We booked a snorkeling trip through the cruise line on this vacation. We got off the ship, where we were directed to a boat that was nearby. We got on and before long we headed out.
While we sailed, we were given some information on the country. Our guides all spoke English. One guide came around and handed out life vests to everyone. These are bright neon vests that slip over your head and can be either inflated or left flat via a tube on the front. It’s more for their own liability – they can see everyone in the water, and you can inflate it as much as you need. Then they brought out fins and started fitting everyone for them, followed then goggles and snorkels. We had on our own masks and snorkels, so we were already set on that.
Once we got to our first destination, which was the bat cave. In Martinique, there is a cave filled with bats that you can only reach by boat. Once we anchored, we were led off the boat (down a latter in the back) and followed the guide into the cave. You could see the bats and hear them too. It was pretty cool. At this point, the guide told us all about the bats, the ecosystem, and pointed out some other stuff like crabs climbing up the cave walls. It’s not a big cave, so you can’t really snorkel around inside, so after that we went back out and snorkeled around for a bit and back to the boat.
Then we headed to location number two, which was near a beach. They anchored and the guide pointed out where there was a sea turtle. It was an area where sea turtles come to eat the grass on the sea floor, so we got off the boat and swam over to it. It was pretty neat getting to swim with the turtle. We swam around and snorkeled, and then we could swim up to the beach if we wanted. It was a small little beach with some houses and either locals or foreign tourists – non-English speaking people were on the beach basically. We played in the sand and waves a little bit, and then head back to the boat.
The water was not as clear as the waters in Hawaii, or in Barbados for that matter. It was fairly murky and aside from the bats, the one sea turtle, and a few fish and some crabs, there wasn’t a lot to see. I did see some trash rolling around on the sea floor though. 🙁
We got back on the boat and headed back to port. We were given rum punch and encouraged to try the rum first before adding in the punch. They had two local to Martinique rums for us to try. I love the opportunity to try local flavor, so this was great.
They had various juices for the kids, including orange and a few mixed juices that included guava juice, as well as rum cake for everyone.
We got back to the shore and got off and went back to the ship.
The snorkeling wasn’t the best, and the guides were fine, but the next day’s snorkeling trip in Barbados really kind of put this trip to shame.