Fabulous time with Captain Mike and Nicki! Great experience from booking until returned to the dock! The directions to get to Fat Turtle from the cruise ship dock were simple, it was really only about a five minute walk! Our port time was 8:00 a.m. but we actually got off the ship at 7:50 and were at the Fat Turtle by 8!! plenty early for our 8:30 departure time. This was our first time on a real sailboat so that was a great experience too. Captain Mike and Nicki took time to explain that everyone should put on sunscreen before we left so it would have time to soak into our skin and not be a hazard to the reef or the turtles. They provided snorkel gear and gave a good safety lesson prior us getting in the water, and explained that the turtles are protected and it was against the law to touch them..... it was obvious that they truly care about the turtles and reef and want to help protect them! They also had noodles to float on or boogie boards with a viewing hole for the littler children. Nicki got in the water with us and provided a short guided tour we saw a baracuda, a stingray, and several turtles before heading over to the reef to get a look at that! After the guided snorkel tour we were free to explore the reef or head back over to the turtles. Watching the turtles was great.... if you are patient and watch them they come up about every 5 to 10 minutes to get air and you can swim beside them, LOL I had to scoot out of the way of one them! I could have stayed for hours just watching the turtles. It wasn't very crowded when we went, a couple of other boats were there but they left shortly after we got there and we were almost alone. After snorkeling for a good amount of time, we got back on board and got a nice fresh water shower, rum punch (sodas for the kids) and light snacks, and then had an enjoyable sail back to the dock! I will definitely do this tour again next time I'm in St. Thomas. And Nicki..... you were right I got the money shot :-) posting it below.
Great great day, can't say enough about how much we enjoyed this tour!
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