I'll try to keep this review in as much context as possible although having done many similar trips throughout the Caribbean and even Turkey that may prove difficult!
Starting with the positives. Pick up was very efficient and comfortable. We were picked up perfectly on time not far from the hotel in a very modern van and after one more pick up we were soon at the marina. On arriving we were greeted warmly by whom I presume were the owners and soon led out to the Catamaran which was a very nice modern boat. We set sail, the beers were cracked open and the music (which was pretty good) started playing. As for the crew they were very friendly on the most part, the main guide in particular was a very good laugh.
Unfortunately things went down hill from there. I was told the boat can hold up to 60 people but never more than 40 are loaded. If the boat can hold 60 people I certainly wouldn't want to be on it. Compared to comparable trips I've been on I felt space was a big issue and couldn't really spread out. After what felt like about an hour of sailing we stopped by this reef to do some snorkeling (equipment is provided). I know they can only work with what they've got but I wasn't particularly impressed with the reef and the currents made swimming difficult. Again I know this isn't something they have control over but the stop wasn't particularly pleasurable for me.
Once we set sail again it was lunch time and things didn't really improve. We each got a paper bag with a sandwich, packet of crisps and a little snack in which compared to the beach BBQs etc I've come accustomed to on such trips,s was very disappointing. (Though to be fair to them what lunch consists of is made clear beforehand.)
After a while we made our second stop at what appeared to be a not particularly interesting harbor wall. After hearing about this floating "diapers" I was intrigued to learn what they were, turns out its little more than a life jacket put on backwards... Alas I decided to sit that one out and watch people descend in the water and then have cans of cheap beer thrown at them. Shortly after this it was time to return to the marina and head home.
The problem I have with this trip is of value. We paid $110 per person for 3 of us so $330 in total making it probably the most expensive trip like this I've been on. I regularly go on comparable trips in places such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic which not only last all day as opposed to half a day, but also include more stops, a cooked lunch on the beach or on the boat, more space and to top it all a much smaller price tag! Which makes me wonder what my money has actually paid for.
So in conclusion, if you have good money to burn and fancy a ride out on a Catamaran for a few hours a long with a sandwich and a few beers then this is the trip for you. However if you've done these kind of trips elsewhere and are used to a certain standard of value then it may be worth sitting this one out.
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