Our day did not start out well at all. We were on the Carnival Legend and they have NOOOO control of the tender process. We got down at the time that we were told to get our tender ticket to get ashore. We were group #6 to get off the boat so we figured it would be in the second wave of people which left us plenty of time. During the second wave a group of 75 people got up and stormed out in front of us (tickets ranging anywhere from 4-12) Carnival did NOTHING at all to stop them. Then when everyone freaked out all Carnival did was shrug their shoulders. So needless to say my head was about to explode since I knew we were going to miss our excursion time. We got ashore at 9:40 for our 9:30 depature excursion NOT GOOD!!
Never fear Eco Tour was here. They had another excursion leaving 30 minutes after ours and put us on that one. Seeing that I was clearly flustered they reassured me I was on island time and to relax and enjoy my day they would take care of us. we boarded the boat with Leon, Jose, and Richard as our guides. Once we got to Goff's Caye for our day my wife looked at her watch. We would be cutting it very very close to get back to the last tender and she got worried. (Now keep in mind we are two of the most laid back people in the world but this day had us all over the map) I spoke to Leon when we got off the boat and told him our problem and said my wife was worried if we have boat problems or any issues going back we would miss the tender. I also asked if we could cut our time short and take back the boat 30 minutes earlier for peace of mind. He said he would not allow me to allow Carnival to ruin my day lol he also pulled my wife aside and promised her he would personally take us to the boat if we had any problems. He also made her promise him we would leave the stress on the dock and enjoy our day, he was a professional and would take care of us. We were shocked at how great he was along with the staff at the dock reassuring us all was ok. We relaxed and the day was GREAT.
We went out to snorkel over the reef which was very rough on this day. Visibility was only 50% which sucked but you can't do anything about mother nature. We could still see clear as day in the shallows over the reef however in the deeper water it was a little cloudy. We saw several different fish and the coral was beautiful. Richard caught a lobster and brought it up for everyone to see which was cool.
Back on the island we had two lunch options Chicken for $8 Lobster for $10 each come with rice and beans. Food was great and rum punch was good. We hung out with Richard for awhile talking about Belize and different areas to come back and visit, we are thinking of taking a vacation there later this year. He gave us great tips for the area and the best snorkel spots to go to.
I highly reccomend this company they were first class from the word go. We got back 15 minutes before the last tender left the dock and made it in plenty of time. Our day started out stressful but turned into one of our best excursions we have ever taken. It was a great day on the beautiful island of Goff's Caye.
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