The long ride out was all worth the while. It was the calmest we have ever seen the water. We were going to do two snorkels. One at the island and one by the reef.
The island was beautiful the sand surrounding it made the water bright blue. We swam around it taking about 45 mins. We saw amazing coral and many fish including, lobster, blue tang, angel fish, parrot fish, barracuda, and much more.
We had done the full loop and made our way to a picnic table for a delicious lunch – chicken, rice and beans (with some fresh watermelon, of course). Anna and I had a quick dip in the water, then got on the boat for our next stop.
This place was at the reef (the second largest reef in the world). It was only a five minute ride and right when we arrived we saw some amazing things. Fist a nurse shark swam right by. Then a turtle popped up for air in the distance. We were ready to go in.
I was quite nervous at first with the sharks and rays swimming under me. Then I got used to it. The guides on the boat would spot a turtle and we would follow it around coming quite close to them. They were loggerhead turtles, which can be aggressive if you get in their way at feeding time.
It was time to get back on the boat and head home. The ride was quite smooth and I was getting tired so I lay down on the seat for a chunk of the ride.
What an experience! I will remember this for the rest of my life. Thank you, Grandma, for giving us money for an experience we will never forget. We wish you were here!