The weather conditions were not the best, however the tour company made every effort to ensure we had a memorable and value added excursion. They really went out of their way. The company was called Calabash Eco Adventures.
After arriving at the pick up point, we stood in line waiting for transportation to the boat to take us out to the reef. Others ahead of us rode nice touring buses. We waited another 15 fifteen minutes and were loaded onto an old school bus without windows. The ride across the island was super windy and super cold.
We boarded the boat (which we expected to be a powered catamaran), but was just a large pontoon boat. The others ahead of us rode on the powered catamaran. The air was cool and the boat's pilot wore a hooded-jacket and gloves as he took us to the reef. The water was cool but soon became comfortable as we moved around some. Amazing reef with plenty of fish to see. This was tons of fun! Getting back on the boat - super COLD!!! Once we dried off and changed into dry clothes, we were fine.
I called the night before we arrived from the ship and they had a driver waiting when we arrived in port. This was the best snorkel trip I have ever been on by far. They have areas for all skill levels and all of them have plenty to see. My wife and I explored all three areas and saw loads of tropical fish, sea turtles, sting rays, corals and a lot more! We brought our own gear and you get a discount for that too. If you want a great place to snorkel in Freeport look no more! this is the place!
The driver gave us a good guide on the way to the beach and the van was clean and comfortable with A/C while more expensive tours pick up guests with old vans without A/C. The beach was gorgeous. I recommend you to bring beach shoes instead of flip-flops because it was pretty rocky and sometimes not safe for small kids.
Second time on this same excursion so I know how great it can be. The snorkeling in Freeport could be some of the best in the world but this day was not the day to be out. Multiple other snorkeling excursions had cancelled due to choppy conditions but this one did not and they almost flipped us on the way back. People were throwing up and were truly scared. The staff back at the beach was great but the boat ride was one that I will not forget!
We originally signed up for the Sail and Snorkel trip. We were asked while registering if we would be willing to just snorkel if they couldn't get enough people for the sailing trip, we said yes. At first we were extremely disappointed that not enough people signed up for the sail and snorkel, but once we got to the place they told us that we were actually going out on the sail boat because it was such a small group! That turned the whole trip around. We sailed out to the reef and had about an hour and a half to snorkel around. The captain and instructor were amazing. The fish were beautiful and so close! It rained while we were out there but we felt it made the trip that much more exciting. I highly recommend.
Booked independently with Seahorse Sail and Snorkel. Not as advertised. They had way too many people. They claim to be less crowded than ship excursions but we were joined by nearly 40 people from the ship and another dozen from Atlantis. Poor equipment - my vest leaked. When I asked about their "money back guarantee" they argued with me and didn't call me back the next day as promised. A week later they emailed me for feedback. I provided feedback again and was finally offered a 25% refund. I will never book with them again.
Provider:Shore Excursions LLC Seahorse Sail and SNorkel
Took small bus to other side of island for Deadman's Reef (at Paradise Cove) Snorkeling and Beach Escape. We arrived at low tide and snorkeling was a swim from the beach to the reef - 1/4 mi. Snorkel, fins & mask provided; flotation belt extra. Grand Bahama Island has sea turtles, rays, and many different fish and coral. Beach did not have a lot of sunbathers. Best snorkeling I have ever done due to low tide giving me very close proximity to the sea life. Hope to return there again.
A great 3-hour snorkel trip with Pat and Diane's Excursions. Super easy to book online and meet up at the port.
Great rates in comparsion to ship tours. You pay the day of in case of itineray change or inclement weather so there's no risk if cancelled beyond your control. It was a small tour of less than 20 people, with about 1 hour to snorkel. Saw lots of tropical fish and sting ray. Enjoyed some refreshments on the boat after. Highly recommend!
Great, very helpful, the staff was professional, yet down to earth. Everyone went way beyond doing everything possible to make sure we enjoyed our snorkel adventure. We say so many fish and it was very reasonably priced.
Sea Safari Snorkeling, the water was crystal clear, we saw interesting and beautiful marine life, guides and hostess were very friendly, kind and hospitable. It's a must do when visiting the Bahamas. We can't wait to do it again, our family Loved It!
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