On a shore excursion from Carnival Paradise on May 1, neither of us scuba dive so this was a way for a similar experience. We were the only two on the excursion and had the full attention of the crew. We were given thorough instruction covering the procedure and safety. A guide was positioned on the bottom, 27 feet down. A safety scuba diver accompanied each of us entering the water all the way down the ladder as we stopped frequently to equalize ear pressure. On the bottom, the guide, also in SeaTrek helmet, confirmed our comfort then proceeded with the tour. In addition to the requisite feeding to attract fish, he pointed out various life in the coral reef and elsewhere. The time flew by and it was time to return to the surface.
The location is a protected preserve and the crew exercised extreme care to respect the sea life and the area. We would like to have seen a greater variety of fish, but the experience itself was worth it. We are glad for the experience.