Princess overbooked excursion by 8 people we volunteered not to go and took a glass bottom boat tour on our own anyway. Time in port too short because we didn't get off the ship till 10 and had to be back by 12:30, so it was unfortunate that we didn't know the excursion was overbooked till we got there, the ship docked at 6:30 we waited for our time to tender off for the excursion.
Took us to beach with granite sand that hurt to walk on. Too cold to snorkel. No need for 4x4 vehicles as they never did lead us to any advertised off road viewing points. Took us to a worthless glass blowing ship. Highlight was Federales with machine guns mounted on jeeps looking for a cartel shoot out.
We did the Pirate ship and snorkeling cruise and it was one of the best experiences ever. The whole staff was absolutely wonderful. They had food, music, and an open bar (after snorkeling) that was great. The snorkeling itself was the best, lots of fish underwater and birds above water. Well worth the money
Chileno Bay Snorkel - friendly, knowledgeable staff. There was an open bar on board. Long sail out to snorkel spot. Nice view of the Arch. People didn't stay in the water too long - not much sea life to view. After the snorkel time, they served a meal of sandwiches, chips, and fruit. Pleasant, but not too memorable.
The crew on the smaller snorkeling boat were very friendly and helpful. We were in deep water. I didn't see that many fish. They didn't mention there were jelly fish in the water there until we were all ready to head out to the sea.
Original snorkel trip cancelled because of very rough seas. Re-booked on another snorkel trip. The sea life was wonderful!!! Ship comfortable, with drinks and snacks. We had our own wet suit and snorkel gear, but saw that what they provided was in excellent condition and that they had snorkel vests for people. Also they had staff in and on the water with us. Wonderful trip!
I booked a private excursion with Cabo Golden Coast Cruise and Snorkel on the Oceanus. Warning - they won't feed you until 1pm and you are getting off the boat at 8:30/9am so make sure you pack snacks. It was average. I would not do it again.
We took an hour boat ride to a private beach/shore area, put on our snorkeling gear and snorkeled for an hour and explored the coral and rocks. It was a VERY fun experience and would do it again. The water is practically clear.
There is no dock for cruise ships in Cabo so the ships are anchored in the bay and you tender in. It was rocky, hot, and humid that day. The tender ride was miserable. Once on the dock we lined up and walked to our snorkel boat. Not much shade on the boat. We took off after a briefing and passed the arch and heard some history. Then we took off along the coast to our snorkeling location. Warm clear water yielded some beautiful fish some, literally, right underneath you. Put my face in for the first time and was in the middle of a school of decent sized fish. The 45 minutes went quick.
We don't normally purchase through the boat but it was the least expensive of all. It was a great time and I would do it again. Santa Maria & Chileno Bay Eco Snorkeling. The crew was great and the snorkeling was fun.
Sail & Snorkel Fiesta. Saw a lot more fish than in PV, however snorkeling area was crowded with other tours, which made it difficult to get around. For only $40, two hour tour included snorkeling at Pelican Rock, open bar after and a boat tour around the lands end area of the port. For only $40 and free liquor, it was definitely worth it!
Short walk from pier to catamaran. Beware - water here is cold compared to Caribbean this time of year. Drinks after were great and excursion crew great. Lots of photo ops near Lover's Beach and the Arch.
Our snorkeling excursion began with a catamaran cruise past some of the scenic rock formations. Time was spent in the area to view these wonders and snap some photos. We then sailed to our snorkeling location which was in the Sea of Cortez. We had an hour to swim with the fishes and I have to say it was the best snorkeling I've ever done. Although the water was not as clear as some Caribbean locations and the fish not quite as colorful, they bated them with bread and we swam through large schools of fish and explored reef areas. I was able to see quite a variety of fish. On the return trip we were treated to an open bar and they made some great rum drinks! There was a professional photographer on board and for a reasonable fee provided us with a CD disc of photos to remember our trip.
Mixed feelings on this one. This was supposed to be a city tour combined with a afternoon snorkeling tour. The problem, NCL did not inform us of the 1 hour ahead time change the previous night so consequently we were late getting of the ship which is already tendered and adds to the time to get to shore. That said the tour operator indicated our meet time was 10:20. We arrived at the location at 10:00 and our guide had clearly been there awhile waiting for us. The snorkeling boat departure was around 11:00 so we basically had less than an hour to see the city. We passed on the flea market as we were interested in shopping but wanted to see the city. We did stop for a quick Tequila making tour and then had to basically head back to the marina to catch our boat. The tour normally includes a trip to a glass factory as well but they did tell us up front it would closed on the Sunday. Good thing I guess because we would not have had any time to go there and still catch our boat.
So forget the city tour because we paid extra for nothing.
That aside the Snorkeling tour itself and the staff aboard the boat were amazing. They took us to Chileno bay were we spent about 40 - 45 minutes snorkeling. The water was nice and clear and the beauty and variety of fish to be seen was awesome. They feed you unlimited drinks and a buffet lunch after the snorkel adventure and provide some fun entertainment on the upper deck during the return trip. Well worth it.
Catamaran well run, equipment clean and in good shape, drinks unending and generously offered. Fish plentiful and close. No coral reefs to speak of but lots of time in water guided to best snorkel sites. Spent time near Los Arcos for photos on way out. Well educated on use of equipment.
We took a pulmonia to pelican rock and were dropped off to snorkel for an hour. It was $10/person for the boat (round trip) and snorkeling gear was available there for rental for an additional $10. (We had our own). The surf here was ROUGH, and getting on and off the boat was very scary for someone with a mobility limitation- I ended up just landing on my butt in the water getting off (because well, a controlled fall is always preferable to potentially injuring myself, and I do enough in/out of shallow water regularly to know to roll with it when I lose my balance :P) and getting back on was a big worry- ended up getting a boost with some VERY good timing and sort of beached-sealion sliding onto the nose of the boat. most of the reviews I'd read mentioned that the pulmonias and glassbottom boats have stairs. They might have stairs other places, but they don't at this one, so if you're limited in mobility, the bigger tours with catamarans that have real water steps are much, much friendlier.
The water was very rough here right at shore (caveat - we were here just after a very large storm had passed through) but swimming once past the surf line was very easy. Lots of small and medium sized fish to be seen in and around the rocks.
The footing was VERY poor, again. The sand is fluffy and coarse and as the waves come up, it tends to crumble badly underfoot. It's hard to walk on and the waves come very high up on the shallow little inlet beach here. I really enjoyed the excursion despite these things, but it would have been helpful to know ahead of time, and if I were doing it again, I'd not try to DIY this tour :P
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