Our next great love…after sailing

Here at Sail Cayman we have been in the tourism and watersports industry for decades.  Neil Galway, owner and Captain started his tourism career as a windsurfing instructor and Orneil Galbraith, also a Sail Cayman Captain started as a beach attendant on Seven Mile Beach.  Throughout our respective careers we have simply never grown tired of Stingray City. We just love Stingrays, we love feeling them against our legs, we love holding them, and feeding them and watching that forever smile shape of their mouths. Nothing beats the feeling of arriving at Stingray City early morning, with the sun high over the turquoise waters whilst watching the entire group of almost 100 rays gliding towards our boat. To us Stingray City is a little miracle of nature in Grand Cayman and we simply love to share the magic with as many folks as possible.

So how did it start? Well Stingrays love a good opportunity and nothing beats fish guts being thrown overboard by the fishermen of old. A free meal is always a good meal especially if you don’t have to work for it. Stingrays began gathering in the area decades ago when fisherman returning from an excursion, navigated behind the shallow protective 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 on the discarded guts. Today there are two Stingray Cities as the fisherman used two areas to clean their catch. The area fondly known as Stingray City Deep at 12ft has become a much publicized dive site and is also ideal for the avid snorkeler. Stingray City Sandbar further to the east has by far the most Stingrays and is also only waist deep. On really shallow days we’ve even seen boaters put beach chairs out to relax on whilst sipping rum and puffing on a cigar whilst Stingrays cruise by!

Today you, our Sail Cayman guest, have the awesome opportunity to feed these friendly rays by hand. It is still one of our most requested destinations when we book charters and with good reason too!

So when you book your next trip and your excursions in the Cayman Islands, please make sure you include Stingray City, there’s simply no other place like it and Sail Cayman would love to share it with you and make it an awesome and lasting memory.

Snorkelling at Deep Stingray City

Snorkelling at Deep Stingray City

Look at that smile!

Look at that smile!

Another awesome pic by www.deepblueimages.com.

Another awesome pic by http://www.deepblueimages.com.

Why Sail Cayman?

So you’ve booked your trip to Cayman and now it’s time to start planning your excursions.

What do you look for in a tour operator? Experience? Professionalism? Variety? Fun times? Adventure? Safety? Knowledge? A choice when it comes to departure times and destinations? If you are reading this blog it means you have already started your research and it also means that you have probably been to several websites by now all offering attractive choices.

Well let’s look at what your preferences are and how Sail Cayman fulfills each and every single one of them;

If you are looking for experience you can rest assured knowing that Sail Cayman has close to 50 years of experience when you add up all the years that our 3 crew members have worked on boats both in Cayman or on international waters.

If you are looking for professionalism, we can give you peace of mind with Yacht Master and RYA certificates.

Variety is indeed the spice of life and no-one can add spice to your day like Sail Cayman. Our 3 crew members are as diverse as our destinations and the vessels we operate. Ireland, Cayman & Nicaragua, you’re bound to have an interesting conversation on board and en route to destinations like Rum Point and Stingray City (to mention only 2) where you are guaranteed to find something that amazes you. With a choice of two sailboats and two power boats, the variety just keeps getting better.

Fun Times? Sail Cayman have four boat loads full of memorable times. As our T-shirts rightly states; “Life starts at 15 knots”. The fun continues at Stingray City and when you have finally had enough of those friendly rays (if that is indeed possible) you experience the serenity of Starfish Beach, the calm tropical beauty of the mini sand bar or  the waist deep azure waters of Rum Point which seem to carry on forever and a day.

Adventure? There is no doubt in our minds that sailing is one of the ultimate forms of adventure. If you would prefer engine power over wind power you can start your adventure on our bright yellow and super fast RIB or our comfortably shaded Lazy Daz. The adventure continues at Stingray City where close to a hundred Southern Rays glide past to take food from your hands.

Safety on the water is vital, which is why you will always find our 4 boats fully fittted with a VHF radio, a cell phone, a first aid kit and our 3 crew members who are all first aid trained.

Knowledge…this is a good one for Sail Cayman. When you add the above mentioned 50 years of experience on the water to our knowledge of the Stingrays, the surrounding reef, it’s marine life, and Cayman’s attractions in general, you’ve found a winner!

Choice, always important when you’re on vacation as it is after all YOUR vacation. This is why we are flexible with our charters, both in destinations and departures.

Our fleet awaits, you coming?

A superb and tranquil spot named after all the Starfish that can be found here. Walk from the boat to shore

A superb and tranquil spot named after all the Starfish that can be found here. Walk from the boat to shore

Shallow azure water with Starfish abound. Just one of our awesome destinations

Shallow azure water with Starfish abound. Just one of our awesome destinations

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