Today we went on one of those touristy adventure packages. The hotel gave us $1500 in resort credit, so we used some of it on things of this nature. This package was called the "Sting Ray Adventure" or something to that effect. I went into it thinking it would be, you know, "touristy," but it turned out to be pretty damn fun and educational.
The rays are in the open sea, although there is a fence along three sides that creates a very large pen. For the first half of the tour we stood in the shallow water while our guide showed us rays and talked about their habitat, anatomy, diet and reproduction. We fed them, held them and posed for pictures.
During the second half of the tour we snorkeled with the rays, and it was cool. The pen is so large that it feels like open water. Regardless, it was awesome to swim in such close quarters with these huge, graceful creatures.
I'll let the pictures tell the rest.
It was a great experience and I am very glad we did it.