I'm conflicted with the tour. On one hand, I thought the snorkeling itself was sub-par. We did the shorter afternoon cruise. Jolly pirates take you to 3 different locations (although the last one was really for you to do the rope swings rather than snorkel). The first location was to the Antilla wreck. The waves here are extremely rough. The majority of our crew could not even made the short swim to the wreck. I managed to swim above the wreck after expending considerable effort. The wreck itself was nothing amazing: you can see it, but you can hardly make out any details of it. I think the visit to this site is more appropriate through scuba diving, where you can avoid the rough surface currents and get up close to the ship, rather than snorkeling.
The second site was at a place that is much shallower, and has gentler waves. Still, even though the conditions now are more favorable, there isn't much to see. There are a few small fishes, but that's about it. No corals were seen.
So, the snorkeling was very average. However, this is not really Jolly Pirate's fault. The sites are what they are, JP has no control over it. What they do have control over are the level of enjoyment and the party atmosphere of the boat. And this they excel in.
Right from the get-go, the ship's crew are extremely friendly and jovial. They are constantly joking and messing around. There's an open bar right smack in the middle of the boat that serves alcohol that's of surprising potency. Dance music plays in the background when the captain is not on the microphone.
The highlight of the trip has to be the rope swing. Basically, they hooked in the handle, you grabbed on to it, jumped off the side of the boat, and swing! I can't even express how much fun such a simple activity is. Perhaps it's the combination of the ropeswing, the jovial staff, the alcohol, and the general party atmosphere. My wife, a normally reserved individual, and I had a blast! Before long, she and a couple of ladies were dancing all over the boat.
If you are female and of a reasonable weight, JP has this activity for you that I highly recommend. Basically, you climb onto the back of one of the crew member, he does the ropeswing, and do a back-flip into the water...with you holding on! It's a hoot. My wife did it, and cannot stop laughing when she thinks back about it.
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