When Columbus made his landfall in the Caymans in 1503, he found tortoises and sea turtles in such profusion that he promptly named the islands Las Tortugas. But the name that stuck for the islands was the Carib word "Caimanas." Fitting, since the caiman is a New World crocodilian and the islands were long the lair of pirates, buccaneers, and assorted freebooters. Despite their past, the Caymans are a Caribbean demi-paradise of white-sand beaches, coral gardens, and offshore waters harboring spectacular shipwrecks. Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman also boast the highest standard of living in the entire Caribbean. This union of natural beauty and cosmopolitan style makes Grand Cayman a spectacular port of call for today's adventurers. Note: Grand Cayman is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender. In certain sea conditions, an alternate pier is used to transfer passengers ashore. This may cause tour durations to vary.
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Trolley Roger Train Scenic Tour of Georgetown
1 hours | Grand Cayman | GCM-150
Hop aboard Grand Cayman's famed open-air trolley for a fun look around George Town. Along the way, you'll drive past the city's highlights, and hear tales of Grand Cayman's rich history including its nefarious pirate past and rumors of hidden loot. After a short walk from the pier to the trolley station, you'll take your seat on the Trolley Roger and take off through the streets of George Town. Sit back and relax as it travels through the city's financial district, past many of the 600 banks adjacent to some of Grand Cayman's oldest buildings, the central park area and the statue of national hero, Jim Bodden. Continue on through the beautiful residential area of South Sound, home to colorful Caymanian houses nestled among tropical flowers and trees. Before returning to the pier, you'll have time in George Town for sightseeing on your own and shopping.
Here's a tour that offers a bit of everything you're looking for on vacation-a chance to soak up the sights and taste local culture. From the pier, you'll set out on a scenic drive to Hell, named for the eerie-looking black rocks that rise up out of the ground. Be sure to stop by the hell-themed post office so you can send everyone back home a "postcard from Hell." From here, you'll continue on to the famous Tortuga Rum Cake Center. Watch the luscious delights being made and treat yourself to a free sample at the end of the tour. After a visit to the gift shop you'll visit Seven Fathoms Rum Distillery where you'll learn the unique underwater aging process utilized in creating this complex rum with extraordinary depth of character and flavor. Enjoy a rum sampling before rejoining your transportation.
Go for a swim in waist-deep water and discover friendly white southern stingrays at Stingray City, a group of sandbars located 25 miles off the shore of Grand Cayman. The water surrounding the sandbars are pretty shallow, which makes it ideal for kids of all ages to join in the fun. From the pier, you'll board a vessel that will transport you to the sandbar. About 25 minutes later, you'll disembark and meet an experienced guide who will instruct you on how to handle the stingrays. As you enter the clear three- to four-foot-deep waters of their natural habitat, the graceful southern stingrays will glide tranquilly around you. These giant sea creatures are so used to humans, that they will allow you to feed them, play with them, pet them, and take pictures with them. Then, you'll return to town for time on your own.
Experience two of Grand Cayman's beautiful snorkeling destinations that are suitable for both experienced snorkelers and beginners. The excitement begins with a short cruise from the pier to the Coral Reef. Along the way, your guide will offer snorkeling techniques and general safety tips. After the captain drops anchor, you'll don your gear and dive into the crystal blue water. Marvel at the beautiful reef formations and abundance of fish from sergeant majors and parrot fish to angel fish and turtles. After snorkeling at the reef, you'll rejoin the boat and travel to one of Cayman's famous shipwrecks, the "Cali," a freighter that sank in the 1940s. Lying in about 20 to 30 feet of calm water, the site offers a very easy entry/exit cove. You can expect to see a full array of tropical fish and corals. At the end of the cruise you'll cruise back to George Town Harbor.
The perfect combination of sightseeing and beach time, this four hour adventure tours all the top sights of the island and gives an extended visit to what Grand Cayman is most famous for-its beautiful beaches. Your whirlwind adventure begins as your motorcoach drives through downtown George Town and views several of the most famous landmarks: Fort George, the Legislative Assembly Building, Heroes Square, the Peace Memorial and many of Cayman's numerous banks. Stop at the Rum Cake Factory for a taste of Grand Cayman's world-famous rum cake. Continue on past famous Seven Mile Beach, the Hotel Zone, the Governor's Mansion and the Old Homestead as you journey straight to Hell! Stop at this rock formation that bears this unfortunate name to send a postcard postmarked from the Hell post office. Conclude at a glorious stretch of sand for three hours of relaxation and swimming in the inviting Caribbean waters before returning to the ship.
Turtle Centre, Hell, Tortuga Rum Cake & Scenic Drive
2.5 hours | Grand Cayman | GCM-105
Seven Mile Beach
Tempt your taste buds and satisfy your thirst for adventure with an island tour that begins in the town of Hell, a chance to observe cute sea turtles and ends with a tasty slice of Tortuga Rum Cake. From the pier, you'll set out on a scenic drive to Hell, named for the eerie-looking black rocks rising out of the ground. Be sure to stop by the fire-engine red, hell-themed post office so you can send everyone back home a "postcard from Hell." From here, you'll continue on to the Cayman Turtle Centre at Boatswain Beach for a look at turtles in every stage of development. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the famous Tortuga Rum Cake Center. Treat yourself to a free sample or two. After a visit to the gift shop you'll rejoin your transportation.
Interact with stingrays, starfish and marine life in the pristine waters of Grand Cayman's North Sound. Your tour begins as you sail to the Stingray City Sandbar, whose shallow waters are home to gentle southern stingrays. Once your captain drops anchor, your guide will lead you in a safety briefing and lesson. Then, you'll enter the waist-deep, clear water, teeming with southern stingrays and interact with these graceful creatures. The crew is specially trained in the handling of these beautiful creatures and you'll be able to touch and interact with them, as well as get some incredible photos. Your two-stop snorkeling adventure continues with a cruise to a nearby coral reef. Don your equipment and snorkel among coral heads, willowy soft corals, colorful sea fans, and colorful parrotfish, angelfish, grunts and tangs. Next, enjoy an unique encounter and see different sizes and colors of starfish.
Snorkeling enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to visit two premier snorkeling destinations on one three hour tour. Step aboard a comfortable cruiser and meet the attentive crew. Head off to the first dive of the day, the USS Kittiwake, a famous U.S. Navy rescue ship sunk to create an artificial reef off Grand Cayman's gorgeous Seven Mile Beach. Don your provided snorkeling equipment and enter the inviting waters. The temperature is balmy, the visibility is excellent, and there is much to see as you discover this 251-foot-long wreck. See the ship's main decks and features, take a look down the smokestacks, and view the ship's hull and engine rooms. Pull anchor and head off to beautiful Cheeseburger Reef to gaze upon the exquisite coral and abundant tropical fish, including angelfish, stingrays and eels. After returning to the heart of George Town, take a moment to do a little souvenir shopping. Return to port.
Savor all that Grand Cayman has to offer when you spend four hours seeing the sights and tasting some of the best flavors the Caribbean has to offer. Board your motorcoach and head to the world famous Tortuga Rum Cake Center, where you'll pause for a taste of the islands and sample rums and cakes. Continue toward the lively district of East End to visit one of the highest points of the island, the stone monument "Wreck of the Ten Sails," on a cliff overlooking the reef for panoramic views. Then, feel the spray from the "Blowholes" of Cayman. Continue to Bodden Town and the Pirates Cave and Eatery. This colorful local spot was once frequented by real pirates! With Caribbean music in the air, sample some traditional Grand Cayman dishes, then set off to explore a small authentic cave. Return to port via a scenic route.
Explore Grand Cayman's beauty from the land and sea. First, you'll board a semi-submarine for a cruise over the colorful sea creatures that live below the waves. Have your camera ready as you head for Cheeseburger Reef and watch a diver feed hundreds of hungry fish. Soon, you'll return to the dock for a sightseeing tour past some of the island's most iconic sights. Then, you'll visit the Cayman Turtle Centre, the world's only green sea turtle facility. Your next stop is a visit to the town of Hell, known for its unusual rock formations and unique hell-themed post office. Back on your transportation, you'll continue on to one of the island's rum-cake centers for a chance to sample and purchase this island specialty. From here, you have the option of strolling back to the cruise ship or walking to the downtown shops.
Discover all that Grand Cayman has to offer with an excursion that showcases the island's beauty, fun and history. Your tour begins with scenic drive to Seven Mile Beach, acclaimed as one of the Caribbean's best beaches. Photos taken, you'll continue on to the Cayman Turtle Centre for a hands-on encounter with green sea turtles. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Tortuga Rum Cake Center for tasty samples of their award-winning rum cakes. Then, you're off to Hell, a community famous for its eerie-looking black rocks. The last leg of your adventure is a trip to famed Stingray Sandbar. A local Caymanian boat will transport you to this offshore sandbar where you can feed, and interact with dozens of friendly southern stingrays. With a camera filled with memories, settle in and relax on the ride back to port.
A wonderful introduction to the famed stingrays of Grand Cayman, your 3.5-hour adventure begins at the Cayman Island Yacht Club, where you'll board the spacious Allura catamaran and sail the deep blue waters of the North Sound to the stingray sandbar. Here, you'll find dozens of southern stingrays-friendly with humans after years of interaction with local fishermen. The stingrays populate the warm, crystalline waters atop an offshore sandbar. Some of the stingrays grow to over five feet wide and 150 pounds! Wade into the inviting waters as your guide assists in the feeding and engage with dozens of southern stingrays. Food is offered to lure them for exceptional pictures. You'll also learn about the history of the area and the habit and life cycle of the stingrays. A complimentary bottle of water is included. Return to port with wonderful memories and photos of this day.
Quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger with a culinary adventure that begins with a panoramic drive through downtown George Town, passing the Bell Tower, Library, Legislative Assembly, Heroes Square and the Court House. As you travel, your guide will share past and present island history. First stop on your itinerary is the Cayman Craft Market where you can browse items made by local artisans. Next, is a stop at the Cayman Spirits Company for a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery, tastings of three different flavored rums and a chance to purchase souvenirs. For samples of the island's famous sweet rum cake, you'll visit the Rum Cake Center followed by lunch at an authentic local restaurant where you can learn how these local foods are prepared. Once you've finished off your sweet plantain dessert, you can shop at nearby Bayshore Mall or to return directly to the ship.
This is a wonderful way to see the sights and get a little exercise! This three hour tour introduces you to the highlights of Grand Cayman and its beautiful scenery. Depart from the dock for a quick ride to Morgan's Harbour. Upon arrival, you'll receive your safety gear and your comfortable mountain bikes. Set off caravan style, following your guide on the first leg of the trip along quaint country lanes and roads through the West Bay District of Grand Cayman. Explore the coastline of Boatswain Bay and the palm shaded lanes of the Cobalt Coast. Stop to visit the Turtle Center and send a postcard from "Hell." Ride on along the sparkling Caribbean Sea and take souvenir photos at the white-powder shoreline of Seven Mile Beach. You'll transfer back to the Cruise Terminal and have the option to do a little shopping before returning to the ship.
Treat your senses to the sights and sounds of Grand Cayman. Perfect for the first-time visitor or those who want to get reacquainted, this all-day tour highlights the best of the both coasts. Witness the otherworldly sights of limestone rising up out of the ground in the town of Hell. Next, enjoy a taste of the Caribbean with a bite of the world famous rum cakes at the Tortuga Rum Cake Center. Then, it's a photo stop at the Blow Holes, followed by the site of the Wreck of the Ten Sails, a historic 1794 shipwreck. Next, feel the sand between your toes with a stop at picturesque Rum Point. On your return trip to the ship, you'll stop at the Old Guard House in Bodden Town, site of the island's first settlement and former capital of the Cayman Islands.
Get up close and personal with two of Grand Cayman's most famous stars-dolphins and green sea turtles. Your first stop is the marine sanctuary at Dolphin Discovery. After a brief orientation, you'll enter the water to pet, play and pose for a dolphin kiss photo (available for purchase). Next, you'll walk to the Cayman Turtle Centre, a world-class research and educational facility that focuses on the conservation of sea turtles, as well as the home to a number of fish, sharks and a crocodile. Here, you'll view turtles in every stage of development in tanks plus a large nesting area on the beach. Learn how the turtle plays a large part in Cayman's history and culture while visiting the Touch Tank Wading Pools. For a reminder of your visit, the gift shop feature lots of souvenirs. Your tour concludes with a relaxing drive back to downtown George Town.
Experience a breathtaking tour of the underwater wonders of Grand Cayman aboard the Atlantis, TS-XI, a U.S. Coast Guard-approved, 65-foot long battery-powered submersible specially designed for sightseeing adventures in tropical waters. Step into the air-conditioned cabin, take a seat at one of the 26 viewing windows and embark on a wondrous narrated journey. After a dive to approximately 100 feet, you'll glide silently and effortlessly along a coral wall teeming with marine life and exotic coral formations. Be sure to keep your camera handy for a myriad of marine life that swim past the portholes (400 ASA film or higher is recommended for taking photographs from the submarine, as a flash will not work). After nearly 40 minutes of "dive time," the Atlantis will surface and travel to the dock, where you transfer via ferry to the pier.
Join a small group for a unique look at the history and the beauty of Grand Cayman. Led by a private guide, you'll start with a scenic drive along the island's beautiful shoreline and stop for photos at the picturesque Lover's Wall or watch the ocean waves shoot up through one of the island's blow holes. Photos taken, you'll head to the Pirate Caves for lunch followed by a walk through a cave formation that was once used by pirates to hide their bounty. Refreshed, your tour continues to the island's east end and another photo stop at the Wreck of the Ten Sails monument. Looking out at the horizon, you'll learn about the historic 1794 shipwreck and how local residents successfully rescued most of the ships' crews and passengers. A visit and tasting at the world famous rum cake factory is also on the itinerary.
Escape to the cool refuge of the White House, a private seaside oasis where the turquoise waters lap gently against the powdery white sand. A scenic ride through Bodden Town, the original capital of the Cayman Islands, ends at the Gatsby inspired facility where the host awaits with a special welcome. Then, the day is yours to enjoy. Stretch out on a lounge chair and work on your tan, look for seashells by the sea shore, or take a dive in the warm Caribbean Ocean. If you need a beach break, relax by the shimmering pool overlooking the ocean. Indulge in a delicious lunch on the large deck overlooking the picturesque Caribbean Sea. A full bar is also available at additional cost. Then, you'll return to the ship, refreshed and ready to plan your next adventure.
Explore the sites of Grand Cayman in the coolest way, gliding along on your personal Segway PT. Once your training is complete, your tour will begin where you will learn some historic facts of the Cayman Islands from your guide as you head to Camana Bay. Explore the Observation Tower which stands 75 ft high and offers panoramic views of Grand Cayman. Next, you'll Segway over to the Royal Palms Beach Club where you will ride your Segway PT along the famous 7 Mile Beach. Once the Segway part of your tour is complete, you will be taken back to Royal Palms for 90 minutes to enjoy a swim in the clear waters, relax on the white sandy beach or purchase refreshments. Please note: closed toed shoes required.
Adventure abounds at the newest nature attraction on Grand Cayman's north side, Crystal Caves. Your three hour tour begins with a scenic drive through charming towns to an underground world waiting to be explored. Deep within a lush tropical forest, three hidden caves can be found. A guided 45-minute exploration of these natural wonders formed millions of years ago reveals an outer worldly landscape of spectacular formations of stalagmites and stalactites in three different cave chambers. As you venture deeper, look for fruit bats and a secret reflective lake. These caves were once used by pirates to escape the elements and to bury their treasure. Your guide will impart all the history of the area and how the cave attraction developed over the decades. There is plenty of time to take photos. Closed toed shoes and insect repellent are suggested. Return to port after this fascinating day.
What could be better than a day at the beach? How about snorkeling with stingrays, sea whips, sea fans, corals and school of tropical fish; and indulging in a delicious Caymanian lunch? Your sun-filled day begins with a boat ride from the Cayman Island Yacht Club to the Stingray Sandbar. After a safety briefing and snorkeling lesson, you'll enter the water and interact with dozens of friendly southern stingrays. Next on your aquatic adventure is snorkeling on Barrier Reef, a shallow reef brimming with corals and colorful fish. By now, you may be hungry and Rum Point Beach is calling you for a delicious lunch starring some of the island's most iconic dishes like blackened mahi mahi and conch chowder. After nearly a full day, you'll board your boat and travel back to the Yacht Club, where your return transportation will take you back to the pier.
Enjoy two of Grand Cayman's highlights in one tour-swimming with dolphins and petting stingrays! Your tour begins with a scenic drive to Dolphin Cove, a six acre natural marine park on Sanctuary Bay. Upon arrival, you'll stroll through a jungle of trees and plants to the dolphin lagoon. After a brief orientation, you'll enter the watery world of these amazing creatures. Learn how the trainers use hand signals and positive reinforcement to communicate with and train the dolphins. Then, get ready to feel the magical thrill of "riding," kissing and playing with the dolphins. And there's more in store. You'll board a boat and cruise to the famous Stingray City Sandbar. Here, you'll interact with, and feed dozens of southern stingrays in the wild. Next, return to Dolphin Cove to browse, relax or shop for souvenirs before returning to George Town for more shopping.
Fly by helicopter over the beautiful white sands of 7 Mile Beach. Next, Circle the USS Kittiwake sunk in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean (a US submarine rescue vessel that was sunk as an artificial reef and dive site in 2011). Finally, fly over picturesque George Town and your cruise ship before landing back at the heliport. Flight time is approximately 10-12 minutes.
Experience the thrill of coming face-to-face with friendly marine life at one of the world's most famous diving locations. After you put on a safe and secure Sea Trek helmet you'll see the sea like never before. These specially designed helmets let you breathe naturally, keeping your hair and face dry (you can even wear prescription glasses) as you walk on the seabed, breathing in cool and filtered air conditioned air. The tour begins with a walk to the Sea Trek pick-up point, followed by a short boat ride to the dive location, which sits over a 30-foot "sand hole." After orientation, you'll don your "Jules Verne" type diving helmet and descend into the Caribbean Sea. Follow your professionally trained Sea Trek guide through an undersea garden pathway and observe massive living coral heads up to 25 feet in height and schools of brightly colored fish.
Certified Scuba Diving USS Kittiwake & Reef (Two Site)
3 hours | Grand Cayman | GCM-940
Snorkeling & Diving
Dive the newest shipwreck in the Cayman Islands, the USS Kittiwake a 251-ft. wreck that used to be an ex-US navy submarine rescue vessel and now, an artificial reef. Divers can explore its five decks, all of which have easy access. Many of the ship's functions are still in place. Divers can explore a recompression chamber, a machine shop, generators, bathrooms with mirrors still in place, a wheel and compass in the wheelhouse and a giant propeller and rudder resting in the sand. The second stop is on a nearby reef where you can witness an abundance of marine life. Colorful sponges in different sizes and shapes, sea-fans, brain corals, yellow and blue striped grunts, horse eye jacks, Bermuda chubs, sergeant majors and tarpons. After the dive, your transportation will bring you back to the cruise terminals in George Town.
Whether you're an experienced scuba diver or newly certified, the underwater world of Grand Cayman is ready to be explored. (Scuba equipment is provided. Certified divers must present their Open Water certification card to participate and must have logged a dive within the last two years.) After you've geared up for your two-tank adventure at the dive shop, you'll proceed to the boat and cruise to your first dive site. Once the captain drops anchor you'll descend 60 feet into the "West Wall," a coral wall boasting crevices and overhangs teeming with hard corals, sponges, and gorgonians. You may witness such marine life as sea turtles, rays, groupers, and snappers. Your second dive takes you 40 to 60 feet deep, to either a reef or a shipwreck. When the second dive is over, you and your fellow divers will return to shore, sharing tales of your unforgettable adventure.
Take a helicopter flight over the turquoise waters of the North Sound. Enjoy the flight as you circle the sandbar at Stingray City where you will get an incredible bird's eye view from above as the stingrays feed and swim among boats and people. See the reef from above and marvel at the different hues of blue as the sea floor drops off to thousands of feet deep. Circle the USS Kittiwake sunk in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean (a US submarine rescue vessel that was sunk as an artificial reef and dive site in 2011). Then head back down over the beautiful white sands of 7 Mile Beach. Fly over picturesque George Town. Finally, soar over your cruise ship at anchor against the backdrop of George Town as you head back to the Heliport. Helicopter ride is 15-18 minutes.
Venture to the east side of Grand Cayman on an exclusive, select, small-group, island sightseeing tour with a private host and driver. You'll be greeted at the port and, once settled into your transportation, will travel along the scenic waterfront with a stop at Smith Cove, a pristine beach area nestled in naturally sheltered waters. Stop at local attractions and photograph the intricate rock formations, lush tropical vegetation and iridescent turquoise waters of the Caribbean. As you travel along the far side of the island, experience the authentic side of Grand Cayman away from the crowds and glitzy resort. Visit the blow holes for a sensational photo and the historic monument called the Wreck of Ten Sails atop one of the highest points; it affords spectacular views! You'll stop at a local art gallery and gift shop brimming with stunning artisan handicrafts, which make the perfect souvenir of your day!