In Florida for a week, way up in Fort Myers. Decided to take a day or two and drive down to the keys and try snorkeling. Read lots of reviews, and decided to head to the middle keys. Decided on Spirit after reading about them and the others on Marathon. Called a day ahead, was dealt with efficiently (they were checking in the 1pm tour, and offered to call me back, which she did in about 15 mins).
From the road, its not much to look at, literally "behind porky's" BBQ joint. (In fact, for directions, use porky's in Google maps) But they were very professional, efficient, and both the captain and divemaster took their job seriously and were both a bit humorous, and serious when appropriate. Full boat for us, 43 I think, but plenty of room, and a fun ride out.
The Sombrero reef was amazing for me, a 1st timer. Gear was nice rental gear, clean (they sanitize everything in Clorox water) and worked fine for me. We were given some beginner instruction, regarding equipment, and also how to snorkel and where to go/not go. It was a total blast for me, my wife and our 14 year old daughter. I dont think a single person on our ride had a bad time. Conditions were nearly perfect, slight swells, no wind.
Both my wife and I however did not heed the advice of many people, and did not take Dramamine... so... we both felt a little "green" on the way back (NOT from the ship, but from "bobbing" while snorkeling) - wont make that mistake again. But I STILL had a good time, and would do it again in a heartbeat. And just like the captain said, once he got moving back in (and a nice splash of water hit me) I felt a LOT better.
I can fully recommend this company for any first-timers/families out there. Good time, safe, fun, and a good value.
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