Posted May 10th, 2012, 11:05 AM
DD & I did this on our first stop to HMC. I thought it was a horrible waste of money at the time. I'm not a swimmer, so had never tried to snorkel. Unlike at Grand Cayman, you can't wander around this area because of the coral reef, so I ended up standing next to the stairs. They seemed more interested in the forced photo ops than anything. By the time she got around to feeding the stingrays (which I love to do), I couldn't get near them.
I did finally go snorkeling in Cozumel, and when I realized I wasn't going to drown, I decided I would give this another try last November, since I hadn't done a stingray excursion in a long time (did them in 4 different ports on 4 consecutive cruises when I first started cruising - yes, I love the stingrays)!
This time, we were a much smaller group (it was pouring rain), there were no forced photos as we entered the water, and the guide was a handsome man!
I was all ready to snorkel, but I have a frozen shoulder, and with my very limited mobility and lack of swimming ability, I ended up just hanging around until we fed the stingrays.
For the price, it's well worth it. But if it's hot and sunny, the group may be so large that they split it into two.
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