Grand Turk Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
We took the ultimate snorkeling tour (2 hours) for $49/person. This is about the same cost as if I went on shore and did it independently. As it turned out, it was better to book on the ship because where the ship docked looked like a tourist enclosed outpost which a long beach and stores specific to cruise ship tourists. We ended up on a Catamaran which was professionally operated(they include every snorkel equipment of good quality) and we stopped in two areas for a 30-40minute snorkel. One was to the famous wall where I am sure the diving would have been very good, but the snorkeling was just okay. They had to feed the fish to get them to come over. The second place had more coral and we did see a nurse shark. It was not the best snorkeling in terms of coral and fish but still enjoyable and worth doing. Just note that if you are part of the morning snorkel group, it will take a long time to get off the ship due to issues with disembarkation logistics. Everyone seemed to be getting off the ship at the same time.
Captain Daniel and JJ were excellent. Our group of 7 had the boat to ourselves to tour Gibbs Cay. The island was so fun to explore with the crab tracks that looked like a highway, beautiful conch shells unlike any we have ever seen, and snorkeling. We noticed the cruise ship trips with 40 people and they all rushed to snorkel to the same spot, completely missing the island shelling and wildlife. The value of this trip was incredible and they even stopped at another spot away from all the cruise folks for a bit more snorkeling.
First time ever on a catamaran and snorkelling! So much fun! I was a little nervous to snorkel. Didn't know how I would feel once in the water with all the fish swimming around. However, it turns out that is was an incredible experience! I highly recommend snorkelling if you get the opportunity to do it. Just beautiful and peaceful to see all the colourful fish everywhere.
After snorkelling we sailed to a private beach on the catamaran. The crew was friendly and turned up the tunes so people could dance and have a great time. The beach was gorgeous and they offered refreshments like rum punch or juice and some snacks for no extra charge. It was a great time.
My bathing suit cover-up blew into the water on the ride back to the ship and one of the kind crew members dove in and retrieved it for me. I was so grateful! Very fun excursion, and I can't wait to do it again!
While the Bahamian Islands have some excellent snorkeling, the Gran Truk Ultimate snorkeling experience is sad. The boat, crew, and equipment were great, but the reef is heavily silted, and appeared to be dying. The fish species were few in variety and number, though the water was very clear (it had been very calm for days). There wasn’t much activity at the wall site. We’ve snorkeled around the world and this was a sub-par snorkeling experience. Find another dive site.
Long boat ride there were lots of people out there from the ship that paid a lot more then we did. We barely got to see the shark because so many people were there. But it was better then sitting on the shore
Great snorkeling trip. Just took the regular boat, not the catamaran.
Best snorkeling site this cruise, and right off the boat (no long swim) Crew was excellent, boat nice and water perfect. Only food offered was Oreos (cookies), and no beer, but lots of rum punch.
Our boat met us right at the beach and we enjoyed the day snorkeling all over the island. We went to Corn Reef, the Wall and another area known for sharks. Our captain was JJ and first mate Jamal - they were lots of fun and knew all the good spots to snorkel. They brought along some bread to feed fish - I would definitely suggest bringing your own supply, it is amazing to have that many fish all around you! Was apprehensive about swimming with the sharks, but I am so glad that we did!! I was the "shark whisperer" and spotted three different ones! They were all about 5-6 feet in length. A guide from another boat fed shark some sardines and then grabbed it by fin and took up so that people could touch it. After snorkeling in 3 spots, we went to other end of Grand Turk to Gibbs Cay and swam with stingrays. We also were entertained by JJ and his brothers doing flips on the beach. JJ let each of the kids drive the boat and dropped us off back at beach in time to visit Margaritaville and gift shops. Bought some unique items in the Dizzy Donkey store as well as souveniers at RonJon. The water is so amazing in Grand Turk, so blue and beautiful. I will definitely go back there.
Ship tours leaned more towards walking torus, sightseeing and shopping. We did take an independent snorkeling tour in Grand Turk, and it was FABOULOUS. Some of the best reefs we have ever seen. Our guy gave us plenty of time at each spot. we saw nurse sharks, eels, barracuda, so many fish it was hard to keep track of, star fish, sand dollars, sea urchin and vibrant colored coral. A small island, not worth a pricy taxi tour, but worth going directly to a beach. The best part of Grand Turk was that directly off the ship there was a nice beach with snorkeling and FREE chairs to sit on. If the beach isn’t your thing, there is a POOL, Flowrider, nice bathrooms, Drinks and NICE shopping were there including Ron John Surf Shop & Margaretville. You can't go wrong with snorkeling or the beach here, there is no "bad" place...it's ALL good!!
We booked a catamaran snorkel and beach excursion... Would highly recommend
Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure was a good time at two snorkel spots and I especially enjoyed the interaction with 3 nurse sharks. The group was about 24 people allowing a good experience to be had by all. I’d recommend this for novice or intermediate snorkelers and if you are adverse to sharks of any size, you can keep your distance and let the other folks play with those “finned friends”. The second snorkel spot at “the wall” was equally impressive.
The stingrays and snorkeling with a nurse sharks will not be forgotten, the crew was ok on the Oasis Diving boat. I wish we had longer to snorkel though!
Great time and the guides were very knowledgeable. Loved that it was just the 10 of us on the boat.
We did the Ultimate Snorkeling at Grand Turk and it was AMAZING!!! The staff on the boat was phenomenal. They fed the fish so there would be a good variety of them for us to see. The coral reefs and the thousand foot drop off after the reef was beautiful! I LOVED everything about this excursion! We were even able to pet a shark. This is a MUST-DO activity...you will not be disappointed!
Grand Turk is where we did the power snorkeling over the area of the ocean where it drops from 200 to 7000 feet. I thought you could see more of the drop off but it just goes from where you can see the bottom to black. It was very pretty but I was a little disappointed we did not see more sea life. They take you out in a small boat about 200-300 feet out from shore and then you swim back and that is it. We had yellow tail snapper follow us and we did see one sting ray and one lion fish and coral. I was hoping to see more of variety of fish. I had thought we would get to snorkel about 2 hours but ended up being only about an hour. We did see a lot of the historical area of the island on the way back.
This was one of the best excursions ever as we got to pet a shark - now that was really cool
Grand Turk is beautiful. You can spend time at a pool or the beach for free. We took the Ultimate
Snorkel. We seen many fish and even pet sharks. Great excursion.
We did the Ultimate Snorkeling with Captain John. It was a wonderful experience and well worth the cost. Two boats totaling 64 people were involved plus the captains and mates on each boat. We went to two reefs where the mates were in the water with us and feed the fish. The fish were abundant and colorful at each reef. The coral was beautiful and the water clear as crystal. The best thing as far as we were concerned, there was no current to fight. We have snorkeled several places and fought currents repeatedly. This time no current. Captain John is very knowledgeable and professional as well as safety conscious.
Chukka excursions (or something like that) were great! My compliments to Captain Dan and crew. Snorkeled on coral reef that has 7000 foot drop off. Most incredible snorkel of my life. They also took us to a coral formation closer to the beach that was like a shallow honey comb full of sea life. Crew got a reef shark to come to side of the boat using bottle with holes in it full of meat so you could pet it.
My initial impression was that it was pretty touristy right off the port. The shops were cheesy, but it was kind of expected. We booked the catamaran sail & snorkel, which was AWESOME. 1 hour of snorkeling and then you sailed over to a private part of the beach (past the shipwreck) to enjoy the sand and some rum punch. I enjoyed the rum punch a little too much and didn't realize it was a little higher proof than what I'm used to. So uh, lightweights beware! If you are in Grand Turk - scuba or snorkel, definitely, and book ahead of time because they filled up fast.
Did the "power snorkeling" trip. Driver was very informative, giving a history of the island on our way to the snorkeling site. Staff was very helpful showing us how to run the propelled machines for the snorkeling. They made sure everyone knew how to run them. It's an outstanding experience for those who have difficulty snorkeling, because the machine does the "kicking" for you. But it's also great for experienced snorkelers and divers, because you can direct the machine to propel you underwater, which enables you to have a great "free diving" experience. I highly recommend this to everyone.
We went on a Power Snorkel Tour at Grand Turk, and this was a wonderful experience. We had excellent guides, who were very helpful and also concerned with safety....All in all, a delightful experience.
When we arrived at the beach near Margaritaville, we booked a boat on our own with Daniel at Crystal Seas Adventures. I am a licensed Captain, with a lifetime of experience. I felt very confident in the boat and captain, in addition we had a great time. Daniel took us to 2 awesome snorkeling locations and then to an area away from the crowds to walk around, eat local fare at Barbie's and do a little shopping. We had a large group including small kids and everyone agreed that this was the highlight of our cruise.
Grand Turk- Power snorkel through Carnival was Awesome! Water was very choppy and we had the 7:30am excursion luckily as the cancelled all the others because of the water. Can't wait to go through my water proof video cam to see what it caught. Margarita-ville.- Fun place and good drinks. Make sure you read menu carefully as I ended up buying a $23 frozen drink which started at $9.00
We were scheduled for 8am, but it was canceled for lack of people. We were then put on the 10:30 no lack of people 60 on a boat exactly why we booked the early trip. Unless you book a private tour outside companies are required to send you to your ships site for reservations. This is more like a private cruise line owned island.
Catamaran Sailaway, Beach & Snorkel--Very enjoyable time on a catamaran with great snorkeling and very strong rum punch! After snorkeling we spent some time at a marvelous white sand beach with the clearest, most beautiful aqua-colored water. It was like being a swimming pool. Loved it!
Power snorkel excursion booked through Carnival. We had a great time, the kids loved seeing the fish up close. Having the self propelled device really helped.
Paid $50.00 pp to go to swim with the stingrays and then snorkel at the reef. Worth every penny! This was the most fun of all of the stops. The water was unbelievable! Shopping was more limited here than St. Thomas, but better than Nassau and San Juan.
Wow, so beautiful! We are going back this year. We booked a tour with Blue Water Divers before we left home. We had to take a taxi to them. They were very laid back and super nice. The provided everything we needed and took us to 2 snorkeling sites. One in relatively shallow water and the other at the famous WALL with 7000 foot drop off. AMAZING! We saw sea turtles, sharks, gorgeous fish...we are going back!
The ship docks right at a beach in Grand Turk. You can literally walk off and sit on the beach.
We pet a pair of nurse sharks! There were tons of fish to see, the equipment was great and the captain and staff were very nice and helpful!
Nothing went wrong here, they give you booze of you take the catalamere (however it's spelt) ship with the private island.
Power snorkeling. Highly recommend. Very safe and easy to do. Beautiful waters, clear and lots of fish. Got to swim with a barracuda. Snorkled out over the 7,000 foot drop off which was interesting as well. Would do again and again.
Wonderful. Amazing to see the shelf drop off to nothing. Lots of fish, even some docile sharks.
Really fun, experienced crew and captain, but not enough time to have the fun. But we saw nurse sharks and beautiful fish and a 6,000 foot drop off! It was spectacular!
Oh my word, what a fun excursion!! A short ride across the island gave us a chance to see the scenery before getting to power snorkel. I'd recommend this excursion to anyone because it was not your basic snorkel trip! We were instructed how to use the "under water propulsion unit", taken off shore and started snorkeling. It was simple and fun to use! The water was beautiful and we saw tons of fish. Going out to the 7,000 foot drop off was exciting too. We loved this and would definitely do it again. After getting back to the port area, we were heading down the beach to eat at Jack's Shack but didn't make it that far. Instead, we stopped at a little beach side restaurant just past Margaritaville. I can't remember the name, but we enjoyed the conch fritters.