Dip into Nassau's beautiful waters to catch a glimpse of the spectacular coral reefs hidden just below the surface. Snorkeling provides access to this unforgettable underwater world without the difficulty and training necessary for full on scuba.
SEAHORSE TOUR: Usual catamaran snorkel trip. Daughter went into the water but we were still tired from our long trip of the previous day so just enjoyed the ride on the water. Nice lady on the boat pointed out Oprah Winfrey's home on the water, the one with several tall arches. She didn't wave :)
The crew was not very engaging. They didn't seem to want to be there, and acted as if the entire trip was interfering with their day. They were not friendly at all. We boated for about an hour, and the sea was so rough, the captain finally just call it all off. We did get a full refund for the excursion.
We booked the Snuba through Stuart Cove's. Neither of us had snorkeled before but were comfortable swimming in the ocean. This proved to be a poor decision. My husband was not able to regulate his breathing and returned to the boat after about 10 minutes. Though I was able to swim, my mask was foggy and I was unable to see anything. I had read other reviews remarking on the patience of the guides. While we found them to be friendly and polite, I was a little disappointed to feel rushed. I think this was largely because you swim in groups of 4 and the other 2 were more experienced, but it was still disappointing.
Seahorse Sailing and Snorkeling. It was around three hours. The catamaran left the dock and sailed for around 45 minutes. You were allowed to snorkel around a decent reef. Then on the way back we were given a rum beverage. The ship made a stop at Margaritaville on Paradise Island where some passengers got off, later we had a great view of the five ships in port and we were dropped off on the main drag in town.
Some of the boat crew of the "Sea Star" were complete condescending jerks, but the snorkeling made it all worthwhile. Oh, that Atlantic water is COLD man! Seriously, inflate your vest before jumping in. I had cold water shock for a few minutes while trying to blow in that little tube, it was awkward.
We chose the Rainbow Reef snorkeling excursion and it was wonderful! We had a half hour boat ride out to the reef, and instructions on how to use the equipment. We went off the boat. The staff were very helpful and did their best to keep everyone happy. We saw a beautiful array of fish, and I'm just sorry I didn't borrow my daughter's Go Pro because the view was breathtaking. This excursion is really worth it!
"Rainbow reef snorkel". Took a large double decker boat out to a reef at the opposite end of the harbour. Roughly an hour of snorkeling with tons of fish (they feed them). Tour of the harbour on the way back to the ship.
Great value at $29. Boat was serviceable, not fancy. Reef was a bit bleached out but still had lots of tropicals. Equipment was new and good quality. Overall, a pleasant boat ride and snorkel experience for thirty bucks!
Good trip - crew explained all about the process for using snorkel and getting off/on boat. My only problem was that I had never snorkeled from a boat and was uncomfortable getting my mask in position when I couldn't stand on the beach.
While it was somewhat understandable that the island was still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Matthew, is seemed inexcusable why we were still allowed to attempt the excursion. First, the excursion staff seemed totally unprepared for the number of guests booked from the 3 ships that were in port. They decided to pile everyone (approximately 75-100 passengers) onto one catamaran to "sail" to the snorkeling location. Prior to leaving the port, the operator had to obtain enough equipment from a second boat in order for everyone to have both goggles/snorkels and flippers. Second, they had no refreshments available on board at the time they picked everyone up. Again, due to the proximity of how recently the hurricane hit, it is understandable that bottled water was scarce on the island, but to have nothing seems like poor preparation. After the equipment was all loaded aboard the one boat, we were taken to a fuel dock so the staff could get a water cooler to fill with water for the passengers to drink. Third, and probably most importantly, once we finally reached the location we were to be snorkeling, we were told the water was too cloudy (again due to the recent storm) and would not be allowed to get in the water. We were then brought back to town and dropped off and told we would need to contact our cruise staff regarding any refunds (which we later found out that the cruise line was told by the snorkeling operator that everything went fine). To me, it would have made sense for the company operating the excursion to send someone to the snorkeling site to verify the conditions in the morning before we boarded the catamaran rather than wasting over 2 hours of our time in port.
Rainbow reef was beautiful and had a good number of fish. The tour was pretty basic but it was very reasonably priced. Wouldn't recommend for a first time snorkle, go on a catamaran sail/snorkle tour with fewer people, more personalized service.
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