My friend Samantha and I took a trip to Eleuthera this July. We have been looking forward to this trip for five months and planned it very carefully in order to get the best of the short seven days we had on the island. The third exciting activity on our list was the trip to Schooner Cays with Eleuthera Tours. We arrived at 10 am and were immediately welcomed by Donald and his son Talino. Donald was very friendly and pleasant and right away I knew this would be great fun! We were joined by other two people whose trip to the Lighthouse Beach was cancelled due to weather and we did not mind at all because, on top of more good company, it made our trip even less expensive. We headed out to the Schooner Cays first where we swam and snorkeled in the shallow crystal clear waters and relaxed on the beach. Donald cooked lunch on an open fire and then served it to us on a table set with flowers and drinks. We had pleasant conversations when a quick rainstorm hit and we ran to "hide" in the warm sea. The sun soon returned and we moved onto the Marker sandbars. Talino helped us look for shells and sand dollars. We snorkeled around the sandbars as well and got a good view of a stingray and a great barracuda which had no interest in us. We found one lonely sea bisquit and some great conch shells. The color of the water was breathtaking. On our way back we got an extra treat in form of short snorkeling trip to reefs south of the Cape Eleuthera. As someone who never snorkeled before, I was afraid to get into the water where I could not stand. Donald encouraged me to give it try so I decided that I could not miss this opportunity and it was absolutely amazing! Gorgeous reefs, ton of colorful fish, I really did not want this to end. But eventually we had to get back to the boat. On our way to the Cape, one of our fellow travelers mentioned her desire to see a shark. Teenagers! Well, no problem, Donald mentioned. Can be "arranged" as well. Within minutes, when we were close to the dock, as on command six nurse sharks paid us a visit. Donald knows the sea, the weather and everything surrounding his business like the back of his hand making the experience exceptionally memorable. This trip was ABSOLUTELY amazing and I highly encourage visitors to Eleuthera to make time for it while they are planning their trip.
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