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“Wonderful time”

Captain Jimmy's Fiesta Cruises
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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3 reviews
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“Wonderful time”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

I really enjoyed my time at Biscayne National Underwater Park. The Ranger and Captain of the snorkeling boat were both informative and entertaining. Add to that the beauty of the reef I visited and all the colorful fish, and I had a fantastic day. I'll definitely be back.

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Fantastic, but Prepare to be Flexible”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

The National Park itself (reefs, nature, etc.) are excellent and well worth the time and money. However, I had a little difficulty in the reservation process with the NPS concessioner, Biscayne Underwater. I planned my entire one-week vacation on a fairly tight schedule. A few days after booking a date and time for the snorkeling trip, I received emails from Biscayne Underwater letting me know that I would need to reschedule due to there being not enough participants for my scheduled reservation time (they need a minimum of 12 people to conduct the tour). I was a bit frustrated at the last minute notice only a day or two before the trip. Although, for full disclosure, I also didn't book the trip up until the week before. So I rearranged my itinerary so that we could still fit the tour in on the newly offered date and time. Initially, I was tempted to cancel altogether, since I felt frustrated by the inconvenience of needing to rearrange my vacation, but I'm so glad that I didn't. Once the day of the tour came, the concessioner and its guides were wonderful. They were friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. And as for the underwater portion of the park, it was breathtakingly beautiful. If you have the time to do the snorkeling trip, I'd highly recommend it, as it's the third largest reef in the world behind Australia and Belize! But learn from me, and try to book early in advance so that if the reservation needs to be adjusted, you have some room to do so. Also, be prepared that you may need to switch from the date you originally choose if they don't have the minimum number of participants, which I'd imagine is more often the case in the off-season when I went.

Visited June 2013
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Miami, Florida, United States
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“A once in a life time oportunity”
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Captain Jim Barlett and his vary helpful mate Carl Cummings were both knowledgeable, experienced, and professional in undergoing the proper procedures that made the whole trip worth wild. Captain Jim kept us entertained with his humor and also gave us a educational lesson about area and the historical moments that went on their ;however, Carl Cummings was always there when I needed to ask a question, like how do I wear my equipment, how deep is the water, what type of fish or even the dangerous ones for that matter that are in the water, continuously insuring my safety especially when we were in the water he always had an eye on us, scanning the water to see if there was any danger, so the whole time I felt safe and secured in the coral reef. In my personal opinion this was one of the BEST snorkeling trips I had ever had and made this get away one to remember, with it beautiful and diverse coral beds plus its the worlds third largest coral reefs in the world, so their is a myriad of overwhelming coral to see and experience, its like being in a new world. even the fish astonished me, so many species that I've never seen before, the colors on them were breathtaking literally it was like a rainbow down their with an explosion of colors. It is located in the tip of Florida, so its basically the Caribbean seeing all these exotic wonders! I am definitely going back to witness magic once more.

Visited June 2013
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Austin, Texas, United States
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16 reviews
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“Biscayne National Park Snorkel Adventure-Great Time!”
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Had a blast on the snorkel cruise on 6/10/13. Captain Jim is an awesome tour guide...fun and very knowledgeable. Well worth the money!

Visited June 2013
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great Day at Underwater Park!”
Reviewed 13 June 2013

Spent a very enjoyable day. Rented Kayak in the morning - complete with paddles and life vests. All were in great shape. Afternoon spent on catamaran trip and snorkeling on a wonderful coral reef. Captain Jim and Whitney (boat captain and snorkel instructor, life guard) made this trip an unforgettable experience. There are tables near the water to enjoy a picnic lunch. There were only snacks available onsite. Plan a whole day; you will not be disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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