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This was a great excursion! Took my teenage son and his girlfriend. We all had a great time. There was plenty to see and we never felt rushed. Plenty of time was given at each of the stops. The team was very knowledgeable and helpful. There was plenty on space on the boat, and it never felt crowded. The staff made sure we had everything we need, and the equipment was in good condition. Out of the three stops, each was better than the last. Swimming with the sharks was a really cool experience! If you have any tendency towards motion sickness, make sure to take some meds beforehand. Even on a calm day and a smooth boat ride, one of us got a little nauseous. Also, spend the extra money on the fish food. It is great to see all the different types of fish come up to you! Really was a great experience and well worth the money. I'd consider doing it again if ever in Nassau.
My husband and I had a great time at the 2 reefs we were taken to. We saw lots of fish and the reef was beautiful. The staff was so friendly and helpful. They had easy access into and out of the water. We also enjoyed the snorkel time with the sharks. It was so much fun. We can't wait to go back to the Nassau and go to the same place and snorkel again. We are both 60 and we had a great time.
Outstanding!--they were waiting for us outside the cruise ship terminal, very nice people, explained things very clearly. Went to three dive spots, I stayed on top of the water since it was my first time snorkeling
Full of jokes when were about to swim with the sharks.
Probably one of if not the best snorkel trip I've ever taken! First class operation and best snorleling sites.
Excellent adventure. Crew members were very friendly and definitely willing to put out that little extra effort needed by beginners. I would definitely recommend this trip.
Great trip. Easy to book. Pick up and return to cruise ship was very easy and worry free. Crew on snorkel boat very friendly and knowledgeable. Had a really great experience and would highly recommend, can't wait to go again.
It's been too long for me to remember all of the names of the crew (Feb trip, now May), but my children and I had a great time. The bus pick-up and drop-off was very easy as we were at the Cruise Terminal. On the boat, the Crew was Professional and we stopped at two locations, both which had an abundance of sea life and coral only ~20 feet deep. I also did get to swim "above" the reef sharks, about a dozen, 3-5 feet long, they (the crew, not the sharks) were a little cautious as I wanted to swim down to the bottom with the sharks (I can hold my breath a long time), but I had to stay on the rope line and I was kept from jumping in with the sharks while feeding them, but the crew certainly was looking out for my safety. My children were treated great and helped with the snorkeling equipment. All-in-all a great trip and good conversations after with the employees in the Store. I did see a large sea turtle as well escaping from me. Gary
We had a great trip with stuart cove . They pick us up right on time got us back to the ship on time .The three snorkeling places where very good saw turles, two eagle rays, 12 sharks largest being 12 feet. The crew where friendly and helpful highly recoomend them way better than going with the ship. Thanks for the wonderful time. Lee
We were picked up at the end of the pier a 30 min drive to the dive shop the 3 dives were great the plane was good the fish came right up and ate the food we got at the dive shop the reef was beautiful several schools of fish. The 3rd dive was with the sharks it was amazing . I would recommend it to anyone of all ages. They also have free diving and 1tank dives. If my son would have known he would have gone diving
Excellent excursion! Bus was on time! Drive through Nassau was a good way to see the island, without personally driving it! Arrived at Stuart's Cove and it was a very easy and organized check-in. Employees were very courteous, informed, fun, and they made the snorkeling a safe and wonderful time. Swimming with the sharks was a "first"... can't wait to get my scuba cert. and the, scuba with the sharks!
We've been on dozens of snorkel excursions and this one ranked right up at the top. We've booked with Viator before and have never had a negative issue. They keep you informed about your upcoming excursion/adventure and their prices are usually lower than other companies. (Plus they have their warranty, which luckily we have never needed.)
I have snorkeled extensively in Belize, so I had high standards for any snorkel excursion. The reefs and Stuart's Diving Cove (contracted with Viator) even exceeded my expectations. It was the best day of our cruise as far as I'm concerned. The reefs were in good shape, very much alive with lots of diverse tropical fish and the dive team let us browze around by ourselves for about 30 minutes at each of 3 dive sites. You could venture off by yourself if you were experienced or stay close to the boat if you weren't. We saw sharks and dolphins, and the team was great to work with, very charming. I highly recommend. Well worth the money.
It was great, the people in the boat very knowledgeable and really nice.
The different sites were owesome and give us enough time to enjoy and is probably the best snorkeling excursion we did.
This excursion was a lot of fun! We were picked up by Stuart Coves' bus and were shuttled to the dive shop which was about a 45 min ride. Got motion sickness on the ride there, tons of tight, curvy roads; make sure you take dramamine before going (for the bus ride and the boat ride). There were 3 stops on the snorkel tour. There were tons of fish to see including bluefins (Dori) and parrot fish (my 9 year old's favorite). Our captain and diving assistant were very helpful. There were 62 riders on this tour which was very crowded, lots of riders had to stand during the ride. Staff were very serious during the shark snorkel stop. Riders had to follow instructions to ensure everyone's safety. Overall had a lot of fun on this tour. Would do it again!
My boyfriend and I had a great time on this trip! We saw plenty of fish and shark. The tour people were very friendly!! We'd never snorkeled before and they helped us with the proper technique. I did get sea sick as it was a very very rough day at sea with a storm coming. Would def do this again!
The snorkeling was great. Small group of a dozen snorkelers and three scuba divers! I really liked the sunken plane from the movie jaws 4 and the shark dive! The guides were very professional and plenty of time to see awesome stuff including a spotted Eagle Ray, a nurse shark and lots of beautiful tropical fish. I'd show photos but we used a one tio=me underwater camera and they're not developed yet! Great trip, highly recommended!
GREAT snorkeling trip! We absolutely loved being able to be in the water with the carribbean reef sharks. It was amazing. The staff at Stutart Cove's was friendly and helpful. The transport from our cruise ship was on time and great, as was teh staff at the Dive shop. The captain and his crew on our snorkeling boat were incredible. :)
Would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who plans a trip to Nassau. I cannot wait until my children are a bit older so they can as well.
I enjoyed the tour. Pick-up was very easy. You meet by the water fountain right outside of the cruise port market and the pink bus will pick you up at 8:15am. After about a half-hour drive you will be at Stuart Cove's headquarters on the southern end of New Providence, where you will complete registration and get your snorkeling equipment. They charge 3.00 tax for a new mouthpiece, which we thought was worth it.
Our first stop was at Hollywood Bowl where the scene in Pirates of the Caribbean where Jack Sparrow was marooned on a deserted island was filmed. There were plenty of colorful fish and coral reefs to see. We had about 25-30 minutes at this stop.
Our second stop was called Little Elvis and was a larger coral reef ecosystem with similar fish. Other guests say they saw an eel in a cove in the coral but we did not. We had about 30 minutes here as well.
Our final stop was at Shark Arena. We were instructed to not make any sudden movements or leg or arm flailing. We also had to hold onto a rope connected to the boat. The sharks were about 10 feet below us but a few swam closer to us. Once back on the ship, they brought the chum back up to the surface and we were able to get plenty of good shots of the sharks fighting over their dinner.
The bus trip back took very long as the bus was loaded with guests from all different hotels so there were many stops.
The only negative to this tour that we experienced were the lack of actual communication from the ship crew. I would have liked more information about the places we were visiting and the fish we were seeing similar to what we have experienced on other snorkeling trips. There was also one of the ship's crew that really bummed us out talking about how poor the people in Nassau were, how bad crime was and how many women have been murdered this year alone. It seemed as though he was trying overly hard to elicit sympathy to get a few tips.
Overall, I would recommend this tour.
The snorkeling was great in the first two locations. Snorkeling with the sharks at the last location was cool, although the staff noticed they were behind in their schedule so it was very crowded for the last group of snorkelers with the sharks. The staff was very friendly and unlike other snorkel excursions I have done in the past, they weren't trying to attack you with extras to purchase (pictures, souvenirs, etc). Overall we had a great time!
Both my wife and I enjoyed the snorkeling excursion. The snorkeling sites were very good. The only drawback is the pick up from the cruise terminal. We arrived via the cruise ship. When we arrived at the pick up location (water fountain) on time, nobody was there. I had to call the company to ask for the pick up and the driver arrived in about 10 minutes.
for some reason that i could not find an answer to, my friend and i did not get to go on one of the 3 snorkeling places and we were not late. the final place was where the excitement finally began as the other site did not have the usual colorful fish and coral. i've swam with sharks 8 times but here you don't actually swim with them -you are floating on the surface holding on to a rope looking way down at the sharks. the guy scared us when he said that they have hand fed these sharks for 20 yrs so when in the water do not put your arms out as they will think you are feeding them. hellooooooooo- i need to move my arms a lot to
swim especially since the current was really vicious plus i need to have my arms out to videotape. didn't
get much video or pics because the water was so crazy. i still enjoyed it watching them -a heart pounder.
i got better pics when he pulled the shark bait back up to the boat and many of them were at the surface for
We were late getting off the cruise ship but the bus waited for us. We had a great time and the kids loved swimming with the sharks. It was the highlight of our trip.
The excursion was good -- we saw plenty of fish and sharks. But, if you are leaving from the cruise ship port be prepared for an hour drive by bus to the actual dive shop/boat location. The boat was fine but not a lot of "fun." No music - No drinks. Good snorkel trip but not a great trip.
JMB - June 2012
We were off a cruise ship and we did not get picked up and had to pay extra for a cab. Tour was just ok. Says 5 hours but that is travel time and the water was rough to snorkel.
Im sure this excursion would be great at times but not with near 50 knot winds. The guides were great but we should have not went out in that rough of water. Several people got sea sick as the boat was bouncing around. 2 couples on our cruise just wouldn't go because of the weather. I did however and wished I would have followed there lead. I wouldn't book until I got there and checked the weather out first.