Posted January 30th, 2006, 09:58 PM
I was just in GC last week and did the Rays, Reef and Rum Point with Nativeway- and all I can say is WOW!!!! I did have my three children: 4, 8 and 10- and they all had no problems what so ever. The two guides were Chris (drove the boat) and Charlie (swam to get the rays), along with a very nice girl from a video production company. It took maybe 15 minutes to get out to the sand bar. There were about 6 boats in all, so we stayed in one section, which was all we needed- because once those rays know the food is coming they start swimming by you. I was never once scared for my children (either because of the water or the rays), my 4 yo was a little hesitant to actually touch them, but she did. It was my 10 yo who we had to coax into the water- not sure why??? Anyway the water was beautiful- just like a pool and warm!
If you do the rays and reef the water at the reef may be too rough for your little one. My daughter wore a life vest and rode on my husband's back for awhile, then went back into the boat. I made my boys wear a life vest around their stomachs to help keep them up. The water was about 12 feet deep and there are waves/currents.
Rum Point is by far the most beautiful beach I have ever been to! Read the posts (there are plenty of them), and they are all true. I would actually consider spending a week at the beach- which I never thought I would want to do.
Don't worry about your children's safety- they will love the adventure and so will you! I highly recommend Nativeway- check out the web site- the prices are reasonable and the groups are small.