There are so many tours to see the turtles but I chose the speedboat option rather than spend a day on a catamaran - how glad I did.
This tour is run by Stephen (Steven) and daughter Kim and what a great team they are. Steve picked us from our hotel and the first impression you get is a guy who is friendly and loves his job / passion and like all Bajan's his island. We drove to Bridgetown and "checked in" and then climbed aboard his speedboat. After safety instructions we were off and Kim immediately looked after us offering drinks to all. I think we had 11 people on the boat which is a nice size group for this type of tour.
Our first stop was the sea turtles as there weren't too many boats in the area. Kim gave us strict instructions of the protocols of what we had to do when in the water so as not to scare off the turtles - pity some other groups didn't give such expert advice !!
Once in the water it wasn't long before the turtles appeared and I mean close encounter, close enough to touch. Add this to the fish already around it was exhilarating
Next point of interest was snorkeling over to wrecks with their fish colonies. Once back on board more drinks were offered before we set off for the reef - in Steve's boat it is great as the three engines rip into the water and you zip across the sea. At the reef we all followed Kim's lead and saw some lovely fish and more turtles.
Our final stop was at Sandy Lane Beach - pristine sand and time for a bit of relaxation! Chips and salsa dip were served along with the best rum punch on the island. It was then back to the harbour at full speed (or very fast anyway) great way to end the tour.
This tour is a must for any visitor to Barbados whether you are there for a fortnight or even a day tripper from the numerous cruise ships (we had a family on board from a ship).
You don't have the full lunch meal with gallons of drink, what you have is a sensible light snack and drinks ranging from soda / water to beer and once all the serious stuff is out the way the rum punch is provided. All snorkels / vests / masks and fins are high quality.
We loved this tour so much we tried to to do it again before we left but weren't able to .......but there is always next time :o)
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