I think I had my expectations a bit higher because of rave reviews and while they were very good the 24 person catamaran was about the same as other excursions I had done. I suspect the personal attention would be much higher on the 12 person. Crew polite and fellow passengers were great. Lots of space to spread out and meal was good. Blender broken so no pina coladas (and if that is your biggest complaint for a day things are pretty good:) Meal was good if not exceptional and the warm banana bread was great.
A beautiful sailing day, swam with the turtles taking lots of pictures and over the shipwreck, good but not the best snorkeling I was able to do this trip. Lovely time all together and will definitely try to be back with them next yer.
Roads here are not something I would attempt, still trying to figure out how they would pass each other:) Driver was excellent though and felt completely safe. Gorgeous views on the drive, beautiful rainforest country. My favorite island I think.
It did let me know I would be snorkeling down at Trunk Bay next year, absolutely stunningly beautiful.
Two couples and I asked to be taken back early to the ship and Rose was great in doing so and coming back for the 4 who had wanted to stay at the beach. Definitely would recomend Rose & Jim although I will pick another tour operator next time just for a different perspective on the island. Again drought here but still green and lovely. Great photo ops at Brimstone fortress/coastline and Batik factory grounds.
Rum punch was awesome, and the food stop for a mixture of sampler trays of local foods was great (Piton chicken amazing). Lots of stops for pictures, a small boat ride over to a beach (fires burning all over the island since they had no rain for 3 monts) so the beach stop was a bit shorter than normal, falling rocks from the cliffs/fire kept us from snorkeling. We didn't see any but security was clearing out every one. Since I had forgotten to bring a swimsuit (Reminder to self, never forget your swimsuit you will be getting wet/swimming:)
Ended with a stop on the way back to the boat for hot bread/cheese that was amazing.. I am still in awe at the smooth running of this excursion, we were out for 7hrs and it flew by, saw an incredible amount of the island. Great job by Cosal and definitely will repeat next year. If this is the island with a 3 month drought I want to see it at its best. Lovely
Snorkeled at three different locations and he tried to get us close to watch a Regatta that was taking place that day, sails as far as the eye could see which was a nice bonus. Since they can't go where they used to for the volcanic mud bath he brought some along and took us to a beautiful beach and brought a bucket with the mud he mixed up. With his promises this would take off 16years:) we slathered up with the mud, let it dry then off for a swim in the bluest water I've ever seen. Fun and it really did make my skin feel amazing. You will however be showering off sand back at the ship, well worth it.
Wonderful way to end the cruise, fast bouncy boat ride, lots of snorkeling and laughter. Another repeat for next year, they usually see turtles etc per our guide, even without special sightings a great day.