This stretch of sandy seafloor in the North Sound is a meeting place for southern stingrays. As soon as you enter the water, you'll be swarmed by these prehistoric creatures, who glide over in search of squid. Boat tours have pretty standardized itineraries – feed, stroke and photograph. The tours usually make one or two snorkel stops afterwards.
Lots of tour operators take clients here, including Captain Marvin's Watersports. Dive shops lead trips to a nearby, slightly deeper site (14ft), so divers are underwater while stroking and feeding the animals.
Studies have shown that the stingrays have both unusual growth (since they have an unbalanced diet) and have oddball schedules (normally they are nocturnal). It's not the wildest wildlife you'll ever meet, but it's a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with a stingray. To avoid crowds, visit on a day when there's no cruise ship in port.