Our family of 2 adults and 2 kids did a 5 1/2 hour trip with Jonathan and his crew last week and it was definitely one of the highlights of our week in KK. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the snorkeling available so close to Kota Kinabalu; comparable to what we have seen in Fiji and Great Barrier Reef. Going on a private trip meant that we were able to visit snorkeling spots where we often the only ones there which made it extra special.
As well as a large array of tropical fish we also got to see some reef sharks which was a particular highlight for the kids. Luckily Jonathan had already explained that they would be more scared of us than we were of them before we set out!
Despite the fact we were all competent swimmers and snorkelers we really appreciated the fact that one of Jonathan's crew swam nearby us at all times towing a life ring. I had not expected us to need it but it was very useful on several occasions when our 8 year old daughter (and me!) wanted to take a break from snorkeling. We felt at all times as if our safety both on and off the boat was paramount.
The boat, life jackets and snorkeling gear were all very good quality, as was the variety and quality of the drinks and food on offer.
The trip is not cheap compared to the standard snorkeling trips offered by the hotels but when you consider that you get to visit a variety of different snorkeling sites away from the usual mob of boats and tourists, high quality snorkeling gear with a nice lunch and drinks thrown in on your own private boat we felt it was well worth it.
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