Grand Cayman is geared towards tourists and cruise ships, so this tour was executed without a hitch. Yes, it's a very popular tour, so expect large crowds on the sandbar, but there is plenty of room for everyone. The tour operators are not keen to provide snorkeling gear even though our boat had it on board, but viewing is much better if you use snorkeling gear, so bring your own or insist that you use theirs. The so called coral garden where the snorkeling takes place is sparse, though attracts some fish and rays.
We had a good time. The captain and crew were very nice. There were a few negative things that I will mention just so both the customer and tour group will know. We booked a morning tour. Was told at some point, that was 9:30. We were staying nearby the yacht club, so told them we would be there and not need to be picked up. Evidently, the 9:30 time was when they picked up at a hotel downtown. So we waited for an hour on the boat. Also, there was a photographer on the boat that took some staged photos with the rays. When she showed us the photos , her iPad screen was covered in fingerprints, so we could only assume they were ok. For 50, only a couple were ok. That was disappointing. We had been to Stingray City 35 years ago, and there were a lot more rays and not so many people. Our granddaughter enjoyed it, but that was also disappointing. The stop to snorkel over the reef was great because the coral was in better shape than the reefs that are close to shore. Most of the rest of the customers on the boat didnt really get into the snorkeling, so we only made one stop. The description of the tour said there would be 2 stops to snorkel. The price was fair, since we paid twice that for a Snuba experience that was only an hour total, including the instructions on land.
This was a great time! The tour went a little long, but they were able to get those on cruise ships back on time. I saw a plethora of amazing sea life, and had an awesome time with the stingrays. My brother and I bought the photos from the photographer, as they came out pretty great, as well as had our own photos we took. The trip is BYOB, but they had water and juice for everyone on board. Will definitely do this again next time I am in the Cayman Islands.
Honestly- we arrived on time and we ended up leaving almost 45 minutes late. They were nice enough but poorly organized. When we arrived my partner exited the van and the driver started driving to park she was nearly run over- he never apologized he just said this has never happened before! We were the last boat to arrive and ended up being in a savvy area-kind of lame never held the stingray took photos in like three seconds jumping waves. They also took us snorkeling away from other boats there was very little sea life where we were- people who just went to the beach had a better time and more exposure to sea life!
Excellent value for money. Tour seemed disorganised to begin with, a lot of waiting around but once we were out at sea it was fantastic. The crew were friendly and keen to ensure we had a good time. If youre visiting Grand Cayman you really have to experience this, its a truly memorable experience.
This local family company was fantastic. We loved how they took care of each of us on the boat, treating us like Royalty. They took time to make sure we felt comfortable and had tons of photo opps. Can't say enough about the Rowan company and tour. Will highly recommend them and go back for a fishing tour with them. Dad drives the van and the 2 sons run the boat tour.