We spent half of Christmas day in the morning sailing with Alice and Patrick on their 44 ft sailboat. I can't praise them enough for providing such a wonderful and personal excursion for our family. We were a group of 7 (including 5 teens) and had the boat to ourselves that day. I literally booked them the night before while we were in Grand Cayman because another excursion I had booked fell through at the last minute. Alice picked up our group Christmas morning and drove us back at the end of the excursion so we did not have to worry about transportation. The minute we met her...we knew we would have a wonderful trip. She is so friendly, personal and warm and we really enjoyed both her company and Patricks that day. We stayed at Sunset Cove and it was just a short drive to their dock which easily accessed the North Sound where we snorkeled with and fed the stingrays. Patrick and Alice took us to a beautiful area close to the Barrier Reef where we anchored. Patrick snorkeled with us in the water while he had a supply of squid with him to attract and feed the stingrays. We all snorkeled around him as he fed and gave us food to feed the stingrays. It was so awesome to see these beautiful creatures all around us while we snorkeled and fed them. Only those who wanted to feed them took the food as the stingrays glided peacefully around us and sucked in the food. Patrick was very good about giving us tips on how to interact with them and we could all do this on whatever level we were comfortable. Next, we moved very, very close to the reef and anchored right next to it. Alice jumped in and snorkeled with us as we explored and enjoyed all the beautiful sights of the reef. There were many beautiful fish and coral to see and we even swam close to barracuda several times on our excursion. We were not worried, both Patrick and Alice did a great job of educating us on the waters surrounding us and the nature of the species we would encounter. Our family has been snorkeling in the Bahamas, Florida and St.Thomas. This was the BEST excursion we have ever done and they are very reasonable in price. It was a beautiful day with simply awesome sights and interactions with the fish, stingrays and ocean life and the company of Patrick and Alice was outstanding. Alice even had fresh orange slices and water for us after coming up out of the saltwater snorkeling which was so refreshing and at the end of the second snorkel, Patrick offered us a beer which was also a nice personal touch. The sail out to the snorkeling & stingray sights and back was also enjoyable as we took in all the beauty of the surrounding area. Patrick and Alice.....Thank you! What an awesome way to spend our Christmas day.
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