really ill so I wasn't really excited about seeing the sting rays.  But, it turned out to be a great choice.

First we stopped on the Grand Cayman Reef for some snorkeling.  Everyone had a great time paddling around and seeing all kinds of fish and coral.

Next we got up and close with the sting rays.  The tour guides have names for alot of them that they see on a regular basis and everyone was picking their favorites.  We got to feed them squid until they were so full they wouldn't eat anymore.  Almost everyone got 7 (or more) years of good luck by kissing 1 (or more) sting rays.  And some got to try holding a sting ray.  No one got stung despite Emily and Hannah worries about being that close to a sting ray.

Can you believe how blue this water is?  It's like being in a swimming pool.  We didn't have time for anything after the tour but I would have liked to check out the beach to see if it's as nice as what we saw at sting ray city.

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