My boyfriend and I took a full day tour with Garfield Tours this past week and had a blast. I've been snorkeling at several other locations in the Caribbean and have to be honest, St Maarten doesn't have the best reefs, but this was a really nice trip nonetheless. The trip visited four sites (Creole Rock, Tintamarre, Pinel, and Happy Beach) and they are the best sites the island has to offer based on my experience and the input or my friends who've lived here for the past two years.
Captain Alex was knowledgeable and kind. At the sites he took the time to explain the prevailing currents before we got in and the rules of coral and marine preserves (don't touch, don't stand, etc). The day was so calm we even got to do a drift alongside Creole Rock, and saw great coral and fish in that section. When I had questions about a fish ID (lizardfish) he helped me find it on the guide card. I even saw an octopus at Creole. At Tintamare we saw about a dozen green sea turtles, and at Pinel we had a great lunch and mucked about in the water (there were places to snorkel including a nice roped off spot on the end). My boyfriend hadn't ever been snorkeling before, and isn't a strong swimmer so we needed the break. At Happy the visibility was too poor to snorkel, so people had rum punch and snacks. Overall it was a great day.
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