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Snorkeling Turks and Caicos With Island Vibes Tours
We went on an amazing #snorkelling adventure around the #TurksandCaicos Islands. Exploring the tropical flora, fishes, and even potentially some sharks, it was #active whilst a thrilling adventure. The boat was in full party swing, and the red rum punches definitely were a bonus!
After going on the Snorkel Safari, we wanted to give snorkeling another try to see if we'd have better luck spotting sharks and turtles this time. At this point we were staying at The Somerset and Jasmine, the concierge, was wonderful enough to help us book our tour.
Island Vibes Tours offers a few different options (half-day, full day, sunset, and private), but the most popular is the half-day snorkel. They start off by conveniently picking you up at the beach in front of your resort. The first thing we noticed was that it had a slide! They also had both covered and uncovered seating, lounge chairs on the roof, and you could even sit on the front of the boat
The first thing we noticed was that it had a slide
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We spent about 45 minutes snorkeling at our snorkel spot, but unfortunately didn’t see too much. Someone else spotted a nurse shark, but not us. That’s just the nature of… well, nature. The best wildlife photographers can wait it out for days… months even!
Someone else spotted a nurse shark, but not us
Afterwards, we headed over to Half Moon Bay where we anchored on the beach. As soon as we pulled up, a stingray greeted us and we were able to get some great photos of him. Meanwhile, the captain and first mate started prepping a conch salad while we explored the island.
a stingray greeted us and we were able to get some great photos of him
After trekking around, we finally found a rock iguana! While we were out looking for this guy, the rest of the group saw a lemon shark come by where the boat was docked. Can’t seem to be at the right place at the right time!
Can’t seem to be at the right place at the right time
When we got back to the boat, they served the conch salad and rum punch and we headed to our last stop. It was party time. They turned up the music, and we got to jump off the diving board, use the slide, and even swim under the boat.
They turned up the music, and we got to jump off the diving board
Overall, it was much more of a party boat than a snorkeling excursion. Their full day BBQ adventure makes 2 stops, but it definitely focuses on you having an all-around fun experience. Despite the misunderstanding that we would have more than one snorkeling stop on a half day snorkel tour, we had a great time. We were really excited to be able to be so up close with a sting ray, many others saw nurse and lemon sharks, the conch salad was delicious, and everyone on the boat was really nice and easy to get along with.
Overall, it was much more of a party boat than a snorkeling excursion
Pro Tips for Your Half day Snorkel With Island Vibes Tours:
You provide a credit card when you book, but be sure to bring it on the boat too. They actually take their full payment on the boat.
Be sure to get fins that fit you right. If yours are too small, they’ll give you blisters. Bring your own if you have them.
To help protect the coral, use coral safe sunscreen. Some tours will not allow you to participate unless you are using coral safe sunscreen.
If you see any conch, dive for it and bring them on the ship. They’ll help you crack it open.
Don’t forget to use this sea lice lotion to protect yourself from jellyfish and sea lice (jellyfish larvae). We were getting stung without even being able to see it happen.