Snorkeling at the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Amazing experience! There are guides to go out with you and show you all the local types of fish and coral so bring a Go-Pro camera as there is a lot to see! There is fire coral ... Read More
Snorkeling at the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Amazing experience! There are guides to go out with you and show you all the local types of fish and coral so bring a Go-Pro camera as there is a lot to see! There is fire coral here as well as sea urchins so having the guide was helpful so we could get close but not too close to something that could hurt us. Our guide brought some kind of food flakes that attracted the fish and several species of fish came out in schools and followed us and they had no problem being close enough to touch us. The guide would also swim down and point out things or pick things up to show us. He was very attentive to the physical condition of those in the group and would swim along at a pace that was easy for everyone. He would stop frequently to let people just float and rest so they were not constantly kicking to keep up with the group.
If you have a pair of fins or are familiar with diving or snorkeling, it may not be a bad idea to bring your own fins. The ones they let you borrow are used and may not be the best fit. I had one fin that had broken rubber where the boot met the fin. It allowed my toes to stick out and the broken edge would chaff the top of my foot just behind my toes every time I kicked, creating a blister. They provide a vest that you blow into a couple of times to get it to inflate. this keeps you on the surface as you snorkel. There are a couple of places where you have to swim over the reef without touching the coral and depending on the tide, you may get really close to it. Plus some people are not as fit or familiar with snorkeling, swimming or diving. The water was warm and I did not wear a shirt. I got chaffed under the arms by the vest. It's a generic size and is not something high-quality like a diving buoyancy compensator. A shirt would have prevented the chaffing.
Lockers are available for $5 (I think we pay $10, then they give you $5 back when you turn in the key). They also had decent rest rooms for changing clothes. I recommend flip-flops or sandals that you would not mind getting sand in them.
A lunch buffet was included at this excursion. The food was good but I did not eat too much because I planned on spending a lot of time in the water after lunch.
The beach was BEAUTIFUL. You can take pictures here that would look like what you see on a post card. There are a lot of local vendors on the beach. My wife and I nicknamed it Hustle Beach. They guys spend all day walking back and forth pushing their goods. There were a few booths off to the side but most of the people were on food selling everything from jewelry and trinkets to T-shirts and hats. The beach has a lot of nice beach chairs set up where you can relax under the coconut trees. The hustlers are not allowed up by the chairs, but they line up along the beach between the chairs and the water so you cannot get into the water without them getting a chance to approach you about buying something. There is a security guard to keep watch of guest on the beach and make sure the hustlers don't come too close to the chairs. The hustlers will go knee deep into the water and it looks like they cannot come any closer to the chairs than the high tide mark. We sat in the front of chairs so we were pretty close to them. Sunglasses will help avoid eye contact. If you forget to bring sunglasses, they will sell you some ;) Read Less