Bring a digital underwater camera. If you don’t have one, someone you know does. Just get it.
Bring biodegradable sun-screen. Lots.
Bring 20 bucks or so for a wet suit rental and a few dollars to tip with if you wish.
The trip was well worth it. More of an adventure than an excursion so have your bucket list handy. Best $250 spent ever.
We did this as a shore excursion from the Oasis of the Seas out of Cozumel, so try to keep that in mind while reading this. Your experience will probably differ depending on the circumstances.
After a quick ferry ride from the cruise boat to land, our tour guide met us immediately. I forget her name but I won’t forget her smile. She was upbeat and very knowledgeable and spoke several languages. Once our group was all there (10 minutes) all 6 of us got into a climate controlled van (the AC was as cold as you wanted it, just speak up) and we were off. We filled out some paperwork, basic stuff and learned about how to safely experience the whale sharks.
This is when the first critique I have comes into play. We were instructed that we were not to put on anymore sun-screen on unless it was biodegradable. The reasoning was, and this makes sense, most sun-screen contains oil and oil floats on water. The plankton that the sharks are after is at the surface so if everyone is wearing sunscreen, when they all jump in there is now a bunch of oil mixed in with the plankton and the sharks inadvertently swallow a bunch of oil. I didn't happen to be carrying my whale-shark-friendly-sunscreen with me so I was kinda screwed. More on that later.
Next is the second small chance for improvement: Our tour guide recommended taking a Dramamine to prevent sea sickness. I do not get sea sick or motion sickness but I wasn't taking any chances. The problem was no one had any in the van and none was provided so we had to pull into a convenience store and buy a package that contained 20 pills but only 6 of us needed. I feel that you shouldn't forbid normal sun-screen but not provide an alternative for, what $10? Same thing with the Dramamine. Just have some for the guests that are paying $250. And honestly to be fair, I probably wouldn’t have been that impressed if both the biodegradable sun-screen and Dramamine were provided free of charge but it just could have been so easily fixed; that’s the kind of thing that I would just include in the package.
At this point, we still have an hour of driving. I am not sure exac
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