What should I bring?
Appropriate sunscreen, sunglasses and hats and a towel if you wish. Soft soled, flat shoes (no high heels please). Shorts/trousers/swimsuits are most suitable for sitting on the jockey seats. Sunscreen - We recommend high factor 40+ sunscreen and please put it on at least 30 minutes before getting on the boat. This gives it chance to properly soak in and reduces the amount that gets washed off in the water as it can be detrimental to the fish and coral. We use Banana Boat Ultramist factor 50 or 85. It is a spray and goes on very easily unlike the old fashion gloop of traditional high factor sun blocks.
Is it for all ages?
Absolutely! Our youngest guest was 2 years old and our eldest was 89!! We do ask that children under 16 be accompanied by an adult. We have a bench seat which may be reserved for small children or anyone who feels the jockey seat may not be suitable for them. Children from about 4-5 are normally ok on the jockey seats.
What if I've never snorkelled before?
We have a fully qualified PADI Scuba instructor on board who can give instruction if required. You will be shown how to use the equipment and a guide will accompany you to make sure you are safe and to ensure you don't miss anything. It is always a good idea to have a practice first if you get chance, hotels often have a water sports desk you can borrow equipment from and practicing in the swimming pool will boost your confidence and allow you to spend more time enjoying the experience.
Do I need to bring my own snorkel gear?
If you have your own mask, snorkel and fins then feel free to bring them but we do have the latest equipment available on board. We also have snorkel vests and swim floats for those who aren't so confident in the water.
What if I don't want to snorkel?
That's OK too, we have water and soft drinks on board and your captain will be staying with you on the boat. So relax, listen to some music, listen to the captain's tales of how Greanda became his home. You'll be amazed by the numbers of hungry fish which always appear when our boat arrives. Or maybe just jump in and have a swim if you feel like it. The captain will also brief you about what the others are looking at and give you some stories and history to keep you occupied.
Will I get seasick?
We aim to leave the dock quickly and when the boat is moving it is very unlikely you will be affected. If you still feel worried then eating a light meal and avoiding alcohol before departure will also help to prevent symptoms. Various anti-motion sickness tablets are available over the counter at chemists.
Is this trip right for me?
You should be in good health, with no previous serious neck or back injuries, and should be able to maintain your balance whilst seated. This tour is not for pregnant women, and may not be suitable for some disabled or wheelchair participants. Passengers over 275lb/125kg in weight are advised that the trips may not be suitable. If you have concerns please contact us. If we can make it happen we will!
Will we get bashed about on the boat?
Our tour is not a "white knuckle ride" The conditions on the West coast of the island are normally very calm as this side of the island is protected from the prevailing wind and so generally the ride is very smooth. Obviously out on the sea we may get the odd bump but this is not your average speedboat, the hull is designed for rough weather and most people are amazed how smooth the ride is.
Is it safe?
Rest easy, our tour is fully insured and has been assessed and approved by all of the local tour operators in Grenada, many of the global operators such as Virgin Holidays and most of the cruise ships. Our boat is designed to handle the roughest of seas but our passengers are not, so we assess the weather constantly and monitor any changes very closely. As we have no control of the weather (the sun dance does not always work) and conditions are felt to be unsuitable we may cancel the tour and try to work on getting you on board another day. If this proves impossible then we do refund any monies paid.
I'm worried about Sharks and Barracuda
It would be wrong to say there are no sharks here in Grenada, but in reality they are not found where we snorkel. Sharks do not have us on their menu and as their regular food is found several miles offshore this is where they stay. We have never seen anything dangerous at our snorkel sites. Barracuda and the like are on the menu for local fishermen, the clever ones stay in deeper water, the brave ones end up as dinner.
How clear is the water?
The water in the area where we snorkel is normally very clear, when we arrive we can normally look over the side and see the bottom and the reef as we pass over it very clearly. The water depth ranges from about 10-25 ft. Sometimes we will get a few days of poor visibility and we try to work around this as much as we can by changing snorkel site and very occasionally the water might not be suitable for snorkelling at all. We have a couple of back up plans if the need arises, with maybe a beach stop or by extending the adventure tour. We will advise you if this is the case.
Other general advice...
If you are already on holiday then please watch the sun as you can get burnt very quickly. 1/2 hr without sunscreen can be enough to ruin several days of your holiday. So make sure you slip, slap slop the sun cream on! Also beware of the rum punch and other cocktails, the waiters are very liberal with the measures and the rums can be 70% alcohol and so are very strong...... generally a boat is not where you want to be with a hangover or sunburn and you just know everyone else will come back and tell you what a great time you missed........so don't over do it.
Cancellation policy.
Unless otherwise agreed, you may cancel up to one week in advance and get a full refund. In the event that you give less than one week's notice, we will issue you a 50% refund. In the event of less than 24hrs notice or cancellation on the day your seats will be charged at full price. If we cancel due to bad weather or mechanical difficulties, we issue you a full refund.
Other important information...
As with any boat the Captain is in charge of the vessel and is responsible for the safety of the boat and all of the passengers. In the interests of your own safety and the enjoyment of our other passengers the Captain has the right to refuse to carry any passenger he feels is unsuitable for the tour. The Captain will refuse to carry anyone who may appear intoxicated or under the influence of any other substance that may affect you adversely.
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