We recently came home from a trip to Mexico where we stayed at Gran Bahia Principe Coba with 5 other friends. We booked the catamaran excursion through Local Quickies and winced a little at the price, but since it sounded so much better than other companies we did it anyway.
By far this was the absolute highlight of our entire trip, hands down. We were greeted by Derek at our hotel (we paid the extra $10 for pick up/drop off) and from the start we knew we were in for an awesome day. He was friendly, funny, and extremely knowledgeable about the area.
Our first stop at Akumal Beach for snorkeling with sea turtles was sheer perfection. I especially appreciated Derek's attention to the environment and his specific instructions so we didn't disturb any of the ecosystem. Our second stop was Yal-Ku lagoon where we snorkeled through really neat rock formations and saw all kinds of cool fish. I will say if you are not a strong snorkeler (like me) it was challenging at times, but a neat experience. Our last stop before the catamaran was a beautiful secluded cenote (fresh water) where we got to snorkel and swim.
Lunch was FANTASTIC. Actually probably the best meal of our trip. We stopped in a little town (I wish for the life of me I could remember the name!) and had fresh fish or chicken tacos with tortillas and salsa...spectacular.
Lastly, the catamaran tour was pure heaven. The open bar was a little too open and I probably drank more than my fair share but that's what vacations are for, right?? We were treated like royalty and they do not lie when they tell you that your small group (there were only 14 of us) will have the entire boat to yourselves.
This day was more than we could have ever imagined and I would strongly recommend it to anyone traveling to Mexico!