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everything was good friendly guide only disappointment was the snorkling
I had a great time doing this trip and am glad that I did it. However, it whets the appetite for more. First, the hike is only about a 15 minute walk, so nothing big. I expected something longer. Second, it only takes about a half hour to kayak to the island. On the island, there is not much to do, and the water was too rough for snorkeling. The guide was great, however.
Really nice and knowledgable guides, though after spending a day in Hanauma Bay, the snorkelling part felt a bit flat.
Matias, our guide is great - chatty and fun. The hike is simple (up a hill), kayak was not difficult and water was not deep which eased the minds of some people. Not much to look at though when snorkelling, a few colourful fish only. But it was an enjoyable day. Don't forget your sunscreen - there is no shade!
The overall experience was worth it although the hiking side of things was disappointing.
The kayaking experience was great. It was almost two miles roundtrip to Chinaman's Hat from the beach. The hike was not very worthwhile and the snorkeling was in too shallow of water to enjoy.
Drive along coast to ranch where you can buy eats and items. Short hike up stoney path to nice view. Across road where you wait for a trailer opening to unload kayaks and instructions. Nice kayak to Chinaman hat. Just far enough to enjoy without getting tired (I'm 70). A lot of waiting around on island which is just a small patch of sand with large rocks. Lunch was 1/2 a sandwich, cookies, soda and chips.I could have eaten a whole sandwich and was still hungry. Again more sitting around doing nothing. We finally asked if we could go snorkelling but then the dead whale was discovered off the island a bit away. So we just sat in knee deep water doing nothing. On the way back some interesting looking stops but we were not allowed to stop and look. Much too much for what was a short kayak trip.
The guide was a nice guy and very knowledgable. Unfortunately the activities themselves were really disappointing. The 'hike' was actually a bit of a joke - seriously about 250m to a bit of a lookout. The kayaking was ok - but once again not challenging at all. The snorkelling was also pathetic - sand and rocks, 1 fish and about 4 or 5 pieces of dull colourless coral - very disappointing all round. Then after we had done the activities we were left waiting for about an hour in the 'ranch' before heading back. If you are looking for a challenging adventure - don't go on this tour. If you have little or no physical fitness and experience in the outdoors you might like this.
The view is nice. The kayaking part was great, but the hiking part is nothing special. Chinaman's hat is not the best place for snorkeling. We only saw regular fishes, not the ones with color.
The guide on this tour was great but the tour consisted of a 20 min "hike", 30 min kayak one way to an Island, 45 min snorkel in only 3 feet max of water and then 30 min kayak back to the main Island. They gave no warnings of what not to touch or anything like that. Lunch is only 1/2 a sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink. Deffinetly not a full day tour or worth the money we paid for it.