Tabyana Beach Party - was a blast!! Even in the pouring rain! LOL! You could tell the beach would have been beautiful if it hadn't been raining. However, you make the best of it - right?! Lunch was included and the drinks were reasonably priced. The two piece band saved the day! Well, so did the rum punch! We had a lot of fun singing and dancing. I would have loved to lounge in the sun by the water's edge, but that just wasnt in the cards. It's a bit of a drive by shuttle and the rain had created a lot of potholes. But the nice part was you could take a shuttle back to the ship whenever you wanted as they were running back and forth all day.
We rode the chair lift over to the beach. Once there, we had shaded charis and float for the beach to use! (all included in the price) It was excellent. Weather was warm and beautiful! We all had an excellent time! They had intenret for $5/per device. Of course we took advantage of this. It was a little slow, but it worked well and was able to upload a few pics to send back home!
This excursion included the chairlift, a kayak, loungers with shade shells and floats. The chair is SLOW so we only used it 1 time. The loungers and shells are nice if you aren't the second ship in port and can get a front row...we were too far back to even see the beach so we really didn't spend anytime in them. The waiters are great to take care of you when you are in this area. The floats are a nice way to relax in the water. The best part was that we were able to exchange the kayaks for a paddle boat for 4 to go out to the sandbar. There is a family there that has 7 giant turtles They are in a floating pen and you are able to get in the pen to feed them and take pictures. This was pretty cool!
Did Tabyana Beach excursion. You MUST snorkel at West Bay, even if beginner (I brought my gear, but you can rent there for $10). They have guides in kayaks to help you at any time. Shore excursion takes all in passenger vans on 30 min ride on their rough roads, to private beach on extended beach of numerous resorts. Lots of lounge chairs, security was excellent, lunch was good & plentiful. TONS of beach vendors but just say no and they leave you - if you say "not now", they will keep coming back until you say no; good that they are not allowed into lounge chair area and respect that (because of security). Great beach for swimming and walking, lots of rental activities.
We chose the Relax on the Beach Plus Snorkel package, which included the covered lounge chairs, floating mats, snorkel gear, and chair lift ride to the beach. The beach was a little crowded and small, but it was heaven to be able to float on the mat and know that I wouldn't be washed out to sea completely! The snorkel gear was provided, but no instruction was given on how to use it--this wasn't a problem for us, but I wanted to mention that in case it's a factor for others. If you stay in the crowded swimming area, you won't see a thing, but if you go off the dock on the far left of the beach and swim out from there, you will find amazing coral formations and aquatic life, some of the best we've seen. Can't wait to get our underwater camera pictures back! The line to go back on the chair lift was quite long when we were ready to leave, so we walked the trail back instead and that works fine too. The bar / restaurant on the beach had yummy food and strong drinks.
Weather was beautiful and private beach offered free wi-fi! The beach day was part of the Jungle ATV and Beach Tour, so our driver from the ATV tour stayed with us at the beach to keep track of time for us and get us bad safely and efficiently.
DO NOT BOOK and the relax on the beach package. It was packed with people and it is very unorganized. We purchased the package and never did receive our clam shell chairs and we ended up just leaving our stuff on the beach and taking a quick swim. The water front is definitely man made and very crowded. There were so many people in the water you couldn't swim and the water was extremely murky. Save your money and explor the island instead.
Maya Key - It was ok. Kids loved the animals and taking pictures with them. Beach was a bit rocky. Spent most of our time at the pool. Food just ok as well. If you have picky eaters they won't like it.
There was plenty of beach are and chairs but they had erected a portable barrier wall to keep the waves from rolling in. The problem with this is the beach are could not settle down and 6" under the surface of the water you couldn't see, so snorkling was out.
If you take the chairlift ride to the beach it is a waste of time since you could walk there faster since they stopped it every time someone would get on or off.
Maya Kay Private Island - A great quiet day at the beach. Snorkeling at the end of the pier okay. It was windy and overcase while we were there, but I'm sure it would be better on a sunny, calm day. Wildlife Refuge where you can see local money's, birds, sea lions and many others. Also a Mayan Ruins replica to explore and learn about the Mayans. We've been to Tabyana Beach (excellent snorkeling) and Gumbalimba Park which we would also recommend.
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