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June 20, 2011
From journal Aruba 2011
Shaker Heights, Ohio
February 5, 2006
We walked the plank and drank "pirate's brew" aboard the half-day sailing cruise on the high seas. The captains dropped us off at three locations to snorkel: coves, a sunken shipwreck (The Antilla), and along the coral reef. Depending on your skill level and whether or not you had snorkeled before, there was a spot for everyone. Tropical fish swam in schools around you, but it was hard to capture good pictures with a cheap disposable camera.
One word of caution: if you have never snorkeled before (like us), you may want to take your time near the sunken ship since it is in deep, rough waters. I preferred to float around the beautiful coral reefs and coves, where the water was much calmer. Guides are nearby at all times to assist you, so have no fear.
I highly recommend having a good underwater camera to capture the essence of the tropical waters. It was like floating in paradise, so tranquil and serene. The underwater cameras that we used only produced 10 decent pictures, so it is worth it to buy a good model.
We sunbathed on the ship's deck all day and tried to reapply sunscreen as much as possible without frying. It is also a first-come, first-serve basis for getting a prime location on the deck to lie down. It was a little stiff and sore on the back and bottom, I must say, but the "pirate's" music and booze kept us alive and distracted from the pain!
Before heading back to land, everyone had the opportunity to swing from the ship's rope into the sea for a large dunk. The "pirates" of the boat demonstrated their stunts and gymnastics ability while everyone watched in amazement. Everyone has the opportunity to swing off the rope and plunge into the serene bay below, but we were both a little scared to take the risk. People of all ages, young and old, and all nationalities boarded the ship, and we had a great morning/afternoon together.
Heading back, we were caught in storm, but it had passed by the time we docked; storms blow in and out quickly in Aruba because of the trade winds, which makes your activities much more enjoyable.
Overall, it was an amazing first snorkeling experience for my husband and I. I had done research online prior to going for the best snorkeling cruise with entertainment, and booked our reservation online before arriving to receive a discount for early reservation--and it was worth every penny! We paid $40/per person for a half-day snorkeling retreat on the high seas, which included all you could drink and eat. I would recommend this snorkeling trip to any beginner and any honeymoon couple looking for a half-day adventure!
From journal Honeymoon in the Aruban Paradise
Cary, North Carolina
September 9, 2004
From journal Bon Bini! Welcome to Aruba - One Happy Island