Grand Cayman Shore Excursions
Here is a selection of best Grand Cayman shore excursions off a cruise ship! When you dock at George Town on the island of Grand Cayman you will have plenty of outstanding options for day excursions. The island is a natural playground with many fascinating sights for you to enjoy as well as a variety of transportation options. You can choose from taking a West Bay Biking Tour to seeing West Bay in an open-air Land Rover 4x4. You can visit the Atlantis Adventure Center where you can explore the colorful underworld of the Caribbean Sea in a submarine where you will see plenty of colorful marine life and coral reefs at depths of 100 feet. Other excursion ideas range from a Cultural Walking Tour where you sample food and drink at over ten restaurants or visiting Barker’s National Park as well as the black limestone formation known as Hell. If you want you can visit the Cayman Turtle Farm or Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park or a combination of several sights. Read on for fun things to do in Grand Cayman off a cruise ship and be amazed at the friendly island guides and the genuine people you will meet.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: West Bay Bike Tour
The West Bay Bike Tour is the perfect Grand Cayman excursion for someone who wants to view the sights of the island while enjoying a light workout pedaling your bicycle. Your 3-hour excursion begins with pickup service at your cruise ship pier where you will be taken to Cracked Conch, a local restaurant. Once here you will meet your expert guide and be fitted with a bicycle and helmet. You will begin your 9.5-mile loop journey by peddling the West Bay area which is just north of the famous Seven Mile Beach. You will follow beach trails and backroads at a leisurely pace to avoid car traffic until you reach Boatswain Bay and the pristine nature preserve of Barker’s National Park. As you peddle you will see outstanding wildlife, the Cayman Turtle Farm and the Cayman Motor Museum. During your ride you will have the opportunity to meet several local vendors and learn interesting facts about Grand Cayman from your guide. You will also be able to enjoy several local restaurants like Cobalt Coast and Alfresco Restaurant where you can purchase snacks as well as refreshments. Your next stop will be the interesting black limestone formations known as Hell. Here you can send a postcard from Hell to all of your friends back home. You will follow the loop trail until you reach the Cracked Conch where your Grand Cayman shore excursion will end with drop-off service at your cruise ship pier.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: West Bay Tour by Land Rover
The West Bay Tour by Land Rover is the perfect selection of a Grand Cayman excursion for families who want to explore the island in a small group setting while visiting a nature preserve. Your 3.5-hour excursion begins with pickup service from you cruise ship pier by your expert guide who will give a narrative of interesting facts throughout your tour. You will be transported by an open-air Land Rover 4x4 and travel westward on Grand Cayman. Your first stop will be at Barker’s National Park which is a nature preserve of over 100-acres. You will travel along an isolated white sand beach and view the incredible tropical landscape. Next you will stop at Hell which is a famous black limestone rock formation on Grand Cayman. You will have plenty of time to explore and take photographs of this wonderful piece of nature. Your next stop will be at Tortuga Rum Cake Factory where you will sample some of the islands world famous rum cake. The last stop on your tour will be at the Cayman Turtle Farm where you will learn about the islands early turtle fishing industry as well as be able to touch and play with turtles. Your Grand Cayman shore excursion concludes with a ride back in your Land Rover to your cruise ship pier.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour by 4x4
The Island sightseeing Tour by 4x4 is ideal for families that want to view the historical sites of the island and enjoy a comfortable ride. This Grand Cayman excursion is 3.5-hours or 5.5-hours depending on time frame. You will begin by meeting your expert local guide at your cruise ship pier and then board a comfortable open-air Land Rover 4x4. You will travel over paved and undeveloped roads to various locations with your first stop at Pedro St. James Guest House, also known as “The Castle” by the locals. The fabulous house has been a courthouse, parliament building, a restaurant and even a jail since being constructed in 1831. You can walk to manicured gardens and watch a 20-minute video about the early settlement of Grand Cayman and the surrounding islands. From here you will travel eastward on the island until you reach the famed Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. You will have ample time to walk the pristine gardens and view the native flora as well as various animals including the Blue Iguana. After this stop you will travel along the eastern shoreline in search of blow holes which erupt like geysers as the turbulent ocean waters push through the various caves on the island. During you excursion you will enjoy a lunch of Caribbean cuisine prepared by locals (lunch is not included in the 3.5-hour tour). After a short drive along the shoreline your Grand Cayman shore excursion will conclude with drop-off service at your cruise ship pier.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: Atlantis Submarine Expedition
The Atlantis Submarine Expedition is the perfect Grand Cayman excursion for families to learn and see the exquisite marine life of Grand Cayman. Your 90-minute excursion has many departures times throughout the day and begins with a short five minute walk from your cruise ship pier to the Atlantis Adventure Center. Once at the center you will be taken to a transfer vessel where you will have a short 5-minute boat ride. As you approach the loading area, you will see the submarine come up from the water and unload the passengers from the previous trip. Once the submarine is ready you will submerge into the wonderful underwater world of the Caribbean Sea. As you travel through the Grand Cayman’s Underwater Marine Park you will be amazed by the brightly colored fish and coral reefs which are loaded with marine life. You will dive to depths of 100 feet and you will not have any problems because the cabin is pressurized as well as air-conditioned. When your 45-minutes venture is over you will have lasting memories of the beautiful marine life. After this Grand Cayman shore excursion concludes you will simply walk 5-minutes back to your cruise ship pier.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: Semi-Submarine and Fish Feeding Show
The Semi-Submarine and Fish Feeding Show is an ideal selection for families that are interested in viewing marine life while riding in a semi-submarine. Your 60-minute Grand Cayman excursion begins with a short walk to the Atlantis Submarine Center. Once here you will proceed to board your semi-submarine that is similar a large viewing bubble. Your captain will give an interesting narrative as you travel into this exciting underwater world. You will view a shipwreck from the 1944 where you will have an excellent opportunity to watch hundreds of colorful fish and other marine life as they swim around the coral crusted shipwreck of the Cali. Your next viewing stop will be to Cheeseburger Reef where an expert diver will feed the numerous fish as you watch them swim from your window. Your Seaworld Explorer underwater vehicle when then travel to where in 1932 the large freighter, the Balboa broke into several pieces when traveling through a hurricane. Many of pieces of the cargo of wood she was carrying later used to construct buildings in present day George Town. After your Grand Cayman shore excursion concludes you will travel a short distance back to your cruise ship pier or you can venture into George Town.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park is a great way for families to learn about the animals and fauna of the island. Your 3-hour Grand Cayman excursion begins when you meet your local expert guide at your cruise ship pier. You will travel in a comfortable coach through Georgetown and the first capital city of Bodden Town while listening to interesting fact about Grand Cayman and the region. Your will arrive at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park where you have ample time to explore. This botanical garden has two phases that will bring to life the outstanding flora and small creatures of the island. The first phase will highlight the native flora of Cayman and the second phase features a variety of Cayman gardens that exhibit exquisite exotic flora. You will have time to explore the interpretive signs and multimedia exhibits. You will have time to stroll the Tea House, Heritage Garden and many more. Your last stop is the Stingray Brewery where you will sample the finest of beers that are brewed on the island. This Grand Cayman shore excursion ends with drop-off service at your cruise ship pier.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: West Bay Sightseeing Tour
The West Bay Sightseeing Tour is a great way for you to spend the day exploring some of the more unique locations on Grand Cayman. Your 2.5-hour Grand Cayman excursion begins with pickup service at your cruise ship pier by your expert guide who will give an interesting narrative throughout the tour. From here you will travel by air-conditioned coach to tour and photograph the Governor’s Residence situated on the spectacular Seven Mile Beach. Your second stop will be at the world’s only green sea turtle farm where you will view these beautiful creatures from hatching to swimming in lagoons. The tropical landscape is superb at this farm and you can even hold a green sea turtle while you take photographs. Next you will travel to the famous rock formations found at Hell. This special place is incredible around sunset when the pools of water turn into an orange glow and looks like a great hellfire. Your last stop will at the Tortuga Rum Shoppe where you will have a chance to shop duty-free and try delicious rum cakes. This Grand Cayman shore excursion ends with a drop-off service back at your cruise ship terminal.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: Conch Shell House and Pedro St James Great House
The Conch Shell House and Pedro St. James Great House tour is ideal when you want to learn more about the fascinating history of the island and region. Your 2.5-hour tour begins with pickup service by an expert guide who will be explaining many intricate historical facts throughout your Grand Cayman excursion. Your first stop will be at the famed Conch Shell House. Constructed in 1935 of over 4,000 conch shells the building was once used by the U.S. Navy to store munitions during WWII. Your next stop will be at Pedro St. James Great House. Built in 1831, this great house is unique and has had many uses from a jail, restaurant, courthouse and even a government assembly location. You will have plenty of time to tour the gardens, the great house and visitor center. Your last stop will at the Cayman Brewery where you will enjoy a freshly brewed beer. Your Grand Cayman shore excursion will conclude with drop-off service at your cruise ship pier.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: Jet Ski Tour to Stingray City
The Jet Ski Tour to Stingray City is great for someone looking for a small group and multiple activities. Your 2.5-hour Grand Cayman excursion has numerous departure times throughout the day and begins when you meet your expert local guide at your cruise ship terminal. From here you will be transported to the Cayman Islands Yacht Club in West Bay. Your guide will show you a safety video and fit you with a life vest as well as snorkeling equipment before setting out on your jet ski. You will travel by jet ski around 30-minutes until you reach Stingray City Sandbar. Once at the sandbar you will standup in the shallow 2-4 feet warm Caribbean Sea and be able to touch numerous southern stingrays that are swimming in the blue water. You will then jet ski a short distance until you reach Grand Cayman’s Barrier Reef. You will have 30-minutes to snorkel around the 6-10 feet deep colorful coral reef and the stunning marine life. Don’t forget to bring your camera on this exciting Cayman Islands shore excursion. Your tour ends with drop-off service at your cruise ship pier. The minimum age for this tour is 5 years of age and jet ski drivers must be 16 years age or older.
Grand Cayman Shore Excursion: Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort Day Pass
The Westin Grand Seven Mile Beach Resort Day Pass is a great way to relax and enjoy the fabulous white sand at Seven Mile Beach. Your 8-hour Grand Cayman excursion begins by taking a short taxi ride from your cruise ship pier to the 4-star Westin Grand Seven Mile Beach Resort. Once at this gorgeous resort you will have access to all of the facilities on the property where you can purchase a variety of food and drink packages for the day. You will enjoy the huge freshwater swimming pool with a swim-up bar, several restaurants onsite and the full service spa as well as the other amenities offered on the property. The beautiful Seven Mile Beach is perfect for a swim and you can rent a variety of motorized and non-motorized watersport equipment. This Grand Cayman shore excursion is the ideal place to restore your body while enjoying some top notch amenities. Your tour concludes with a short taxi ride back to your cruise ship terminal.