In another post someone asked the question, "How can I tell if the currents are strong before heading out to snorkel in deep water such as at Waterlemon?" I think this is an excellent question and I don't feel it was answered thoroughly. I have only snorkeled the cay 3 times: once easy, once overly strenuous coming around the far tip counterclockwise, and once we turned around at the tip because we were playing dodge the large purple moon jellies. I loved what I saw on those snorkels and would love to return, but I don't want to put our lives in danger. Thanks, Kevin, for pointing out that a full or new moon affects the tides (I knew that, but didn't factor it in).
So, I have 3 questions. (1) I arrive on the full moon this year, how many days past the full moon until the tides calm? I'm only there a week. :(
(2) My husband told me when we got into the water from Leinster Beach on one trip to notice the sea fans, etc. On one trip, we didn't even attempt the cay because everything was bending toward the ocean a lot. Is that an accurate way to tell if the currents are strong? I never grew up around the ocean so that didn't occur to me.
(3) How do you determine whether to go around clockwise or counter clockwise?
Thanks for your help, because I'm really looking forward to possibly doing this snorkel again.