I can honestly say that swimming with stingrays isn’t something that was ever on my bucket list. They look like very intimidating creatures, and I wasn’t exactly jumping at the chance to be that close to something that has the word “sting” in its name, even though Ashley’s character does it while on her date in Holiday in the Sun, but I digress.
As I mentioned before, Half Moon Cay is easily the most beautiful beach I’ve ever visited, and while horseback riding was my priority as far as excursions go on the island, I heard from many sources that swimming with stingrays was an absolute must.
I originally booked the excursion by myself, but I was so happy when my friend, Elena, decided to join me after we ran into each other at lunch on the beach. I also knew that my friend, Azamat, would be taking photos during the excursion, so I knew I would have some good company.
The stingrays were absolutely ginormous, which was completely unexpected to me. It took me quite some time to get used to the idea of these huge, slimy creatures swimming all around me. There were so many of them everywhere, and every time one brushed up against my leg, I got the heebie jeebies. At the beginning of the excursion, we got the chance to use our snorkel gear to swim around with the stingrays, and at first it was a pretty intimidating experience to me.
Our instructor had all of us stand in a circle which signaled feeding time for the stingrays. During this time, they were all swimming in and out of the circle, touching our legs and freaking people out. I was fine at this point, but there were two ladies who were losing their minds, and they debated leaving the area for this portion.
When it was my turn to feed, the instructor took my hand, put some food in it, and the stingrays just sucked it right up. It happened so quickly, and it felt so strange.
Later, we got the opportunity to pet the stingrays, and the instructor made him spray me with water! In addition to that, we also passed around and learned about a few other creatures that live in the ocean around the island, including starfish and conch.
If you ever get the chance to go snorkeling with stingrays, especially in the Bahamas, I highly recommend it. It’s such a unique experience that you don’t get to do everywhere. It may seem a little scary at first, but it’s absolutely unforgettable.