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Grand Cayman Dive Operators

If Stingray City is your goal, realize that some operators carry up to 200 people, others only 15-20. And make sure your chosen operator goes to Sand Bar, not the deeper version of Stingray City that's more suitable for divers.

Bayside Watersports runs only snorkel trips to Sand Bar using a variety of boats, some carrying as few as 10 and other up to 20-25. Private charters also available. Trips leave at 10 and 1:30 and include Stingray City Sand Bar, the barrier reef and the Aquarium Coral Gardens. The same spots plus a snorkel for conch for your lunch leaves at 9 a.m., returns at 3p.m. The guides are especially skilled at handling the rays, moray eels and nurse sharks. Call 345/949-3200; website.

Don Foster's Dive Cayman: Also located in George Town on the waterfront with photo and watersports center. Call 800/83-DIVER. Website

Captain Marvin's: Captain Marvin Ebanks is the originator of Stingray City and now in his 80s he still makes the snorkel/lunch trip every day. One of Grand Cayman's true legends. Call 345/945-4590; website. Also see the history of Capt. Marvin.

Eden Rock Diving Center: Shore dives include Eden Rock and Devil's Grotto, two of the most famous beach dives. Offshore reef trips also available. Call 345/949-7243. Website

Ocean Frontiers: Specializing in East End diving and snorkeling; also technical diving. Call 800/544-6576. Website

Red Sail Sports: The largest dive operator on the island with offices in most of the major hotels. It also has a complete line of water toys on Seven Mile Beach and Rum Point. Call 877-RED-SAIL. Website

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