saw lots of turtles but it was crowded in the ocean. Too many snorkelers on our boat and they aren't aware of who is around them swimming. Had a great sail and swimming off the boat later.great drinks and lunch
Another great choice...we made two stops. The first was for snorkeling/beach time and the second was to swim with sea turtles. We saw 3! One of the crew was in the water with us and was feeding the turtles. They came right up to us....amazing! Lunch was also served, plenty of food including chicken, salads, Mac and cheese, etc. and of course open bar.
5-star Tiami Catamaran. The vessel was 5-star as was the food and crew but the actual sites for snorkel/swim were very very poor. Over 200 other swimmers with 10 different vessels in the exact same area. Please choose an area with less people and DO NOT FEED/BAIT THE TURTLES. I understand excursion companies want the passengers to experience a swim with turtles but by feeding/baiting, the turtles become reliant on the food source and could be injured by the vessels and hoards of passengers all swimming at once.
We took a Tiami catamaran to go snorkeling. There were only 30 people and the boat’s crew was great. We snorkeled with turtles in Carlisle Bay (it was too rough to go to Turtle Bay, and the crew tried to cover up the change, but we knew better). We then had time on the beach in Carlisle Bay and took a long sail along the coast. Nice trip. Probably no good if you have mobility issues – we had to walk across two other boats to get to ours.
Tiami 5 star Catamaran and Turtles
Hot tea on a Catamaran! Lunch was great. 2 stops for snorkeling and I did see turtles. On the second stop they didn't advertise it as snorkeling--more as wading, but there were plenty of fish to see towards the rocks.
This was our second exclusion with Calabaza. They are a quality operator, very professionally run and organized, and very fun people. I would recommend that anyone looking for a high quality snorkeling tour consider this operator.
They limit the number of participants to 12, and go where the ship's tours don't, so you avoid bumping into other snorkelers. It isn't cheap, but it includes booze (great rum punch), and a really good lunch. IF you want quality, you pay for it, and it's worth every penny.
We took the Sea turtle & shipwreck snorkel tour on the "Thriller" boat ride where we saw sea turtles while snorkeling and enjoyed a bit of time on the beach. Kim, Ron, and Mikey were a lot of fun and it was a short van ride to the boat (approx. 5-10 mins if even that). Lots of rum punch!
Best Excursion of the trip! If you are thinking of booking this, just stop reading all these reviews right now and book it! You won't go wrong. Lunch was the BEST food I've had in a long time. Just watch yourself when everyone jumps in the water, people get focused on turtle and fish watching and forget they are moving and run in to you sometimes. The crew are super fun and work real hard to make sure everyone is having a good time and stay safe. This was the most relaxed I have been EVER! Loved it! Cost was $90 per person US
Snorkeling wasn't great. Too many people all trying to see one poor pet sea turtle and one sting ray. We then went to a beach that was small. Not much to it. But the weirdest part was our boat captain turned the trip into "homes of the stars." He talked over and over about the rich and the famous who owned homes on the ocean, and how much they paid for their homes. It got old fast.
I gave it a very good only because we did not see any turtles :(. But other than that Jolly Rogers - Black Pearl party cruise was a lot of fun. Captain John and his crew gave us a wonderful time. The hamburgers were yummy, and the drinks were flowing on our journey back. I have not laughed so hard in such a long time, and my husband had a great time trying to find fish.
In Barbados, we had booked privately with Calabaza sailing. They take only 12 people on their good size catamaran and it was a beautiful relaxing day with a stop at two snorkel spots. The first was to see turtles only and since they feed the turtles we were able to snorkel with several. There are of course other boats stopping there but the person in the water with us managed to keep us pretty much away from the other groups. They also take pictures all day long and then send you the pictures in an email link (included in the price). I really appreciated that and it is one of the reasons I booked with them. I gave up a while ago buying expensive underwater cameras that always seem to fail. The second stop was at a place with 3 shipwrecks within close proximity to each other. The water that day was crystal clear and there was enough sea life to make it interesting. Two of the wrecks were closer to the surface so made for interesting snorkeling. But I will say that after floating and looking at the same wreck for 15 minutes it does get somewhat boring. But there is no reef there, just the wrecks to see.
Gina, Shawn and Chris were excellent hosts for this tour. Their catamaran is beautiful and they treated us like royalty. We got on the boat and they offered coffee, tea and homemade carrot cake. As we went to our first snorkeling point they served us delicious rum punch and fish cakes. We did some snorkeling with the turtles and even saw a huge stingray. We moved to another location over a reef that only had a few fish but the water was so still and gorgeous blue. Gina made an awesome lunch for the 11 of us with a bunch of homemade salads some flying fish, chicken and garlic bread (and yes the rum punch or whatever you wanted to drink was flowing). We all enjoyed sitting on the front of the catamaran coming back enjoying our desserts that Gina served. We had a special treat when Shawn spotted 2 whales we saw coming back. A great day with fantastic hosts that I highly recommend!
Bridgetown,Barbados - 5 stars. Did the RC sponsor excursions on the Pirate Boat, Barbadian Buccaneers. Lots of rum punch served after the swimming and snorkeling. We had a blast. Snorkeling was good too.
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