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.