We booked this tour from a beach side tour operator and paid for it at the port. The catamaran ride takes 2 hours, not the 90 minutes as advertised. Take medicine an hour in advance and stare at the horizon for your ride to prevent motion sickness. Several people got sick on our trip. The staff are hospitable and the captain is very professional. Drinks are not included in your price and there are no snacks (they were even out of some drinks from the start!)
When we arrived at the port, the island basically looks deserted. Not much is there, but our guides were waiting to pick us up (and yay, drinks!) There were 11 of us in 2 vans. Our guide John was great!! He shared many facts and history about the island. First he took us to some caves, then the frigate bird sanctuary, then the beach for snorkeling and lunch, with each portion taking about an hour. To get to the birds, you are taken to a lagoon and transported by boat to see the birds. There are unsanitary bathroom facilities there, and no food for purchase. It was mating season and fascinating to see the male birds bringing attention to themselves, but skipping this and watching a video might be good too. By the time we arrived to the beach for lunch, it was 2:30 and the kids were starved, with just one hour to play on the beach before heading back to the boat. Food was island-style grilled fish/chicken/lobster salad, cole slaw and cookie, rum punch, beer and sodas. The food was really good! The sand is NOT pink. The beach is covered with tiny beautiful pink shells, but the sand is, well, sand color. Don't bother bringing your snorkel gear-there's nothing to see. Just use your time to relax on the beach. We paid over $400 for this excursion for a family of 3, not sure if it was worth the cost.
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