I booked the snorkeling through my cruise ship's excursion, but there were people there who had booked this independently. I've been snorkeling a lot, but this is the first time I've seen museum items.
A guide picked us up and on the way to the place to get started talked to us about Roatan and the people and way of life. He also handed out a map of what we would see when we began snorkeling, going from the docking area to the pre-Colombian era, the colonial era and the modern era.
You can check all your items in a locker, then walk across what I thought was a very long bridge. The reason it felt long was because I had checked my glasses in the locker and also there was about 1/4" space between the wooden slats. I thought we were never going to get to the dock!
We got geared up, and don't worry if you're new, there are 3 guides there to help you get fixed up with the masks and fins and snorkeling things. Once everyone's in the water, they wait a little for everyone to get used to things, then one guide leads the way and another stays in the back. You just keep an eye on the white float and holler if you need any help (but doubtful you will).
Along the way, the guides will find cool sea life, grab them and let you pet them or hold them. One of the guides just grabbed my underwater camera and took off (I didn't realize it was a guide at first and it really startled me), then he started taking photos for me. The pictures came back really good and clear.
The only negative about this experience is that I was hoping to see more colorful fish, but it is what it is.
I heard other people talking about snorkeling in Cozumel and how choppy and wavy the waters were. I was glad I did my snorkeling in Roatan where the waters were relatively calm. The water is very salty so you don't have to worry about staying afloat!
After we got back to land and I felt better when I got my glasses back on, we got to eat pizza (I think it was $2 for a big slice) which is oven baked in an open oven, and have beer or water. Maybe Cokes....I don't remember but I'm sure if they had beer and water, they had sodas.
You can walk up and down the little strip of beach, too. If you're looking out at the water, then turn right and go in that direction as it's prettier. Take your camera for that short walk.
Most people just sat in chairs or laid out in the lounge chairs and relaxed.
I absolutely loved this excursion and highly recommend the professionalism of the company.
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