Family snorkeling trip coming up.... looking for ideas

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by Joe Mack, May 10, 2011.

  1. Joe Mack

    Joe Mack Angel Fish

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    OK…. I know this a scuba site and I appreciate the information and opinions from the knowledgeable folks who visit this site. However this time I have a “family snorkeling” question. My wife and I are taking our son (8 years old) on another snorkeling trip in June. We have to been Cozumel several times and last year did the Whale sharks at Isla Mujeres. We are considering Cozumel again due to the ease of getting there and the simplicity of jumping in just in front of the hotel. However I was thinking about a different place in the Caribbean or Mexico. Cayman is high on the list because I think Stingray city would blow him away. I would appreciate any insight on “family oriented snorkeling trip”.
     
  2. tadeotadeo

    tadeotadeo Photographer

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    You might want to check into San Andres Island there is great snorkeling and diving and they also have a stingray tour where they take you to feed the stingrays and a snorkeling site where you find them in the sand between the reefs in 10-20 ft of water. It may cost a bit more to get there but just about everything else is cheaper there.
     
  3. DandyDon

    DandyDon ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ohau has great snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. It's been decades since I've been there but they used to feed all the fish, and if you didn't - the fish would pull the hairs in your legs. :eek: I followed the cable out thru the break in the reef once to deeper water. Lovely fishes! Not for the timid tho as getting back was tricky.

    If snorkeling was really great tho, I wouldn't have a room for scuba gear.
     
  4. lmorin

    lmorin Loggerhead Turtle

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    I own a condo on Bonaire. About 40% or so of the folks who rent it are snorkelers, not divers. That has surprised me, but they love it. Many of the dive sites are also decent snorkel sites, as well. This Map of Bonaire dive sites indicates which ones are recommended for snorkeling.
     
  5. browntrout

    browntrout Barracuda

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    You might try the mainland across from Coz. We took our daughters to Akumal for 10 days last year and they loved it. The diving on Coz is far better than the mainland, but it's the opposite for snorkeling. Around Akumal you have Akumal Bay, Half Moon Bay and Yal-Ku which offer some great snorkeling. I see turtles everytime I snorkel Akumal Bay. Your son won't see huge rays like sting ray city, but I regulary see 1' - 2' foot southern rays in both bays. There are a bunch of accomodations that you walk out of the door and into the water.
     
  6. DandyDon

    DandyDon ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    And there are other sites to visit not far away - Coba ruins, Howler monkey area, etc. I wonder if they rays there would respond to hand held bait? It's an easy drive down 307 from Cancun now that the thruway thru Playa del Carmen is complete.
     
  7. annhay21x

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    Last year I went to St. Croix with my family. Nice place to have your first underwater drive, Sea turtles and tropical fishes are what you will see in variety beneath water. St. Croix is situated in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
     
  8. Joe Mack

    Joe Mack Angel Fish

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    I really appreciate everyone who responded with some great information. However we just found out my son made baseball allstars and our family vacation is going to be impacted by this. It looks like a much shorter vacation due to all weekend playing baseball. Back to COZ for a quick 4 day trip.
     
  9. DandyDon

    DandyDon ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Summer "breaks" can get out of hand at times. I'm starting to hear about my daughter's and she is a teacher: Memorial Day trip, June workshops, granddaughter's Girl Scout camp - rides needed, July trip, family reunion - conflict! I'm sure more will come up.

    Congratulations to your son on making Allstars. :medal: We try to share the best deals on trips in the Coz forum if you want help? Orbitz and CheapCaribbean both have $50 discounts on air & hotel packages I think, depending on airline used. I shop Kayak, Orbitz, and CheapCaribbean for flights & packages. Operators are easy to select there of course.
     
  10. Joe Mack

    Joe Mack Angel Fish

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    Don thanks for the info on the $50 discount. I plan on booking the hotel this week.
     
  11. DandyDon

    DandyDon ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Well, it's not as good as the $200 discount I used to be able to find on air and a private room, often yielding free room, but it's a little help. If you can't find the discount code, call the company you're booking with; they should be able to help. Or ask on the Coz forum, depending on if you're using Orbitz, CheapCaribbean, or whoever.
     
  12. divejay

    divejay Nassau Grouper

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    Grand Cayman would blow his mind, just not Stingray City but the new ship wreck the USS Kittiwake which sits in 60' crystal clear water with the top of the wreck only 8 feet from the surface. In the town of West Bay, the Northwall snorkeling in this area around Cobalt Coast Resort was voted by 9 NOAA scientist the healthiest reefs in all the Cayman Islands. Just as enter down the ladder in 4 feet of water it is called Sea Fan reef with 1,000's of fans swaying all around you.

    Your son being 8 years old allows him to become a PADI Seal or a SSI Ranger. These programs are just wonderful allowing him to dive to 15 feet with a instructor. Talk about blowing him away, this would be a life time memory, especially diving at the real Stingray City, which is 15 feet.
     
  13. Hi Joe

    We have had many trips to Cayman, always a great time. Recently we have gotten into Scuba although just my son and I as my wife and others really like the ability to go anyplace, anytime and simple "dive in". For those who want to mix/match snorkeling with scuba Cayman is a great place. Many years ago we purchased a flexible week at Morritts Tortuga club which is on the east end - a short drive to Rum Point where many of the Sting Ray City boats depart - although most go from the west end because that's where many tourists hang out and the tour boats come in.

    Next year when you think about your trip let me know off-list as we now live in San Jose CA and it is harder for us to get to the Caymans. So we have been renting our Tortuga Club week at low rate just to cover maintenance cost. My email is oldvillage@yahoo.com. Regards, Dave G from San Jose, previously Boston.

    PS - Good luck in the playoffs
    PPS - the week is still available this year if you r plans change
     

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