I'm looking at different options to view manta rays and would like to know what others think about Blue Sea Cruises' Evening on the Reef and Glass Bottom Cruise. The price seems reasonable ($75.95), and it includes dinner and one drink and entertainment.
I've also thought about doing the night snorkel/dive trip but am having second thoughts about that. I have snorkeled before (don't scuba dive), but always during the day and in very calm water. I never go underwater and prefer to stay on top with a noodle or life jacket to hold onto. So I'm not sure if the night snorkel trip would be a good experience for me.
We will probably view the mantas from the Sheraton, but I'd like to get a more close-up view if possible.
So my questions are:
Is the glass bottom boat trip worth it? Do they usually see mantas? Are they they only ones who do this type of trip?
Are mantas out all night or just right after sunset?
Would you recommend the night snorkel trip to someone who is a *somewhat* fearful, inexperienced snorkeler?
Are there any other on-shore places to see mantas?
Thanks for any advice you can offer!