Jeff and Trish ( along with a friendly pup and an incredibly chill cat) took my husband and I on a lovely snorkeling trip yesterday. We were treated to one of the reefs further out not frequently visited by the big tour "cattle" boats and consequently still abundant with fish and live coral. They will take up to 6 but we were the only folks who scheduled on this day (Lucky us!)
They are true "eco" tour guides and former teachers. On our trip out to the reef, they taught us a lot about what we would see and not only how to protect it but why. That really added to our appreciation of the complexity and delicacy of the community we were witnessing. We were even joined by a pod of dolphins for several minutes before we anchored. We got to witness them group hunting for their lunch.
we had some difficulties once in the water that they handled swiftly and calmly. My mask would not stop fogging or leaking so Trish quickly swapped hers with mine and I was able to swim on without having to return to the boat. She's such a strong swimmer that she was able to swim back to the boat, swap out the defective mask and rejoin us before before anyone else noted she was gone.
Though we are not inexperienced snorkelers, my husband had a moment of panic just after hitting the water (something Jeff says is not all that uncommon). Trish and Jeff, who are also experienced lifeguards, handled it expertly, first by making him feel safe then by reorienting him to his equipment and staying close by until his confidence returned. We then spent 90 minutes or so enjoying the water. They also carried cameras and documented the underwater trip for us.
A cattle call boat did arrive after us, but disgorged its passengers and was gone again before we got out of the water. We never even ran into them on the reef because they were there so briefly.
We were fed well, and treated like friends. We'd do it again in a heart beat and recommend it to anyone, regardless of your skill level.
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