Picking up the pace we first booked a catamaran tour with Blue Dolphin thru Suzy at the resort. Originally we wanted to go on Sunday but the boat was booked for a private party. We settled on the Saturday and it was a perfect choice.
The day was hot and sunny and we had all gathered at the shore awaiting the tender to bring us to the ship. We were the last to board and there was about 30 of us in total. The captain and crew were friendly and funny and the refreshments were flowing. A few snacks were also set out. We sailed past the other catamaran Marlin Del Ray which seemed to have more people per foot on board. Was very happy with our choice of the Blue Dolphin.
The winds picked up which meant we didnt get out as far as they would normally go, so they anchored and offered us use of the kayaks or snorkle gear. We had brought our own and altho not expecting great snorkeling we were somewhat disappointed with only seeing 7 fish including the 2 that their diver went down for.. oh well it was fun getting out in the water and we had a great time mingling with our fellow passengers and formed some fast friendships along the way. A great sunset upon our return which was a beautiful ending to a perfect day.
Our second tour was the gauchpelin all day adventure. Let me first say that my experience was not the same as my husbands and altho different we were both glad we did it ...Me because I wasnt ever going to try that again :) lol
We booked this tour in town with x-plore. Gus booked our tour and he was going to be our guide for the day. He was just awesome and I will explain more on that later but I want everyone to know that x-plore and Gus were the best decision we made as far as excursions go.
The tour started with us upon arrival signing waivers and getting helmets for our first segment of horseback riding. Roughly an hour long ride with guides to keep the horses in line and on more than one occasion rescuing someone from going off trail. My horse was definately not used to being behind and tried to take the lead against my better judgement a few times. I think my problem began with the stirrups not in the best position for me. Didnt allow me to properly lift myself out of the saddle. I was so focused on staying in line that I ignored the pain I was feeling on my backside. And no Im not a professional rider lol
We got to our next part of this tour tubing. Again signed some waivers and had a lesson in how to tube. These are rather large tubes which you had to carry down a steep terrain to the river. It was a difficult task going both up and down that terrain with those tubes and a few of us barely made it.
Once at the river we quickly realized that this was no "lazy river" tubing but more like white water rafting in a tube. Ok Im ready !! Yee Haw I jump in ! Well the rapids can spin you around and the tubes act like bumper cars bouncing off the boulders in the river. It was exhilerating and the water was cold. Not bad on a hot day. Thats also when I felt a burning sensation which I first thought was due to the cold water..ouch ! At one point thru the rapids I was turned around and heading backwards. I had caught the attention of one of the guides who looked at me and tapped his helmet. I wasnt sure what he meant asI thought "yeah Im wearing my helmet" until my head and helmet bounced off the back of a rock..Thankgod for the helmet ! They also suggest keeping your legs stretched out for better balance but after getting my toes mashed I tried to only keep them out when there was a clearing.
Our next stop was Lunch (thankyou god) lol The food was great and we left full and happy. I asked my husband to take a look at my backside and he let me know the cause of my discomfort..seems I somehow lost some skin and was bleeding a little. I got skinned horsebackriding....dont know how just know it hurt. This didnt help me much when it came to our final leg zipping.
Once again waivers sighned,helmets on we get fitted with our gear. As it turned out nothing like my previous experience in Hawaii. I felt my tether was too short which meant I needed lots of assistance getting on and off the line. The guides were good but didnt realize that by kneeing me in the backside to bounce me off the line caused me a great deal of pain. I came bck skinned and bruised purple after that excursion. My comfort level at an all time low...I was sore. The views and the ziplining were an experience. My husband rock climbed for the first time and was just amazed by the gorge we were in. Like I said different experiences. Personally at times I felt unsafe like when we stood on a box turned upright and a little wobbly on a platform high up. We were okay of course but during certain parts of that last leg I was exhausted. I also didnt want any part of the rock climbing. I escaped the big one and somehow managed through 2 smaller ones. I was very happy to finish the tour. My husband bought the video lol
We ended the day with a walk to the water falls. I barely made it ...lol My husband jumped in while I safely took the pictures and we got back to the van with out going to the hot springs or mud baths. Frankly it was just too hot of a day and everyone agreed a cool waterfall sounded much better.
I was glad we did it, and I was blown away by the views and the memories of my husband reliving his youth were "priceless". lol
For me I think there was just a little too much adventure for one adventure tour. I know others would consider this a plus and thats fine ,cause Im still recovering from my day as a survivor Costa Rica ..lol
We asked Suzy everyday for news about the turtles. Did anyone see any turtles? The last sighting was the night of our arrival. It was the same answer everyday up until the last night of our holiday. We had one chance to book the tour for our last night and hope to see them....it was our last night and I didnt want to risk those few hours I had left, so we didnt. Im sad I missed them, and I really hope to catch them another time.
There was just 24 hours left of our vacation...what to do ?
Next trip report.." The Last Day" to follow..
Thanks for taking the time to read these lengthy posts :)