The trip was amazing. Let me start by setting a couple of expectations.
1. You are in a 2 person Kayak
2. You kayak for about 45-60 min each way
3. It gets dark when you do this
4. Your guide is not holding your hand or paddling for you.
5. You are safe.
My group consisted of a couple of parents in their 40's. Also, a 18, 15, 13, 12, 7 and 5 year old. We paired up on 2 person kayaks. Each person had a life vest. Each boat had a head lamp and a whistle. The main bio bay is 45-50 minutes away. The day we went was very windy and we couldn't make it to the main bio bay, so we went to a secondary site. Ismael, the guide is in front of you in a motorized boat. Basically, Ismael shoots a bit ahead and waits. We paddle to Ismael and repeat.
All of that being said, it is a great team building/bonding experience with not only the other person in your kayak, but your group as a whole. There is something peaceful and centering about paddling through the mangrove trees after the sun goes down.
The best part of the experience by far is swimming in the bio bay. There is really no better way to experience it. Not all of my party swam, but most of us did. It is one of those things that words can't truly describe. Lifetime memory.
When you anchor in the bay, after you swim, Ismael provides a nice snack. Ishmael is also a marine biologist and is a wealth of information.
Last thing, I read the negative review and I think of it like this. If you are not experienced kayakers, which most in our group had never done it before, Ismael is the patient father with the toddler. The toddler can walk by himself, but if he falls, Ismael is there to pick you up. Not one of our group felt unsafe. Some felt anxious at first because they never had done anything like it, but that soon was replaced with wonder.
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