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“Go to Isla de Mujeres!”
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Private Sailing Tour to Isla Mujeres with Open Bar
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Albatros Catamarans, offers sailing tours from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. Also offers an exclusive Luxury Catamarans that it has all the facilities and amenities provided by a yatch.
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We took a catamaran to Isla de Mujeres and it was a great time. We snorkeled at a coral reef along the way and then did some 'parasailing' from the catamaran over the ocean and it was great! The staff were excellent and went above and beyond the entire time. It was a great trip and I highly recommend it.,

Thank Kara W
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

So we're in Cancun and would like to try a catamaran day on the ocean. Booked this company through Sunwings at our hotel. Were told we cold pay extra for a "superior" catamaran that would have at most 20 people on board and an inside cabin. Also included are snorkelling and parasailing behind the boat (if you like).

When we left harbour (late) on our smaller boat we were packed with guests. I tried counting but lost count after 40 guests! Also, no parasailing offered!

On the way back from out at sea a storm hit us - hard. The rain pelted down icy cold. The inside cabin quickly filled with older guests leaving those that didn't fit to sit on top of the boat and front to freeze on the way back (hour and 1/2). Not fun.

To add insult, just before we got back to the dock (freezing and wet) the crew stop the boat dead and bring out the tip box. The gu y with the tip box held a $20 USD bill in our faces so we were clear on their tip expectations. Only when done did they power up the motor and take us into dock.

Also note, in addition to tip money you must bring money for the Mexican tax ($7/person) and $10/person if you want the open bar. Talk about a grab for money...

1  Thank LaidbackTravelers
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Captain Pedro worked tirelessly to keep the 5 lines working and active. He also knew where the fish were because we all had several turns in the fighting chiar.

One especially magic moment was when my son-in law caught a large grouper. One the way back Capt. Pedro fileted it and then Blue Angel Hotel/Restaurant cooked it three different ways. Have you ever had a grouper that you caught two hours earlier for dinner? DELICIOUS!!

Thank DonW597
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Watch out, this is a tourist trap! Me and my husband both agreed that we would have been better off taking the money we paid for this, wiping our --- with it, then throwing it all away into the ocean, and at least had a better day relaxing on the beach, instead of what we got with this tour. We wanted to go snorkeling and were originally going to do another tour, but the guy that sold it to us said that the snorking for the Isles Mujeres tour would be better, and it was a bit cheaper with more included: we were promised 2 hours of snorkeling, time with a veg shark, tour of the island, free drinks and lunch buffet, and para sailing on the way back, all included, so we were sold. However, we got almost none of that.

It was basically a party boat, with obnoxious music playing so loud you couldn't hear yourself talk. They were pretty much forcing drinks on everyone, and I guess being drunk would be the only way to enjoy this. The snorkeling part was pathetic: they didn't take us all the way to the reef, so what we saw was a bunch of seaweed and mostly dead coral. But we didn't even time to enjoy that as the guide kept hollering for us to follow him as he quickly swam in a circle back to the boat. We were only in the water for 15 minutes and I had time to take just 8 pictures. But when I asked one of the boat's crew they said we'd be going back a second time, so not to worry...

Then we "toured" the island, which mean they dropped us off and gave us half an hour to look around, encouraging us to rent a golf cart (you pay for the whole hour by the way) and trying to get us to buy the useless junk the vendors sell there. Then back on the boat for a few hours while people drank themselves stupid. Then the lunch buffet, which was awful. At which time we could see the shark, which turns out was not included as they wanted us to pay extra for that. But it was really sad, as they basically found a shark and trapped it in a little enclosure in the water, with some guy holding it out of the water half the time so people could see it. It was so sad to see, as you could tell the shark had given up long ago and was basically lying there limp in the guy's arms. Once we were back on the boat we had to endure the boat party for a few more hours, but we were at least looking forward to more snorkeling and the para sailing. However, there was no para sailing; instead the boat stopped in the middle of nowhere interesting so people could go on this "swing", which was basically a parachute-like thing that takes you 10-15 feet in the air and swings you around for about 15-20 seconds, then you jump into the water. It was lame. And there wasn't another opportunity to snorkel. They told us we could swim while people were doing the swing, however there was nothing to see but sand so no point in snorkeling. So the main reason we did this tour, we spent the whole day suffering to get 15 minutes of, and those 15 minutes were pretty lame. I can see if you were a college kid on spring break, that you would enjoy this. However, that was not how it was advertised to us, so we were really upset that we wasted an entire day in Cancun on this tour. I wish we could get our money back, but the company that does these tours makes that pretty much impossible.

3  Thank moSchmoe
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is a trip from Cancun's Marina Albatros beside Temptations Hotel to Isla Mujeres. I sailed on the boat Don Diego. The crew is your safety team, bartenders, entertainment, snorkel guides, and all-around hosts. A catamaran is a wonderful way to sail on the ocean. As we were returning to port after our visit to the island the wind picked up. The crew quickly dropped anchor and let loose a parasail to take advantage of the breeze to offer this last bit of fun to us when we were napping and lounging on deck. It was a thrill. It was the crew that made a trip a fun ride.

Thank UptownScribe
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