Spent a week in Puerto Rico, did a lot of great things, but the whole family 2, 50-year-olds and 4, 18-year-olds agreed this was the best thing we did. East Island Tours set us up with the boat Eco Esleno with Captain Arturo and crew Christie and Christian. The day before we got a friendly phone call to make sure we knew where to go. They warned us that the seas might be a little rough in the morning, which they were. Of the 6 of us, 2 found the hour-long trip to the reef a little nauseating, and 4 thoroughly loved the thrill ride. We then arrived at the reef where we snorkeled for about 1 1/2 hours. The water was still and clear. We saw hundreds of different kinds of colorful fish from an inch to a foot long. One of us had never snorkeled before, and the crew were really great at making him feel competent, confident, and comfortable. They had float belts for anyone concerned about treading water, and offered to give snorkeling lessons to anyone who wanted them. They also provided snorkeling gear which was clean and in good shape. We then got back on board again, and traveled to Flamenco, where we anchored a short distance from shore. Then they served us a great lunch. Drinks with and without rum! and snacks had been flowing since we left Fajardo, but now they served us a really great lunch. REALLY good crusty bread rolls and a wide variety of sandwich meats, cheeses, pasta salad, bean salad, cabbage slaw, fruit, cookies, were all fresh and filling. My daughter, a vegetarian, found the options satisfying too. After eating we had the choice of another reef with good snorkeling, or it was a short swim to the beach. After reading previous reviews, we bought waterproof bags on Amazon to get our gear to shore. The boat can't dock at the beach. It wasn't really necessary. We didn't need clothes, shoes or towel. But I was happy to have my good camera with me. Previous reviews also concerned us about the distance we might have to swim to get to shore, but it was nothing. I'll post pictures below showing the boat and beach. Most of the distance was less than 5 feet deep. The crew offered to help anyone get to shore who thought they needed help, but no one did. It's clear why Flamenco Beach is consistently named in the top 10 list of most beautiful beaches in the world. The sand was white and as soft as powder. The waves were so clear they looked like spun glass. The color of the water was the most brilliant aqua. We were there the first week in January, considered a busy holiday week, yet there were not many people on the beach at all. When it was time to return to the boat 2.5 hours on the beach, Arturo blew the horn. The 45 minute ride back to Fajardo was much easier than in the morning. As I was thinking I wished we had more time on the reef and more time on the beach, my daughter commented that the day was just perfect -- that we had spent just the right amount of time at each stop. The crew was attentive, friendly, and entertaining, without being goofy or obnoxious. They provided really good instructions on how to make the most of our experience, as well as how to be safe and how to respect the natural environment we were in. The boat was small and intimate, but we traveled with a total of less than 20 people. We had plenty of room to spread out. It seemed much better than the other large groups we saw departing at the marina. We even had a bathroom on board. The boat and bathroom was spotlessly clean. My ONLY suggestion is for them to get a longer music track. Great music, but we heard it about 4 times from the beginning to the end of the day. Although it wasn't necessary, we left a rather large tip for each member of the crew quite simply because they gave us an awesome day. We will do this again some day.
This catamaran trip was an excellent day trip! The crew truly cared that all passengers really had a good time and went out of their way to make sure everyone was happy. Thank you!
Had an amazing time on this trip!! Crew were awesome, super friendly, helpful and attentive.
Great tour with East Island Excursions ... the best staff.
The crew very highly professional, versatile, kind and very friendly, offered us during the trip to Culebra, lunch buffet, open bar, music, in his comfortable and ample catamaran. Diving, swimming, visiting and getting to know Flamenco beach, recognized among the 10 best in the world, complement this extremely recommended tour, which you should not miss if you are visiting Puerto Rico.
Great staff! Very recommendable tour! Culebra beach is so wonderful!
Completely worth it. If I were to do it again I wouldn't change anything.
Amazing day even though the weather was not cooperating!
Awesome trip! The cruise across the water to the island was fast and the weather beautiful. The first stop has great snorkeling while the second stop takes you to a beautiful white sandy beach. They gave plenty of time to swim ashore and take a walk down the beach and back. Be sure to go see the tank stuck on the beach. Lunch was plentiful, lots of sandwich makings and fruit and the bar is flowing! They will keep you drinking, no shortage there either! The crew was very nice, helpful and a lot of fun! They deserve any tips you give so be sure to bring something extra along! A great trip, lots of fun. Next trip I will stay on Culebra to spend more time there.
This was great. so worth the money. Went with my 11,13 year olds and they snorkeled for the first time. They give you plenty of time to snorkle, plenty of food and very friendly staff. After we left snorkeling we went to Flamingo to hang out. Beautiful beach. It was a great time.
The best trip ever. The service was amazing and the scenery was unbelievable. The staff was all but the greatest. Thank you so very much for all you did to make our trip so amazing!
Terry N Irene Franks
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