This was such an amazing experience today!
Archie and his crew are consistent professionals. There were 2 families and 8 people on the boat which was perfect. We all met up at the restaurant and were provided a nice breakfast, then loaded onto their nice, bigger, clean boat. We are a family that snorkels quite a bit, but we went with the life vests anyways. In no way did it change the experience. They do have suits for $10.00 though, if you prefer. We then set out for the whale sharks. It only took about an hour today to get there and upon arrival there were so many boats. Once again, our professionals did not let that deter any of the experience. They have a digital fish locator and quickly found their own spot, got us ready and my son and I jumped in. Once you find the sharks, e ready because it moves at a fast pace. You get plenty of time, but you are so excited that everything just seems to move faster. Watching the sharks above in the boat is very exciting, too, while you are letting other swim. We brought our IPhone to take pictures and video. The diver with us was wonderful. It was his first day with the actual whale shark tour and you would have been thinking he had done this for 20 years. Our gentleman who gave us all the directions before we jumped in was so helpful and spoke perfect English. They help you in and out of the water and time the changes of people perfectly. No issues at all with timing and sharing the boat. I was super impressed with the driver, that is an underrated position. He found the sharks the entire time and moved us around as the sharks moved. He located and pointed and reminded you to "look down." Truly professional the entire time and so impressive. I honestly feel like we saw at least twenty or more whale sharks....my son thought it was closer to thirty. There were so so many and we saw and swam with tons of them. They are huge and at tims seem to follow you with their head and big open mputh.....what a show that is. Lol. Now, three of the other family on our boat got sick after their first dive, so we got to dive many extra times. I think I went five or six times. It was plenty for sure. They helped the sick members and still took care of the rest of us. They had addressed the sick plan ahead of time, we keep swimming regardless of someone getting sick. So if you are queezy take precautions. If you don't get sick, you may get a lot of extra swim time, which was nice.
Upon completion, we set off for Isla and passed several dolphins, with Archie turning the boat around to follow them. Everyone was so excited, including the guides. It was beautiful. We saw some turtles along the way, also and then we we stopped to dive through the ocean coral side of Isla, which was really nice and calming.
Upon arrival to North beach, we were given wonderful homemade Ceviche and it tasted so good. My son and I dove off the back of the boat and swam back to our condo while my husband returned and brought the golf cart home. Very very cool for my son to hang out on the boat and then swim home. He just loved that.
I must mention that there was a lot of food and drinks provided along the way. Ham sandwiches, sodas, water and drinks following the dives and that was all before lunch. Very tasty.
We have climbed the waterfalls, swam with dolphins, stingrays and lots of snorkeling with fish and other beautiful creatures. This is our second time back to Isla and we came for the Whale sharks. We loved it and was what my son claimed to be his best adventure yet. It was an amazing day from early morning to around two p.m. I highly reccomend this company. We booked about six months prior to confirm our spot and date. I suggest you do the same because once the secret is out, they will book immediately. Thank you guys!!! We will be back!
Worth every penny to get here and then swim with the sharks!
No worries with these guys!
the Roots from Kentucky
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