We took a party of 10, ages 15-72, to Deadman's Reef from the cruise terminal. Arrangements were made directly through Deadman's Reef and not through the cruise line, prior to sailing. Slightly cheaper doing it this way. A representative met us promptly at the terminal, lead us to an air-conditioned tour bus, and had us write down the names of all the members of our party and the time that we needed to be back at the terminal. He then told us what time to meet by the bus when we were ready to leave.The ride is an interesting & easy 20 minute ride. Upon arrival we were directed to a counter where we paid for snorkel gear, 2 umbrellas, 6 lounge chairs and 2 air mattresses. We were given vouchers to take to the equipment hut. Very smooth transaction. While we got our snorkel gear another gentlemen set up our lounge chairs, umbrellas, and delivered the air mattresses. We were given a brief guide on best areas to snorkel, and what to watch out for and avoid. Individuals that had snorkeled before were then released to go enjoy themselves. Those that had not were offered a free lesson on using the equipment. Beautiful beach, clear and warm water. Saw nurse sharks, sea turtles, baracuda, sea urchins, sand dollars, sting rays, parrot fish, red coral and hundreds of other fish I couldn't identify. Out by the reef you could just float on top of the water and the fish swam all around you. It was like swimming in an aquarium. I have snorkeled in Hawaii, Belize, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Sea of Cortez, Tahiti and many more. This was the biggest bang for the buck. They also have a bar that serves items like cracked conch, conch fritters, and halibut sandwiches to name a few. We tried them all and agreed the cracked conch and the halibut sandwich were delicious.When it was time to leave we met at the bus, the driver checked our names off the list, and would not allow anyone not on the list on. This assured that we were able to return to the cruise terminal in a timely manner. So organized. If I returned to Freeport I would definitely do this again. They also offer bungalows on the premises to rent and stay in. My husband and I have both said it would be nice to stay there for a few days.
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