In the Cayman Islands, boating offers one of the best ways to beat the searing heat of August.
Embarking on a charter from Camana Bay Harbour for a diving, snorkelling or fishing excursion is an easy way to enjoy the cool breezes and turquoise waters of the North Sound. Even if you’re just looking to do some wading at the Sandbar or at Starfish Point, Camana Bay’s tour operators can take you there by boat.
One of the island’s newest and most popular motor catamaran excursions is operated by Captain Marvin’s, which includes stops at Stingray City and Starfish Point, as well as a tour of the Cayman Crystal Caves.
For US$99, the excursion offers a continental breakfast and departs at 7:30 a.m., arriving back to the dock at 1 p.m. For an additional $55, you can make it an all-day excursion that includes a two-hour tour of the bioluminescence bay with Sweet Spot Water Sports. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the North Side of the island and then take the early evening “Bio Bay” tour before hopping on the 9:15 p.m. ferry from the Kaibo Yacht Club back to Camana Bay Harbour, courtesy of Cayman Ferries.
For more information or to book a tour, contact Captain Marvin’s at 345-945-6975; email [email protected]; or visit
Family owned and operated boat operator, Crazy Crab, offers a fully private and customizable tour of the North Sound aboard its 24-foot Sea Ray 240 Sundeck.
Troy Leacock and his son, Canyon, offer a flexible schedule that allows you to create your own itinerary, right down to catching your
“We take our guests to the reef, they catch their fish, we clean the fish, and then head back to Morgan’s Seafood Restaurant, where they can cook them and feed our guests,” says Troy.
Although guests usually choose the popular destinations of Stingray City, Starfish Point and Cayman Kai for snorkelling and tubing, Crazy Crab also offers mangrove tours and reef fishing expeditions. It also caters to families with small children. “It’s really up to the guest on where they want to go and what they want to do.” The pleasure boat can seat eight to 10 people, and tours cost US$450 for two hours up to $1,200 for a full day.
For more information or to book online, visit www.crazycrabcayman.com; call (345) 927-2722; or visit [email protected]
Another private charter boat that operates out of the Camana Bay Harbour is “Island Boy,” which is a 12-seat cabin cruiser owned and operated by Captain Charlie Charters.
Captain Charlie’s motto is: “A grand time in Grand Cayman,” and allows you to choose three excursions in whichever order you wish, including Stingray City, Starfish Point and snorkelling at either Coral Gardens or the Barrier Reef.
Tours typically depart at 9 a.m. and the cost is US$500 for three hours or $650 for four hours; and $150 for each additional hour. Captain Charlie also offers fishing excursions, which depart at 7 or 8 a.m. A half-day of deep-sea fishing costs $700; and a half-day of reef fishing costs $500.
For more information or to book online, call (345) 324-1178; email [email protected]; or visit www.captaincharliecharters.com.
PARADISE SAILING AND SNORKELLING AND CAYMAN PRIVATE CHARTERS
Paradise Sailing and Snorkeling’s 44-foot sailing catamaran has a 44-person capacity and is ideal for large group tours. Its North Sound excursion includes a stop at Stingray City, snorkelling at nearby Barrier Reef and a visit to Starfish Point. The cost is US$99 and the boat departs at 9:30 a.m., returning at 2 p.m. You can also enjoy a sunset sail in the North Sound between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $39.
To book online, visit www.paradisesailingandsnorkeling.com; call (345) 936-7245; or email [email protected] for more information.
For a unique and exclusive boating experience, Cayman Private Charters offers highly customisable excursions on a variety of boats ranging in size from 36 feet to 60 feet.
“Every trip is different,” says Bill Baldwin, owner and operator of Paradise Sailing and Snorkeling and Cayman Private Charters. “There are so many things to do and so many toys, from a 10-person tube to a jet ski to water skis. We also offer scuba and hookah diving.”
Cayman Private Charters’ rates vary between $300 to $600 per hour, depending on the boat and activities you choose.
To learn more, visit www.caymanprivatecharters.com; call 926-2722; or email [email protected]