I cannot say enough great things about our entire experience with Fabien / OC4 Island. Our family of 4 (mom/dad/2 boys - ages 11 and 7) had a fantastic time canoeing with Fabien in the ocean and the mangrove swamp. We are experienced paddlers but certainly did not need to be to enjoy this trip. Fabien had everything covered and made us feel completely at ease the entire time. The trip itself was a good balance between sea paddling, swimming and slow paddling/drifting in the swamp. We saw many iguanas and colorful fish - Fabien even showed my boys how to rescue a beached puffer fish.
After reading the many positive tripadvisor reviews, I began emailing Fabien approximately 2 months before our cruise to inquire about an excursion and he was immediately responsive, guiding me and offering options to maximize our experience every step of the way. After an easy taxi ride from the port in St. Marteen to the Windy Reef Center at Galion Beach, Fabien was waiting there for us with a smile. The outrigger canoe was spacious, stable and fun to paddle. During most of the trip, we could see down to the bottom of the ocean because the water was so clear. After the trip, we walked a minute down the shore to eat at a great little beach shack and spent a few hours swimming in the turquoise waters at Galion Beach. What a perfect way to spend the day - highly recommend!
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