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  1. While its not exclusive to snorkeling, I'm going to recommend Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout. We bought the excursion directly through their Facebook page that included the island tour, snorkeling and the animals. While I don't remember the exact amount of time we had to snorkel, I felt like it was one of the longest times I've been able to snorkel on an excursion. And, the only reason we stopped when we did was because of thunderstorms. They also took us to two locations. One was fairly shallow and at times could stand up, which I thought would be great for beginners to get their bearings, but still interesting for someone who has snorkeled many ties. Then they took us to another area, which is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest reef system in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef. The fish and drop off were amazing. Below are two videos; one is taken from pictures of just some of the island tour, animals and snorkeling, and the other is compiled videos of the snorkeling portion of the excursion. Subscribe to KJ Travel Adventures for more videos. Pictures made into a video of the island tour, animals, snorkeling form the Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout Excursion https://youtu.be/VaKMLYNNaJI Videos of snorkeling portion of Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout excursion https://youtu.be/y35gWkjS2ho
  2. I highly recommend Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout. It will cover the monkey/sloths and snorkeling. We booked the excursion directly through Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout on Facebook that included the island tour, snorkeling and the animals. When we booked the had different packages, so if you only wanted to do the monkeys/sloths/macaws and snorkeling, and not do the island tour that was an option. Below are two videos; one is taken from pictures of just some of the island tour, animals and snorkeling, and the other is compiled videos of the snorkeling portion of the excursion. Subscribe to KJ Travel Adventures for more videos. Pictures made into a video of the island tour, animals, snorkeling form the Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout Excursion https://youtu.be/VaKMLYNNaJI Videos of snorkeling portion of Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout excursion https://youtu.be/y35gWkjS2ho
  3. It has already been mentioned, but I recommend Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout. We bought the excursion directly through their Facebook page that included the island tour, snorkeling and the animals. But, I agree with another poster...you are probably not going to be able to hold the monkeys. Although I didn't see any sitting on top of heads, there was a curious one playing in someone's hair, but she didn't seem to mind. The monkeys will usually just sit on your arm. The macaws are a different story. They landed on your head. And, holding the sloth was so cool! It just seemed so sweet and loveable. If interested, I also recommend the snorkeling excursion they offer. Below are two videos; one is taken from pictures of just some of the island tour, animals and snorkeling, and the other is compiled videos of the snorkeling portion of the excursion. Subscribe to KJ Travel Adventures for more videos. Pictures made into a video of the island tour, animals, snorkeling form the Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout Excursion https://youtu.be/VaKMLYNNaJI Videos of snorkeling portion of Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout excursion https://youtu.be/y35gWkjS2ho
  4. Thank you! How many people do they allow for the tour. The cost is very reasonable, but I'm hoping to keep it to just us four, but we would be okay with a few others. I just don't want it to be too large of a group. Do you know what beach they gave the option to stay at after the tour. We were in Aruba six years ago and went to Eagle Beach by the low rise hotels and loved it. This time my parents will be with us and I would love it if they could see Eagle Beach, but maybe the one they take you to is even better. Thanks in advance.
  5. Does anyone have experience getting an island tour after getting off the ship in Aruba? I'm not looking to book anything prior to arriving in port, but just want this option if available. If you did this: How much did it cost per person (there will be 4 of us)? Was there any walking involved (one of us has limited walking capabilities)? Do you recommend the island tour? What did you see and where did you go? Where do you go once you get off the ship to find someone/a tour company to give you the island tour? How long was the tour? Thanks in advance for any information provided.
  6. Does anyone have experience getting an island tour after getting off the ship in Curacao? I'm not looking to book anything prior to arriving in port, but just want this option if available. If you did this: How much did it cost per person (there will be 4 of us)? Was there any walking involved (one of us has limited walking capabilities)? Do you recommend the island tour? Where do you go once you get off the ship to find someone/a tour company to give you the island tour? How long was the tour? Thanks in advance for any information provided.
  7. We were in La Romana, Dominican Republic in September 2013 and went to what was then known as Dreams Resort La Romana. It is now called Hilton La Romana (the new management took over in November 2018). It is a true resort that offers day passes for cruisers. I believe it went under renovation last year (but not positive). We will be in La Romana in October and I contacted them late last year to see if they still had the cruise ship day passes for $65 and they said they did, so I made our reservations. It was $65 per person, and I believe the taxi is about $35 each way (it's about a 25 minute drive, if I remember correctly). The pass included the swim up bar, beach, a huge pool with water sports and just swimming, drinks are all-inclusive, and they had a buffet (I kind think the buffet opened at a specific time for lunch, but can't remember for sure). To be honest, I didn't verify that all of this was still included, but I did mention the day pass as Dreams Resort and they said they were still honoring it. I also brought my own snorkeling gear and while its by no means great snorkeling, I did see some fish and starfish, which I never saw before and haven't seen since while snorkeling (but that's not to say you would see the now). When we were there in September 2013 we felt like we had the beach to ourselves, but some coworkers went in March 2014 and they said it was packed. Keep in mind this was several years ago and it is now under new management, so I'm not sure what to expect. But, my husband and I really enjoyed it, thus the reason we plan to go back this time. There is a downside (in my opinion), at least for us with the time we are in port, which is 9:30am-4:30pm. I think in 2013 we arrived in port at 8:30, so we are losing an hour this time. But, we will probably only have about 4 hours or maybe a little more at the resort. I'm basing this off the time to get off the ship, walk up to the taxis and then get to the resort (hoping to arrive at 10:15 to 10:30. If the ship is leaving La Romana at 4:30, they will probably want us back on the ship at 4pm. We could probably leave the resort at 3:00pm, but I want to give us plenty of time to make sure we are back on the ship. As other cruisers know, it is very bad to miss the ship leaving port. One other important detail, I would rather communicate with people via email because I don't do a lot on Facebook, but I remembered from 2013 that the resort was not responsive to emails, but very responsive to Facebook. I used Facebook again this time, and they responded within 24 hours, and I made my reservations through Facebook for Hilton La Romana.
  8. I'm a little confused by the previous post, because La Romana is in the Dominican Republic, not Dominica (although they are right about them being two different islands). We were in La Romana, Dominican Republic in September 2013 and went to what was then known as Dreams Resort La Romana. It is now called Hilton La Romana (the new management took over in November 2018). It is a true resort that offers day passes for cruisers. I believe it went under renovation last year (but not positive). We will be in La Romana in October and I contacted them late last year to see if they still had the cruise ship day passes for $65 and they said they did, so I made our reservations. It was $65 per person, and I believe the taxi is about $35 each way (it's about a 25 minute drive, if I remember correctly). The pass included the swim up bar, beach, a huge pool with water sports and just swimming, drinks are all-inclusive, and they had a buffet (I kind think the buffet opened at a specific time for lunch, but can't remember for sure). To be honest, I didn't verify that all of this was still included, but I did mention the day pass as Dreams Resort and they said they were still honoring it. I also brought my own snorkeling gear and while its by no means great snorkeling, I did see some fish and starfish, which I never saw before and haven't seen since while snorkeling (but that's not to say you would see the now). When we were there in September 2013 we felt like we had the beach to ourselves, but some coworkers went in March 2014 and they said it was packed. Keep in mind this was several years ago and it is now under new management, so I'm not sure what to expect. But, my husband and I really enjoyed it, thus the reason we plan to go back this time. You mentioned you were in port from 9:30am-4:30pm, which is the same as us later this year. The downside of that is that we will probably only have about 4 hours or maybe a little more at the resort. I'm basing this off the time to get off the ship, walk up to the taxis and then get to the resort (hoping to arrive at 10:15 to 10:30). If the ship is leaving La Romana at 4:30, they will probably want us back on the ship at 4pm. We could probably leave the resort at 3:00pm, but I want to give us plenty of time to make sure we are back on the ship. As other cruisers know, it is very bad to miss the ship leaving port. One other important detail, I would rather communicate with people via email because I don't do a lot on Facebook, but I remembered from 2013 that the resort was not responsive to emails, but very responsive to Facebook. I used Facebook again this time, and they responded within 24 hours, and I made my reservations through Facebook for Hilton La Romana.
  9. We were in La Romana, Dominican Republic in September 2013 and went to what was then known as Dreams Resort La Romana. It is now called Hilton La Romana (the new management took over in November 2018). It is a true resort that offers day passes for cruisers. I believe it went under renovation last year (but not positive). We will be in La Romana in October and I contacted them late last year to see if they still had the cruise ship day passes for $65 and they said they did, so I made our reservations. It was $65 per person, and I believe the taxi is about $35 each way (it's about a 25 minute drive, if I remember correctly). The pass included the swim up bar, beach, a huge pool with water sports and just swimming, drinks are all-inclusive, and they had a buffet (I kind think the buffet opened at a specific time for lunch, but can't remember for sure). To be honest, I didn't verify that all of this was still included, but I did mention the day pass as Dreams Resort and they said they were still honoring it. I also brought my own snorkeling gear and while its by no means great snorkeling, I did see some fish and starfish, which I never saw before and haven't seen since while snorkeling (but that's not to say you would see the now). When we were there in September 2013 we felt like we had the beach to ourselves, but some coworkers went in March 2014 and they said it was packed. Keep in mind this was several years ago and it is now under new management, so I'm not sure what to expect. But, my husband and I really enjoyed it, thus the reason we plan to go back this time. There is a downside (in my opinion), at least for us with the time we are in port, which is 9:30am-4:30pm. I think in 2013 we arrived in port at 8:30, so we are losing an hour this time. But, we will probably only have about 4 hours or maybe a little more at the resort. I'm basing this off the time to get off the ship, walk up to the taxis and then get to the resort (hoping to arrive at 10:15 to 10:30. If the ship is leaving La Romana at 4:30, they will probably want us back on the ship at 4pm. We could probably leave the resort at 3:00pm, but I want to give us plenty of time to make sure we are back on the ship. As other cruisers know, it is very bad to miss the ship leaving port. One other important detail, I would rather communicate with people via email because I don't do a lot on Facebook, but I remembered from 2013 that they were not responsive to emails, but very responsive to Facebook. I used Facebook again this time, and they responded within 24 hours, and I made my reservations through Facebook.
  10. We did the power snorkel excursion in 2013 in Grand Turk. I really enjoyed it, but it didn't seem like everyone did. I think some had difficulty getting used to the machine. The only issue I had was not being able to take pictures because both hands had to be on the machine. While I'm happy any time I'm snorkeling, I will admit that while the fish were big and there were a lot of them, it was basically the same white and yellow fish (either Bar Jack or Yellow Tail Snapper). I would have liked to have seen a variety of fish. Power Snorkeling Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyIWEuiro00&feature=youtu.be There wasn't a lot of coral, but I thought the snorkeling was good right at the cruise terminal beach (based off 2013 and 2014). Here's some videos of what I saw snorkeling at the cruise terminal beach: Snorkeling with a barracuda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siGqNnjrDd0 Snorkeling with a parrot fish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y0QOaMk5Sw Snorkeling with flounder (there were a lot of them if you looked and watched close) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnWr1BVtc0U
  11. I agree with the other posters that think Nachi Cocom sounds like the place for you. I also highly recommend Nachi-Cocum. The food was great, very relaxing but fun, and fairly quiet. I even did a little snorkeling (brought my own gear). I didn't see what I've seen on snorkeling excursion, but did see fish I hadn't seen before. We enjoyed every minute of our time there and would definitely go back. Here is a video (from pictures) of Nachi Cocom. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/HWVhLuEm46o
  12. My husband and I went to Nachi Cocom in 2017 and loved it. It was quiet, very relaxing and plenty of food options that were great. We took a taxi from the cruise terminal and I think it was just a 20 minute drive. Spent most of the day there and would definitely go back. Here is a video (from pictures) of Nachi Cocom. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/HWVhLuEm46o
  13. Our excursion also took us to different places to see the tide difference, but the Reversing Rapids is truly the only place you see the "reverse" of the river flowing into the bay and vice versa. We also went to St. Martins Sea Caves, and you can see the tide difference there. But, just before that stop we stopped at a covered bridge and visitors center in St. Martins. When we arrived, the tide was way down and the boats were hardly in the water. You could see the bottom of the boats. When we came back an hour and a half later, the tide was up and the boats looked like any normal boat in the water. You can see the water line on the dock and how much more it would rise. Below are pics of before and after. But, again, in my opinion, if you want to see the "reverse", it's at the Reversing Falls Rapids. While I definitely enjoyed seeing the tide rise in St. Martin, and the tide difference is a whole lot different than you see elsewhere in the world, seeing the reversing rapids was pretty cool. But that's just my opinion and everyone has their own idea of what is cool and amazing. 😊
  14. Saint John, New Brunswick A lot of excursions in Saint John, New Brunswick go to the Reversing Falls Rapids. It is pretty cool to see, but hopefully you are in Saint John long enough to go back in about 6 hours and 15 minutes to see the change. Here is a short video at low tide and slack tide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBGqgM0JWL8 Halifax, Nova Scotia I enjoyed Peggy's Cove a lot. I've heard some people say they could skip it, but I wish I could have stayed a lot longer and walked and climbed more on the rock formations. We only had about 45 minutes there on our excursion. Here's a video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZGAG1SWVPA Bar Harbor, Maine Bar Harbor was beautiful. I could live here, at least during the summer. Our excursion went to Acadia National Park, Cadillac Mountain, a lobster bake and a few other places. Give yourself a little time to explore Bar Harbor. It's a cute little town. Here's a video on top of Cadillac Mountain. It had gorgeous views all around. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD5MCf10Lt0&feature=youtu.be Have a great time!
  15. A lot of excursions in Saint John, New Brunswick go to the Reversing Falls Rapids. It is pretty cool to see, but hopefully you are in Saint John long enough to go back in about 6 hours and 15 minutes to see the change. Here is a short video at low tide and slack tide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBGqgM0JWL8 The Reversing Falls Rapids in Saint John, New Brunswick are a unique phenomenon where the Bay of Fundy and the Saint John River collide. At low tide (0:00-:052 seconds of video) the Saint John River empties into the Bay of Fundy causing a series of rapids and whirlpools. As the tide rises, they slow the river current for a brief period called slack tide (0:52 to 1:26 of video). This is the only time boats are able to travel through. The Bay's tides continue to rise, reversing the flow of the river and forming rapids again, peaking at high-tide. The 28 foot tide cycle takes approximately 12.5 hours
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