Marinarium Snorkeling Cruise

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The Marinarium Snorkeling Cruise is an excursion with 4 hour tour of snorkeling, swimming with sharks and stingrays, and basic catamaran awesomeness included.

I have only been snorkeling once in my life and if I was completely honest, it hasn’t been for lack of opportunity. I live on an island.

No, the reason I haven’t been snorkeling more is because I have a fish anxiety, like the swimming below you touching and maybe biting your feet. It’s all just too too much for me

So this was the perfect for someone with a fish anxiety, right?

But it’s been a while since I’ve tried, so I figured the Marinarium snorkeling cruise would be a great way for me to come face to face with my fishy fear.

The day started out bright and early, I was picked up in an air-conditioned mini-van by two friendly gentleman. the ride to the embarking point was short and pleasant. When we got off the bus there were friendly faces greeting us with juice, which was great, because I hadn’t had any breakfast. We weren’t waiting long before we boarded the double decker catamaran, and right away everyone who worked there was super friendly.

We sailed along for a bit until we got to or point of snorkeling, the guys on the boat started throw out pieces of bread and it was so cool how the fish started to follow the boat.
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This was not their first Marinarium Snorkeling cruise rodeo, they new exactly what this boat meant, it was snorkeling time.

They began to line everyone up, beginners to the left and advance swimmers to the right, I have no idea why that sounded like a challenge to me. So of course, I lined up on the advance swimmer side, cause, you know.

I was fine for like the first 10 min, I can swim… no really I can, but the waves and then all that salty water just started to get to me. I have never really considered myself someone who suffers from seasickness, but then again you have to actually go on boats or in the sea to know this kind of stuff. Which I really don’t do on a regular.

At one point the tube thingy of the snorkel was more like a straw then an aid for underwater breathing, and I drank way too much salt water. At that point I had to turn around, I had to get out. Luckily one of the handsome tour guides could see that I was no longer digging it, and he offered to help me back to the boat.

Back on the boat, I managed to get all of the seawater out of my stomach, if you know what I mean,and even though I was sick the young guide was adamant that I make it out to the pin to see the sharks and take a picture with a stingray. When I told him that I didn’t think I could make it, he found a lifesaver and offered to basically tow me out there. He was working it, so I went, and I’m glad I did, cause if not then I wouldn’t have gotten the sweet pic.

Marinarium

While it seems like I didn’t really have a good time on this tour, that would be incorrect. I mean, I think I could have done without the snorkeling bit, in fact I think I’m good on snorkeling for the next couple of years if not for life.

But what was great was that there was still so much more to the tour than just the snorkeling. While I was waiting for all the salt water to settle in my angry stomach, I sat on the upper deck of the catamaran and soaked up the sun and listened to the music. The views were amazing, like something from a club med or Corona commercial.

Then we stopped in a natural pool where there were a couple of other catamarans parked and just enjoyed Island life for a while with an open bar and beautiful scenery. On the way back there was music and dancing, and of course an open bar. It was just a great atmosphere and a great way to spend the morning.
Marinarium Natural Pool

Some of the other things that made the trip great:
The service was amazing, from the women who served the drinks, the one who helped me figure out the space toilet after I got super sick (yuck!), and the guy who basically gave me a taxi ride out to see the sharks and stingrays.

Seriously…these people went the distance.

They also seemed concerned about safety, good for those who get in the advance line when they really shouldn’t. Ahem.

Marinarium Staff

There were staff in the water snorkeling with us, and when I started to feel queasy and like making it back to the boat was going to be hard work, one of the handsome young staff helped me out.
They seem to only hire young muscular handsome guys, which is not a minus in my book.

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