Capt Steve and Fish are absolutely the best guides around! My girlfriends and I signed up to do a little snorkeling around Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Alley. From the moment we met up at 900am at the pier near the Tackle Box Bar, everything was just taken care of for us. The No Rush catamaran was clean, spacious with a lot of lounging room, and comfortable. It was perfect for sun tanning and hanging out with friends. Equipped with a small toilet if you're shy about returning the favor back to mother nature. The trip began with our first snorkel site called coral gardens where we saw a wide variety of fish and coral including a parrot fish.
Traumatized by prior snorkeling trips, I was a bit afraid to get into the water. Capt Steve and Fish sensed that and basically guided me into the water with a life saver for the first dive. Fish pretty much dragged me around until I got comfortable with breathing under water. As I got more comfortable with using my flippers and breathing, I let go of my "training wheels" and was able to snorkel on my own. I use to hate snorkeling and now I have a love for it thanks to them. In my opinion, they went above and beyond with this! As we snorkeled, Capt Steve dived to get us fresh conch for ceviche. It was the BEST conch ceviche I've ever had. Fresh out of the water and pure in flavor. My mouth waters at the thought. As we hung out drank unlimited amount of rum punches/rum and cokes, we dabbled in fishing. Steve caught a bunch of fresh fish for lunch and I mean really outdid himself with the fish. They were gorgeously fresh. Afterwards, we went to shark alley where we saw HUGE sting rays and nurse sharks. I couldn't believe I snorkeled literally within a couple of feet of a nurse shark. It was so surreal. Then we went to Hol Chan where there were a bunch of sea turtles. Afterwards was the lunch of fresh fish Steve caught.
It was a perfect day. They knew when was the best time to go to Hol Chan and Shark Alley before the rush of the other boats. They were great guides telling us what fish were what and literally guiding us how to snorkel if you were new at it. They spent a lot of time going above and beyond. When we were in Hol Chan and we saw a bunch of people cramped in a little dinky boat, we knew we completely lucked out. Even though, we went thinking we would share the boat with people, we did not have to and it ended up being a private boat to ourselves. So we literally got a private tour. I would definitely recommend them to anyone and would use them again on my next trip to Belize. They don't get enough credit on TA for the amazing work that they do!
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