Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with Southern Stingrays (Dasyatis Americana)? If you love the water and you’re curious about the world, a trip which includes “swimming with stingrays” on the itinerary is already a winner for most people, and something that a Grand Turk vacation can offer. The thing is that there’s swimming with stingrays and then there’s swimming with stingrays at Gibbs Cay, and our Turks and Caicos resort —Bohio — can take you there.
1. Tropical waters
Not all stingrays live in the tropical waters of the Caribbean. If you’re going to swim with stingrays, Gibbs Cay is the perfect place for the experience because the waters are warm, shallow and crystal clear. The sand is pure white and incredibly fine. Temperatures range between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (26 – 32 degrees Celsius) all year round. At Gibbs Cay the Sting Rays come right up to the shoreline which makes this destination unique.
2. As tame as a puppy dog?
The Southern Stingrays which live at Gibbs Cay are incredibly friendly and appear to enjoy the interaction with humans. Not all Southern Stingrays are so accustomed to spending time with humans whilst remaining in their natural habitat. You’ll be able to swim alongside them, look them in the eyes and have the opportunity to take some stunning photos that will amaze your family and friends. National Geographic, look out!
3. Plenty to see
At Gibbs Cay, you’re almost 100% guaranteed the chance to swim with Stingrays, whatever time of year you choose to visit. You won’t be disappointed from your trip and getting close to nature won’t be a problem. We’ll also pack everything you may need for the perfect afternoon including cold drinks and lunch!
4. Safety and respect comes first
Learn how to treat Southern Stingrays with respect. Swimming with marine life in a calm and respectful manner is what we promote at Bohio. Our experienced snorkeling team will show you how to stay in the water with these elegant sea creatures, without causing them any distress or placing yourselves in danger. Southern Stingrays do use their tails to sting when defending themselves, but there’s nothing to be frightened of if you follow the instructions of our expert guides.
5. Learn and educate
The Southern Stingrays which live at Gibbs Cay are respected by the people who live and work on Turks & Caicos Islands as well as the tourists who visit, because responsible tourism is part of what we instill here as a community. Visiting and swimming with ocean life at Gibbs Cay is the perfect way to learn about Southern Stingrays so that you can take that knowledge back home and share with friends and family.
There are a number of videos across the Internet, which show divers from different parts of the globe tormenting and harassing the many species of stingray (there are nine stingray species across the world), setting out to deliberately cause these creatures distress and discomfort. The natural habitat at Gibbs Cay is a place that we all need to respect. Visiting the Southern Stingrays with our team will show you exactly how to look after and respect these ocean beauties, whilst enjoying the experience of swimming alongside them, too.