What Is Stingray City?
Stingray City is a shallow sandbar (2 to 4 feet deep) located in Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands).
This is the most popular tourist attraction in the Cayman Islands. You are able to hold and feed wild Southern Stingrays, under the supervision of a professional guide.
Technically there are two different Stingray Cities in Grand Cayman:
- Stingray City sandbar which is where 99% of people go; this is the one where you are able to standup and feed/hold the rays.
- “Deep Stingray City” – this is where only divers go; this is about 10 feet deep.
Below is a short video showing a Stingray City tour in Grand Cayman with “George’s Watersports”:
How To Get To Stingray City
Stingray City sandbar is over a mile off-shore, meaning that you need to take a boat to get there.
Below is an image of Stingray City sandbar:
Has Anyone Been Stung At Stingray City?
Only a very small number of people have ever been stung at Stingray City.
When you consider that hundreds of thousands of people visit the sandbar every year, it is almost impossible to run into any problems.
If you go with a professional operator, there is virtually no risk. Some articles that you will find online try to portray this as a dangerous activity, but this simply isn’t true. You have to be very reckless to run into any issues with the rays.
Many people worry about the stingrays due to the death of Steve Irwin, also known as the “Crocodile Hunter”. This is not a fair comparison since the type of stingray that killed Steve Irwin is completely different to the type of stingrays at Stingray City. The ray that killed Steve was a “Bull Ray”, which is much larger and more aggressive than the passive “Southern Stingrays” that inhabit the Cayman Islands and Stingray City. It’s like comparing a Nurse Shark and a Great White Shark; one is completely safe, the other is not.
Stingray City Injuries
There are very few injuries at this attraction.
It is extremely unlikely that you would get injured. The safety of the visitors and the stingrays at the Stingray City Sandbar is the primary concern for operators working there.
George’s Watersports is one operator that has a fantastic crew who explain very clearly how to handle the stingrays, how to walk around the sandbar without scaring the stingrays and how to feed the stingrays.
This is all very useful information and is worth knowing before swimming at the sandbar.
The quality of the safety instruction and the friendly nature of the stingrays means that there are very rarely any accidents, thus making it a very safe place to go to and a perfect place to bring friends and your family.
Has anyone died at Stingray City?
There have been people who have had heart attacks whilst snorkeling in the surrounding area in the past, but these people were very unfit to begin with, and it had nothing to do with the stingrays. Stingray City deaths are extremely rare.