I am an avid snorkeler, but my travel companion/partner would rather poke his eyes out than poke his head underwater. So, it was with great trepidation that he agreed to two days of snorkeling during a recent visit to Maui.
To start our adventure, we met Suzzy at a local landmark and followed her to a bay that looked fairly pedestrian. After a thorough equipment review - she has top notch equipment and provides snorkels, masks, fins and wetsuits for everyone - and quick vibe check, it's into the water. Suzzy literally held his hand throughout the entire snorkel tour. He could hold onto the back or side of a boogie board and snorkel if he wanted or could just float with his head out of the water and listen to Suzzy's melodic narrative about the wonders of the bay. While she was pointing out and naming the many and varied fish we saw (so much for the bay looking unexciting on the surface because below the water line was an incredible abundance of sea life!)and giving descriptions of the various types of coral, she constantly checked his state of being. When he felt a little panicky, she instantly had him back in knee high water or on shore until he was comfortable enough to return to the water. By the next day, Suzzy had created so much trust with him, that after the tour he stated, "I was so relaxed, listening to her, floating along with the boogie board, that I almost fell asleep." Many times he remarked how much he enjoyed the experience and that it was his best snorkel experience ever.
When he wanted to take a break from the water, Suzzy gathered me up for a snorkel trip out to view sea turtles. What an sight! The second day, we brought along a co-worker/friend and her husband. My co-worker/friend felt the same way my partner did about snorkeling - until she met and spent the day with Suzzy. She also was blown away by Suzzy's caring compassion and the comfort she instilled in the two of them.
I highly recommend Suzzy for snorkelers of all levels and experience. She is great with kids of all ages - even if the kids are just kids at heart. (She also brings delicious, locally made banana bread as a snack!) Suzzy is available for private tours and will customize your time with her to meet and exceed any expectations you have. Suzzy is an OUTSTANDING snorkel tour leader and I have already recommended her to everyone I think may ever consider snorkeling on Maui.
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