My boyfriend and I have never snorkeled before, and we went out with Sonny last week while in Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn. We had booked with him for Sunday afternoon, but when Sonny came to meet up with us, he said the black clouds we could see in the distance were headed in exactly the same direction that we would be. We were able to reschedule for Monday afternoon, but we were so bummed because we would have been the only people there on Sunday, and we were sure there would be others on Monday. Lo and behold, when we showed up Monday afternoon, we were again his only passengers! As many others have mentioned, Sonny will not hesitate to take out only two people. He told us a bit about the dockyard area, and explained about the shipwrecks when we got out near them. Sonny makes sure that you won't be surrounded by anyone on the massive excursions, as well. He moored a decent distance away from the other boat, and was ready to go away from there entirely until he realized everyone on the excursion was getting out of the water anyway.
The coral was so incredibly beautiful where he took us, the remnants from the shipwrecks are really interesting, and there were more fish than I could ever have expected. A lot of the fish swim right around you, and then there are some very beautiful colorful fish deeper down in the coral. We had a good amount of time to swim around, and I got out of the water willingly when I asked Sonny what time it was and he said 4:30. My boyfriend and I both had a feeling that he wouldn't have even made me get out of the water for a little while longer if I didn't want to, because he is such a nice guy, but I didn't want to hold him up (because he is such a nice guy!).
I had read about this trip already on TripAdvisor, so I knew that Sonny doesn't bring you drinks or anything and we brought water bottles. He told us before we left that he would stop at the gas station if we needed to pick anything up, though. Also, as others have mentioned (and Sonny tells you flat-out when you call him), he will not provide any kind of flotation device. My boyfriend and I are very competent swimmers, but are by no means Olympians, and it was no sweat whatsoever. We had pretty calm seas that day, but don't be concerned about not having a noodle or vest if you're a decent swimmer and as long as deep water (about 20 feet) won't make you nervous. The water is actually so salty I spent half of the time just doing a dead-man's float with my face in the water, not even having to move to keep afloat!
Of everything we did during our time in Bermuda, this was the only activity that we said we would not hesitate to spend money on again when we go back. If you can swim, definitely book this trip...unless you feel a burning desire to pay $20-$30 more per person to snorkel with 40 other people and get a can of soda or a swizzle on the way back.
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