My husband and I were coming to Bermuda on an NCL cruise. When we decided we were going to go snorkeling, I began my research. Thanks to tripadvisor.com, I found Sonny! We booked Sonny for Sunday, September 8, 2013. We packed our own water and towels and made sure to bring cash for payment. We also brought along our own underwater camera. Good thing we did, as Sonny shared some people have been less than careful when using his, and he no longer has them available. When we arrived, Sonny shared that the other couple who had reserved a space did not show up. I’m sure other companies may have thought this trip would be a loss of revenue and wasted time for them and cancel. Not Sonny! He said it was to our advantage as now my husband and I would be able to “design our own experience”.
As never having snorkeled before, we chose to go out about 20 minutes to a shallow (maybe 10-15’ deep) reef area. Sonny explained the basics – and was very patient with us. I had difficulty at first, but put my mind to it and ended up having an INCREDIBLE experience! The water is so salty; you basically float, with minimal effort of swimming. Only occasionally did I hear the soundtrack from Jaws in the back of my mind :-) !!
After what I thought was about 20 minutes, I asked my husband how long I had been in the water: he said over 2 hours!!! I hopped into the boat as Sonny was swimming over. He asked if anything was wrong. I apologized and said I couldn’t believe I was in the water for so long! Sonny was so kind and said it wasn’t any problem that he didn’t have any place else to be, and if we wanted to stay in longer, that was fine!! I thanked him again for his generosity but felt I had really received MORE than my money’s worth and we could head back.
When I got into the boat, Sonny had caught 2 LOBSTERS for us to see!! A 7 pound male and a 5 pound female!!!! He shared all sorts of info about them which was fascinating and then had me put the female back in the water because she had not laid any eggs yet.
I can’t encourage anyone reading this enough…………. If you are looking for a snorkel tour, PLEASE consider snorkelbermuda.com. When it comes to vacationing, this is probably THE BEST experience we have ever had!!
Sonny – you may be reading this as you are vacationing in Costa Rica right now – THANK YOU AGAIN!!
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