I booked the trip for a group of 19 on a recent trip to the Caribbean. We were on a cruise and we did this as an excursion. I was a bit nervous when we 1st started communicating because sometimes Captain Mike would not respond to my emails for several days. Once he did, he explained that the power/internet was spotty at best on the island (still recovering from the hurricane). All communication was clear and so thoughtful- I just had to be patient.
I was also worried about taking an excursion that was not through the cruise ship, but captain Mike assured me that he would take great care of us and that we would be back in plenty of time for our departure. His partner, Elmira, picked us up early and we were delivered back to port with time to spare..so my worries were for nothing.
The trip was absolutely amazing and my husband said he had the "best day of his life". We are world travelers and scuba divers, so that says a lot!
What was so special about the trip was the incredible service that Captain Mike and Elmira delivered. They were so kind and thoughtful and enthusiastic to have us on board with them. The boat was very nice and clean and the captain had lots of good stories and information as we cruised to our destination. Elmira made sure that we were very well taken care of. She started by offering us coffee and pastries and always made sure we had a drink in our hand. They served a wonderful rum punch and offered additional rum to anyone that liked it really strong. They really seemed to care, and wanted to make sure everything was just how we liked it.
Once we reached the island of Tintamarre, we went snorkeling. We saw lots of turtles, a stingray, a baracuda and lots of little fish. We had plenty of time there and did not feel rushed. You do need to be a strong swimmer or stay close to the boat, because it is very easy to chase the turtles, and then realize that you are far away from the boat. This happened to a couple of our kids. It is nice to know that Elmira is a rescue diver and if there was an event, she could help!
Captain Mike was running the BBQ grill while we were in the water and once we got back on, there was a beautiful spread of food- a total feast! They had grilled meats, homemade potato salad, olives, green salad, caprese salad, tuna salad, bread and fruit!! Everything was delicious and we even had more time to swim after lunch.
The ride home was a blast with more rum punch, beer or anything we wanted- not to mention a wonderfully eclectic mix of music and some rocking speakers.
I really can't say enough great things about this operation. The boat is great and the service is top notch. If you are thinking about booking a charter with them, I would say- go for it...it might just be the best day of your life.
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