What to do and see in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: The Best Bus Tours

May 19, 2022 Randal Brittian

The farther you go from Grand Cayman's busy docks, the more peace and quiet you'll find. At Stingray City (actually a sandbar), stingrays swim alongside you in the tranquil waters. Closer to town, travelers report finding some of the best massage and spa services anywhere in the Caribbean.
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1. Cayman Crystal Caves & Pedro St James Castle Tour in Grand Cayman

Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, George Town, Cayman Islands CayTours
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

This tour will take you to the 2 historic and iconic architectural and cultural locations in Grand Cayman- The Cayman Crystal Caves & Pedro St James Castle. This tour is best for those who like to learn about history and the culture of the cities that they travel too but are not scared of a little adventure while learning more about new places.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Private transportation, Bottled water, All Fees and Taxes, Free pick up and drop from Cruise Port or Accommodation in George Town or Seven Mile Beach

Exclusions: Lunch, Alcoholic Beverages

Reviewed By DinaMBS

Booked an excursion to Crystal Caves with this company. They asked us to change our original departure time and were late to pick us up at the hotel. The driver gave a brief explanation of the island but was hard to hear over the noise of the van and he didn't seem very enthusiastic. The ride to the Caves was about a half hour and the vehicle was air-conditioned. Driver waited when we went through Caves with a guide. On return, driver seemed like we bothered him when we returned as he was eating and he had to press a button to open the van door. Maybe he was having a bad day. Not very personable when others asked questions about the island and sites. We tipped him although we probably shouldn't have (hopefully his day got better after that) but he drove well and got us there and back safely.

2. Shore Excursion: Grand Cayman The Far Side Small Group Tour

Grand Cayman Cruise Terminal, George Town, Cayman Islands Wow A Tour: Grand Cayman
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This tour is a perfect if looking to get away from the large crowds, our small group tours offers relaxation and all the sights and delights from the far side of Grand Cayman.

Inclusions: Guided Tour of Grand Cayman, Relaxation at Rum Point

Exclusions: Food and Drinks

3. Stingray City Experience from Grand Cayman (2-Stops Adventure)

Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, George Town, Cayman Islands Rowan Water Sports
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4.6 based on 286 reviews

Visit Stingray City — one of the Cayman Islands’ top attractions — on this 2-3 hour morning or afternoon tour. Accessible only by boat or other watercraft, Stingray City is home to an abundance of free-swimming stingrays, who glide around the clear, shallow water. You'll also visit either Coral Gardens or Barrier Reef to snorkel. This family-friendly experience includes round-trip hotel transportation on Grand Cayman and the boat ride to and from Stingray City.

Inclusions: Local Guide, Hotels pickup and drop-off, Cruise Ship Port pickup and Drop-off, Boat transport to Stingray City Sand bar, Beverages (water, juice or fruit punch) , Use of Snorkeling equipment (Goggles, Life Vest and Fins)

Exclusions: Gratuities

Reviewed By Travel_Cherish

The owners and crew made visiting Stingray City one of the best experiences of my life. I wanted to swim with the stingrays on my birthday and had booked a spot with a different company days before, but the night before the trip, that boat wasn't full enough and it was canceled. Fortunately I was able to get a spot with Rowan Water Sports at the very last minute and got to snorkel while the stingrays circled around being fed, held a giant stingray and took some amazing photos. Robert and the staff was extremely kind and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this company and thank them for making my birthday so special!

4. Starfish, Stingray and Coral Garden (3-Stop Adventure)

Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, George Town, Cayman Islands Rowan Water Sports
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4.6 based on 66 reviews

Enjoy the relaxing 20 minute boat ride out to our amazing sandbar. With your very own Captain and Crew, this ride includes a relaxing moment, with breeze blowing through your hair and the beautiful Caribbean sun to give you the perfect tan. Also viewing the beautiful gem of the Cayman Islands the deep blue sea getting along with this a bonus view of the North side of the Cayman Islands. Next arriving to the famous Stingray Sandbar where you get to interact with the rays playing, feeding and even kiss the rays with having your photographs taken for future memories with our local photographer (not included in the price) for 25- 30 minutes. Then we skip on down to the famous Coral Garden for where you snorkel the tropical coral and its fishes up to 30 minutes. Finally we head on down to the famous Starfish Point Beach spending 15-20 minutes observing and interacting with these beautiful underwater creatures where you will not find nowhere else in the world.

Inclusions: Bottled water, Beverages, Local driver/guide, HOTELS : Pickup/Drop-off , CRUISE SHIP PORT: Pickup/Drop-off, Air-conditioned vehicle, Free Blue Bans To Pass

Exclusions: Lunch, Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Reviewed By Travel_Cherish

The owners and crew made visiting Stingray City one of the best experiences of my life. I wanted to swim with the stingrays on my birthday and had booked a spot with a different company days before, but the night before the trip, that boat wasn't full enough and it was canceled. Fortunately I was able to get a spot with Rowan Water Sports at the very last minute and got to snorkel while the stingrays circled around being fed, held a giant stingray and took some amazing photos. Robert and the staff was extremely kind and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this company and thank them for making my birthday so special!

5. Stingray City, Snorkeling at Barrier Reef, Starfish Beach

Captain Bryan's Sail & Snorkel Tours, Turnberry Drive Grand Cayman KY1, 1205, Cayman Islands Captain Bryan's Sail and Snorkel Tours
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Explore 3 unique sites with us... Starfish Beach, Stingray City and the Barrier Reef! Length of Tour: ~3 hours We will take you to the world famous Stingray City Sandbar where you will have the chance to interact with the Southern Stingrays. The Barrier Reef is your snorkel stop where you will snorkel with an array of colorful fish and beautiful coral. Your final stop will be Starfish Beach. Here you will be able to interact and take pictures of the starfish in their natural environment and enjoy the beautiful white sand beach. After all the excitement, we will take you on a relaxing 35 minute ride back to our dock where you will be picked up by your awaiting bus and driven back to the cruise ship pier. Complimentary: transportation to the boat and back to cruise ship terminal or hotel/condo (select locations only), snorkeling gear, water, punch, ice and squid for the Stingrays. USD Rates: $56.50 (11years+), $46.50 (4-10yrs), Free (0-3 yrs) .

Inclusions: Very friendly and experienced staff, Interaction with Southern Stingrays at the Stingray City Sandbar, Snorkeling at the Barrier Reef, Relax and interact with sea stars at Starfish Beach, Beverages (punch), Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected), Round-trip Transportation in air conditioned bus (cruise ship terminal to boat), Snorkeling Equipment, Water, Life Vests, Squid (to feed the stingrays)

Exclusions: Towels, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Snacks or Meals

Reviewed By joycer542

We had booked this excursion on our cruise ship and were looking forward to it as it was a beautiful day. The staff were great and very helpful However the two sites we visited were close to the town and the snorkeling was meager some fish nothing spectacular. The wreck was interesting but again not in pristine waters we expecting. I would have like to cruise farther and gone to just one place with more opportunity to see wildlife.

6. Rum and Beer Tour with Lunch

North Terminal, 31 Harbour Dr, George Town, Cayman Islands Amvivo
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4.3 based on 123 reviews

This is the perfect excursion for party seekers visiting this beautiful island paradise.  Sample many varieties of local rum and beer and delicious local foods. Groups larger that 11 may opt to private. Note entrance fee not included. Please contact customer support for pricing.

Inclusions: Cruise Port pickup and drop-off, Professional guide, Bottled water, Complimentary Local lunch, Entrance fee

Exclusions: Gratuities

Reviewed By allysonh286

Excellent service both to and from the airport! Both drivers were friendly and loved sharing their knowledge of the island. Very safe, efficient, great service. Greeted off the plane with a cold Cayman brew and lots of laughts on the road!When back in the Cayman's I will definitely use their service!

7. Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: West Bay Tour by Land Rover

Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands Cayman Safari Adventures
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4.3 based on 16 reviews

Take in the highlights of western Grand Cayman when your cruise ship docks in George Town. On this half-day tour, hop into an open-air 4x4 Land Rover and cruise down a secluded stretch of beach lined with mangroves in Barker’s National Park. Mail a postcard from the town of Hell after eyeing an eerie cluster of spiky limestone rock. Place tiny turtles in your hands at Cayman Turtle Farm, and taste a delicious concoction at Tortuga Rum Cake Store. Pickup and drop-off from George Town port are included. Numbers are limited to eight passengers to ensure a personalized experience on this small-group tour.

Inclusions: Local guide, Rum cake tasting, Port pickup and drop-off, Worry-free shore excursion guarantee

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Reviewed By BusyMomofTwoKiddos

We loved this excursion! Our group was myself, husband, and two daughters (7 & 11) and another couple. We were early in the morning (9am) so we were at the caves before the cruise chips came in - we had the whole place to our self (well, and the bats). We had a great tour of a lot of the island, stopped at the blow holes for photos (beautiful), and went to explore the caves! Yves was a wonderful funny guide. He made the trip even better with the knowledge of the place he loves - you can tell he enjoys his career! This was our favorite thing we did on our trip.

8. Cayman Crystal Caves Tour in Grand Cayman Island

Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, George Town, Cayman Islands CayTours
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4.2 based on 13 reviews

Situated in a lush tropical forest in Northside, Grand Cayman, Cayman Crystal Caves is the Island’s newest nature tourist attraction. All visitors receive guided walking tours. Tours are approximately 1.5 hours and take you through the surrounding tropical forest area and 3 spectacular caves. You will venture into amazing caves where you’ll see stalactite and stalagmite crystal structures and other worldly formations, formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Tour through the unique tropical forest nature, under which the caves formed. Amongst the forest and caves is captivating tropical plant and animal life, including strangler balsam trees, air plants, and bats.

Inclusions: Live commentary on board, Professional guide, Hotel/port pickup and drop-off. Hotel pick up and drop off only from hotels located in George Town or Seven Mile Beach areas., Guaranteed to skip the long lines, Walking tour. Please wear comfortable footwear., Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Lunch, Gratuities

Reviewed By DinaMBS

Booked an excursion to Crystal Caves with this company. They asked us to change our original departure time and were late to pick us up at the hotel. The driver gave a brief explanation of the island but was hard to hear over the noise of the van and he didn't seem very enthusiastic. The ride to the Caves was about a half hour and the vehicle was air-conditioned. Driver waited when we went through Caves with a guide. On return, driver seemed like we bothered him when we returned as he was eating and he had to press a button to open the van door. Maybe he was having a bad day. Not very personable when others asked questions about the island and sites. We tipped him although we probably shouldn't have (hopefully his day got better after that) but he drove well and got us there and back safely.

9. Seven Mile Beach Getaway

North Terminal, 31 Harbour Dr, George Town, Cayman Islands Amvivo
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4.1 based on 33 reviews

Spend a few hours soaking up the rays of the Caribbean sun. Relax in the tropical waters of the famous Seven Mile Beach, a long crescent shaped coral-sand beach on the western end of Grand Cayman Island. Seven Mile Beach is known for its beauty, recently receiving the honor of "The Caribbean's Best Beach" from Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine. The tans may fade but your memories will last forever. Groups larger that 11 may opt to private. Please contact customer support for pricing.

Inclusions: Cruise Port pick-up and drop-off, Bottled water, Complementary snorkel mask & fins (credit card is required)

Exclusions: Food and snacks (available to purchase), Lounge chairs & umbrellas (available to rent), Water sports (available to rent), Life jacket (bring your own)

Reviewed By bindinala13

The rum stops and our guide were great. Need more travel sized purchased options. The lunch was horrid and inedible.

10. History & Heritage Tour of Grand Cayman Island

Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, George Town, Cayman Islands CayTours
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Embark on a journey to see and experience the rich culture, history and heritage of the Cayman Islands. With moderate climate through the year and a warm and welcoming local population, the Cayman Islands culture and heritage is a sight to behold. The Cayman Islands today are a mix of people from various regions of the world who have moved here and love to call the Islands their Home. Although the island has close historical and political connections to the United Kingdom, the culture and lifestyle of the Cayman Islands is strongly Americanized. Stops: Cayman Islands National Museum  George Town Post Office Government Administration Building Cayman Islands Courthouse Governor’s Residence Tortuga Rum Cake Factory Pedro St James Castle Authentic Caymanian Lunch (Cost of lunch not included)

Inclusions: Driver/guide, Live commentary on board, Hotel/port pickup and drop-off. Only from hotels in George Town and Seven Mile Beach., Guaranteed to skip the long lines, Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Lunch, Gratuities

Reviewed By DinaMBS

Booked an excursion to Crystal Caves with this company. They asked us to change our original departure time and were late to pick us up at the hotel. The driver gave a brief explanation of the island but was hard to hear over the noise of the van and he didn't seem very enthusiastic. The ride to the Caves was about a half hour and the vehicle was air-conditioned. Driver waited when we went through Caves with a guide. On return, driver seemed like we bothered him when we returned as he was eating and he had to press a button to open the van door. Maybe he was having a bad day. Not very personable when others asked questions about the island and sites. We tipped him although we probably shouldn't have (hopefully his day got better after that) but he drove well and got us there and back safely.

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