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Spencer Ambrose new Snorkeling Adventure Tour--Has anyone done this?

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Not sure when he started offering this but is says "new" on the website. The tour is just snorkeling--1 hour at Jalousie/Sugar beach and 1 hour at Anse Chastanet, total 3 to 3 1/2 hours, by speedboat. We are thinking of doing this and wondered if anyone would recommend it.

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Unfortunately, our cruise has a very inactive Roll Call and so far no one has signed up for this tour which requires 10 to go.

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We're doing it in October and I haven't been able to find reviews on that particular package either. But it offers stops at 2 of the beaches I most want to see (Jalousie only for a good view of the Pitons and Anse Chastanet for the black sand).

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I am also interested in hearing about this tour- specifically about whether you can use the beach at all at either stop? Or do you just snorkel right from the boat?

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I am also looking for info on this tour. I emailed, but have not heard anything. I am wondering what the boat is like, if it has shade...

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I am also looking for info on this tour. I emailed, but have not heard anything. I am wondering what the boat is like, if it has shade...

It's a speedboat, with a tarpaulin shade cover over a portion of it - it's not full shade at all, and what shade there is will depend on where you're sitting, where the sun is, what direction you're traveling, etc. Be prepared with your own coverage if it's a concern. There's photos of the boat at his website, and in the reviews at TripAdvisor.

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It's a speedboat, with a tarpaulin shade cover over a portion of it - it's not full shade at all, and what shade there is will depend on where you're sitting, where the sun is, what direction you're traveling, etc. Be prepared with your own coverage if it's a concern. There's photos of the boat at his website, and in the reviews at TripAdvisor.

 

Thanks. Was it a good tour?

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So I wonder for a first time visitor if this tour of his ormthe Land/Sea adventure tour would be better. I suppose it depends on whether you want more beach time or touring time.....but would visiting these two beaches provide you the same type of scenic tour of the island from water as the other....

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So I wonder for a first time visitor if this tour of his ormthe Land/Sea adventure tour would be better. I suppose it depends on whether you want more beach time or touring time.....but would visiting these two beaches provide you the same type of scenic tour of the island from water as the other....

 

If it is your first time there, I would do the Land & Sea or Cosol Land & Sea tour. We went with Cosol last time, that is why we are thinking of just the sea tour this time. I guess it depends on what you like, but the Land & Sea gives you a great look at the Island. I think you will see a lot from the sea and it will be somewhat different, but you won't get the waterfall and other land sites. JMHO

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Thank you merinski - I tend to agree with your input and most likely will keep our Land/sea reservation.

 

The driving on twisting roads the whole way with Cosol will in all probability not make my stomach happy...

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Thank you merinski - I tend to agree with your input and most likely will keep our Land/sea reservation.

 

The driving on twisting roads the whole way with Cosol will in all probability not make my stomach happy...

 

I don't think St. Lucia is as bad as some other islands, like Dominica, but I would take some bonnine antinausea before going, just in case. I also heard that pineapple can be bad for nausea...

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Thank you merinski - I tend to agree with your input and most likely will keep our Land/sea reservation.

 

The driving on twisting roads the whole way with Cosol will in all probability not make my stomach happy...

 

It was one of our favorite tours of all the Caribbean!

Have fun!:D

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I am also looking for info on this tour. I emailed, but have not heard anything. I am wondering what the boat is like, if it has shade...

 

Sorry, I was talking about Herod on this one.

I got a reply right away from Spencer!

:D

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I also emailed them with no response. Has been about 3 days. Their website says to bring your own snorkel gear as they do not have every size. I do not have my own gear. I wonder if anyone has any experience with going with them and no gear available????

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I also emailed them with no response. Has been about 3 days. Their website says to bring your own snorkel gear as they do not have every size. I do not have my own gear. I wonder if anyone has any experience with going with them and no gear available????

Are you talking about Herad or Spencer? We like to take our own gear, especially the snorkel... We heard the same day back from Spencer when we emailed.

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We are booked on this half day snorkel with Spencer Ambrose Tours for December. Spencer emailed back promptly and we received a confirmation email as well. We initially tried booking with Herod because we've been on his tours before, but no email back from Herod, no reply on his Facebook, and no Tripadvisor reviews on Herod Tours since April, so perhaps Herod is no longer in business. I've been to both Sugar Beach / Jalousie and Anse Chastenet beaches and they are both very beautiful.

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We are booked on this half day snorkel with Spencer Ambrose Tours for December. Spencer emailed back promptly and we received a confirmation email as well. We initially tried booking with Herod because we've been on his tours before, but no email back from Herod, no reply on his Facebook, and no Tripadvisor reviews on Herod Tours since April, so perhaps Herod is no longer in business. I've been to both Sugar Beach / Jalousie and Anse Chastenet beaches and they are both very beautiful.

Are you back yet? Wondering how this tour was?:D

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Are you back yet? Wondering how this tour was?:D

 

It was good! The snorkel adventure is very much a DIY tour, meaning it’s mostly just transport to and from the beaches and less of a “tour”, but we like that. The guide was friendly and humourous. We left on time. We were quite late getting back, but still plenty of time to browse shops etc

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It was good! The snorkel adventure is very much a DIY tour, meaning it’s mostly just transport to and from the beaches and less of a “tour”, but we like that. The guide was friendly and humourous. We left on time. We were quite late getting back, but still plenty of time to browse shops etc

That's great! I am wondering about the boat, is it hard to get in & out of it? do you use a ladder? Thanks

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No ladder, but one big step onto the dock. The guys will help anyone who needs assistance. I took my grandma on this tour a few years ago so anyone for the most-part able bodied should be ok. I should also note that it’s a speedboat and can go fast / be a bit of a rough ride, which we found a blast ;) Oh and you never get in or out of the water from the boat itself. Always via pier then beach.

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Hey, Merinski! We're on the same sailing. Which tour did you book? For us, it was a toss-up as to the snorkeling only as opposed to the Jalousie Beach Break. Jalousie won, but I'd love to hear what other people thought of this one. We can always change our minds u till the last few days and do a different tour, too.

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It was good! The snorkel adventure is very much a DIY tour, meaning it’s mostly just transport to and from the beaches and less of a “tour”, but we like that. The guide was friendly and humourous. We left on time. We were quite late getting back, but still plenty of time to browse shops etc

 

How late did you get back? And do you know why you were so late? Did you do the early one or the later?

 

How much time did you get in each spot? And were the two beaches comparable in snorkeling quality? Sorry for all the questions - i'm obviously curious. Still on the fence as to which tour I want to do.

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How late did you get back? And do you know why you were so late? Did you do the early one or the later?

 

How much time did you get in each spot? And were the two beaches comparable in snorkeling quality? Sorry for all the questions - i'm obviously curious. Still on the fence as to which tour I want to do.

 

The two tours are very similar. The snorkeling tour you’re more or less left to your own devices and lunch is not included. That was about the only difference between the two tours. I say “late” because it was supposed to be 4 hour, half day, and ended up being closer to 6 hours. It was fine w us as more time at the beach... and we ended up getting basically the full day for the cheaper price. It was roughly 2 plus hours at each beach, plus about 40 minutes each way in transport. No specific reason we were late, just very laid back, and nobody was complaining lol. In other words, don’t book anything for the afternoon after this tour, as return times are “flexible”.

 

Anse Chastenet has beautiful black sand and a lovely fringe of palms. The water is clearer. There is a wider variety of fish, and more fish to see, at least on the day of our tour.

 

Jalousie / Sugar beach is a crescent surrounded by mountains. The view is stunning. The water is less clear and it is rocky getting in and out, but when you get into deeper water you will see massive coral formations. Massive.

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We just did the Land, Sea and Beach day with Spencer and the folks that did the Anse Chastenet plus Jalousie snorkel were on the same boat we were - we dropped them at Anse Chastenet on the way to Soufrière and they rejoined us while we were ending our trip at Jalousie, so their tour was also a full day as others have indicated.

 

IMO, the snorkel only tour is a better way to go, especially if you like some independence. You aren't missing much by missing the volcano or mud baths, and you're not missing ANYTHING by missing the lunch - it was extremely meager and the food was poorly cooked. We would have vastly preferred to be on our own to stop into a local restaurant. Live and learn!

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We just did the Land, Sea and Beach day with Spencer and the folks that did the Anse Chastenet plus Jalousie snorkel were on the same boat we were - we dropped them at Anse Chastenet on the way to Soufrière and they rejoined us while we were ending our trip at Jalousie, so their tour was also a full day as others have indicated.

 

IMO, the snorkel only tour is a better way to go, especially if you like some independence. You aren't missing much by missing the volcano or mud baths, and you're not missing ANYTHING by missing the lunch - it was extremely meager and the food was poorly cooked. We would have vastly preferred to be on our own to stop into a local restaurant. Live and learn!

 

Thank you for your input. I just booked with them yesterday wanting to do the mud bath. Could you explain why you didn't like the mud bath? Thanks.

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Thank you for your input. I just booked with them yesterday wanting to do the mud bath. Could you explain why you didn't like the mud bath? Thanks.

 

Actually, I shouldn't have mentioned the mud baths, as we elected to do the volcano tour instead. The volcano portion was fine but nothing I'd go out of my way for, and the mud bath people didn't have much time before we were all shuffled off to a very crowded waterfall. The mud bath folks on our tour seemed to enjoy it, although there was a lot of consternation about how dirty it made their bathing suits. Um...it's mud!

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we were thinking of the "half day" snorkel tour too- but it sounds like it's a little longer than half day. Is there an opportunity to buy food at either of the beaches? The adults will be full of cruise ship fare no doubt, but the kids might need a snack of something since lunch isn't included.

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DH and I did the snorkel only tour in April. There was a bar that also had limited snacks at Anse Chastanet. There were only 4 people that did this tour, so we started in the boat with the people doing the land and sea tour. We were dropped off at Anse Chastanet and were given a time to be back at the dock. There were chairs and umbrellas to rent here ( (10.00 each). The snorkeling here was some of the best I have done. The corals were very large and varied and we also saw lots of fish and a hawksbill sea turtle.

We were picked up at the agreed to time and then taken to Jalousie (Sugar Beach). The resort here was quite pricey, but there are free beach chairs here. There was also good snorkeling here. This site was more "fishy" while the other had great corals. The area at Sugar Beach was more protected and the water quite calm, while our first stop there was a little more current and fins came in handy here. I can't comment on the gear provided because everyone had their own snorkel gear.

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It wasn't necessary, but we have our own. Get the fins when they are passed out, they came in handy in Anse Chastanet as there was some current here the fins made it easier to get around.

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