We booked this tour ourselves online before we cruised. It was $55 pp and Jonathon, our tour guide picked us up right in front of the pier and took us in a van to a roadside fruit market where you could try a variety of local fruits. Then, to a banana plantation where we saw the process of the planting all the way to boxing the bananas for export. Afterwards, we took a boat through the canal and saw many different birds, howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and lizards. From there a nice local lunch at a restaurant on the beach, then a short tour of the city and back to the boat.
We also booked this tour online for $85pp. Marelvy Pena-Hall, our tour guide, was there right as we exited the ship to take 4 of us in a van around the city. We went first to El Poppa for a tour of the old convent with awesome views of the city. We also went to a fort and then for some shopping. We left our van and walked through the old city seeing several old churches and lots of architectural buildings. You really got a feel for what it was like to live there. Then, we headed to the new city and drove through it's streets. Marelvy was extremely knowledgeable and passionate to share with you about her city. Nice tour!
The staff on the catamaran were very friendly. It was about a 45 minute ride to the snorkel site and back. They gave us they typical rum punch on the way back. The catamaran ride was the best part of this excursion.
We were a little disappointed in the snorkeling. We had 25 minutes at 2 different sites. The first a reef and the second a sunken ship. We felt we could have had more snorkeling time if we had just gone to the beach and seen just as many fish.