We signed up for an Introductory Dive with East Marine. We have previously done similar on the Barrier Reef and in Bali so thought we knew what to expect.
We picked up from the resort on time and transferred the Royal Yacht Club to join the tour. Upon arrival we were offered a tea or coffee but were given no explanation of what was happening. After over 30 minutes of hanging around a couple of others turned up to join the tour and we set of. The boat is shared with those who are snorkelling and this diving, as it was there was only 8 of us so the boat had plenty of space. The staff running the tour although cheerful did not appear to want to engage much during the trip when some information about the area would have been nice.
After about an hour we arrived at the island. The snorkelers went ashore by transfer boat while we stayed on the boat for the diving instruction. The dive site was literally just of the end of the pier outside of the roped off area for the snorkelers so felt a little cheated. The dive itself was ok with a good variety of fish and plenty of coral although it was very bleached with very little colour.
After the dive we were also dropped off on shore for lunch and snorkelling. As stated the snorkelling was in a roped off area and by the time we arrived a number of other boats had arrived and there were over 200 people snorkelling making it somewhat crowded. Strangely over 90% of the people chose to snorkel wearing their life jackets required for the transfer.
Overall the whole experience was rather disappointing compared to previous experience, while no individual aspect was that poor nothing really had that magical sparkle that you would hope for to make it a memorable event.
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