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“Alphonso was great”

Lil Alphonse Snorkeling
Ranked #1 of 78 Tours in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 December 2009

Good tour guide -- he won't disappoint you. Talkative, friendly, safety-conscious, etc. Took us to Hol Chan and did a great job.

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Reviewed 18 May 2009

Our hotel arranged a snorkeling adventure with Lil Alphonse and it was GREAT! We snorkeled at Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocas. This site is to the north and provided great snorkeling if you want to see pretty, large, and diverse coral formations. Fish at this location were smaller varieties and very colorful. We had such a good time on this trip that we booked a second for a 2nd trip out to Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley. Again, a great trip. Lil Alphonse and his crew were very professional, took the time to re-educate you before getting in the water, and made sure your masks were perfectly clear so you would have the best viewing experience. Highly recommend this company!

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Reviewed 18 March 2009

I was looking for the name of my snorkeling guide when I went to San Pedro back in 2005. I wanted to recommend him to friends. Without the previous review, I would have never remembered his name. Thanks! I just want to add my experience as well:

It was my first time snorkeling and Alphonse made the experience much more memorable. There were only four of us in his small boat - which made it much more personal. He is flexible and experienced enough that when he saw the Hol Chan Channel busy, he immediately took us to the "Petting Zoo", beating the big boats, and therefore taking the best position in the area.

The crowd from the big boats were a free-for-all - there were no guides to lead them and their customers were bumping into us and each other to the point that it actually became a bit hazardous. However, Alphonse made sure that we were comfortable and safe. (Remember, this is the first time I have ever snorkeled or go into the sea that deep.)

Then a most special moment: he was able to coax a 4-foot nurse shark close to the surface. Each and every one of us in his boat had the chance to hug a nurse shark for a picture. That picture is still and will always be in front of me on my office desk (see attached picture)!

The Hol Chan Channel stop was also quite remarkable as he introduced us to all the different wildlife in the area. From different shrimps to corals. A spotted ray eel "flew" by and I was surprised that he was so genuinely excited on seeing one. He actually loves his job and his clients.

I have nothing but praise for Alphonse. You will not regret rendering his services.

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Reviewed 8 March 2009

My family of 5 were in San Pedro and had the pleasure of meeting Alphonse! His name had been mentioned, so we inquired at Banana Beach Hotel and made our reservations there. We went to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. We have a deaf son and Al made sure that he understood everything he was saying, my son read lips) he was so patient and kind. He is such a wonderful young man and so very knowledgable about the ocean and it's creatures. He sees things that we would have never seen and points things out that we would have missed. We just can't give him enough praise and thanks for making our snorkeling experience the best we have had!! I promise you, you won't be disappointed with Alphonse. My husband and I will be in San Pedro April 09 and have already booked with him. You can go to him site and book online with him!! Let him know that Jack and Frankie said hi!!

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Reviewed 30 August 2015
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