All my friend and I kept saying on the way back to the hotel was "THAT WAS SO COOL!"
We booked a snorkeling tour as we had originally wanted to see the sharks, but given we did not hold a diving license or certificate, we were told that this was the next best alternative to see the sharks in their natural habitat.
The bus picked us up exactly on time and we stopped by about 3 more hotels before getting to their docks.
We were introduced to our accompanying instructors right away and set out. The first snorkeling stop was beautiful. There was tons of colorful fish to see and swim with. Great location, as we were right above the reefs with crystal clear waters, and just about every type of pretty fish in sight. They let us swim around for about 30-40 minutes before boarding again to boat to the next spot.
Along the way to spot 2, we passed by some local favorites such as Peter Nygard's beach house, Scooby Island, where they filmed James Bond, stuff like that were Hollywood had made its mark. Still a good sight to see. Spot 2 was not as colorful as the first but I guess when the bar is set that high, what do you expect :D Still had a multitude of fish and a few cute turtles and pretty red colored starfish.
The third was the shark spot. I was super excited to see those guys. The instructors were very precise about what we can and cannot do once in the water. They towed a line out which we held on to and then they drop the bait box to the bottom of the ocean where the reef sharks follow. Although we were swimming only above the sharks as opposed to swimming with them (that would be the Dive Tour), it was still such a majestic and unbelievable experience. Coming from Canada, these kind of experiences are unheard of, to be able to be so close to the sharks without any cage or anything. It was simply beautiful. And I should add that it was completely safe. The two instructors were there in the water with us the entire time monitoring us swimmers, and the third instructor watching from up top.
We are most definitely coming back to book another tour with Stuart's Cove, but this time I am going to try the dive tour!
Big shout out to our accompanying instructors, Cathy and Anwar and I apologize I cant remember the name of the third gentleman that was with us on Jan 27, 2014. But thank you!!
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