Posted January 20th, 2012, 12:52 AM
We just got back from our cruise and did do some snorkeling in Grenada. We wanted to use Seafaris as they were highly recommended and the tour aspect sounded great. Unfortunately they were contracted with RCL for excursions in the morning and their free afternoon time had been booked for a long time. The upcharge for the cruise line was so blatant that I just couldn't do it. My son being under 12 was an issue that would involve emailing the cruiseline and the vendor, plus most dive operations charge half for kids, not so RCL. The Seafari lady was great in our email conversations and she referred me to another dive shop, Eco Dive and Trek and we booked them. Seafari was $89/pp through the cruise line, and Eco was $40 pp and half for my son. It wasn't the full tour like Seafari, they just took us to the dive site, but we did have a guide to show us each statue and take care of us. It was perfect.
They were supposed to pick us up at the pier in a water taxi, but the staffer ended up coming by car, since a boat had not returned in time. So we did get a nice car ride through town over the the dive shop on Grand Anse beach (very pretty). We had to go past the cruise ship to get to the site, so they dropped us off by the cruise ship. That was all included, so good savings there.
We had some scuba people with us as well, they got off the boat first as they had more gear. It wasn't a hot day, and my skinny son found the water a little cold, and the water wasn't that clear. It was our first day off the ship so we were in good spirits and had a good attitude about it, just full disclosure. (I'm still kicking myself that I didn't bring his shorty wetsuit, but I never thought we'd need it in the Caribbean.)
The statues are very cool and thank goodness for our guide to show us and explain. We aren't strong swimmers so we had floatation and we could still see them all from the surface, as some are in pretty deep water. It was a great outing and we really enjoyed ourselves. Don't get any sand on Turbo's boat!