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Swiming and snorkling with Stingrays

Swiming and snorkling with Stingrays

Postby Dartcruiser » 26 Jun 2011 20:46

On our caribbean cruise last year we did an organised tour with Fred in Grand Turk. we set off on a small boat from the pier and stopped after about 1/2 hour and went for a snorkle, the Captain of the boat was an amazing character who kept us riveted with his safety briefing. We had about an hour snorkling with a at least 3 guides in the water one with camera. The reef was teeming with fish and the fire coral was wonderful but sadly some of the reef was dying. We met Henry the local reef shark who was very cute and not at all fierce. The violnist was our tour escort and she was hilariuos never been snorkling before and not a very good swimmer but she gave it her best shot. We then travelled for about 20 mins and came to a small beach where the water was so shallow and crystal clear here we walked into the water folowing another safety briefing ,complete with toy stingray, and met the Stingrays. they were absolutly amazing all around us and some of the big ones were giving cuddles although I didn't do this, the Captain also got them to kiss people something which was very fishy.

We then got dropped off at the port and you could buy photos and videos, We really enjoyed our experience there Turks and Caicos is stunning for colours and sand. We spent the afternoon at the pool and bars by the pier had a great lunch and more snorkling in that amazing sea. One of the nicest Caribbean ports we have done.
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Re: Swiming and snorkling with Stingrays

Postby Mungo » 27 Jun 2011 06:34

Sounds super! :D
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Re: Swiming and snorkling with Stingrays

Postby Vinny Turner » 27 Jun 2011 13:16

Sounds like you had a great time. I'd do this but I don't think that I could persuade the Mrs to do it.

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Re: Swiming and snorkling with Stingrays

Postby Carol W » 27 Jun 2011 15:47

We did the swimming with Stingrays in Grand Caymen. Once I'd got over my initial nervousness it was brilliant.
If anyone decides they want to do that on Grand Caymen I recommend you don't book with the cruise company. There are numerous ticket booths near to where the ship docks and the trips are much cheaper than the ship ones. We were picked up yards from the ship then returned back there after about 4 hours. A brilliant half day trip
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Postby Dave » 10 Jul 2011 11:01

For us, Grand Turk is one of the best places we've visited - and not just in the Caribbean. We spent a fantastic day there.

It's quite common to have to get a taxi to find a good beach, but here the beach is on your doorstep - walk down the pier and you're there. The water is crystal clear and the snorkelling brilliant.

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The sea is teeming with fish and I even saw a large barracuda where the sea-bed drops away sharply near the ship. I also saw a cannon and a couple of anchors (I like to think they were real!).

Most people stayed near the pier and leisure complex with its shops, bars and pools...

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...but a couple of minutes stroll along the beach and you can escape the crowds:

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Better still, if you turn right at the end of the pier and walk for about 20 minutes you can find a totally secluded spot to sunbathe and snorkel:

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If we ever go back to one place in the Caribbean it'll be Grand Turk. :D
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Re: Swiming and snorkling with Stingrays

Postby Dartcruiser » 10 Jul 2011 14:59

Great photos Dave I 've got one of the beach chairs as well, it;s so lovelly there.
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