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Posted By: ericinsc

Questions for frequent visiters - 01/23/07 12:00 PM

Well, we are almost booked for June 18-25-first trip for a group of 4 adults, and I am looking for info. These questions won't apply as much to residents, 'cause you have all "been there, done that."

1) best cart rental company ? how much is a fair price ?

2)Best snorkel/tour operator ? We definitely want to do the nurse shark/ray thing, and maybe a manatee viewing trip. We have done similar trips to Mexico (Isla Mujeres) and Bahamas (Elbow Cay) and have enjoyed having lifelong residents as our guides.

thanks in advance.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/23/07 03:21 PM

I recommend going with whoever has the best rate for carts.\

For snorkeling I definately prefer Amigo's Del Mar.
Posted By: RNdiver

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/23/07 03:59 PM

...my mere $0.02---> dont fly US Airlines.
Posted By: ericinsc

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/23/07 04:54 PM

already booked Delta nonstop rt from Atlanta.
Posted By: Barbara K

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/24/07 06:52 PM

Lots of great tour operators like Seaduced, Tanisha Tours, SEArious Adventures, Tulu, Reef Seekers (for glass bottom boats). Look around when you get there and see who's going when you want to go. Lots of cart rental places too. Cholo's usually has some of the best prices, but they are all competitive. Carts start at about $60/day but goes down if you rent for more days
Posted By: KVarner

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/25/07 02:15 AM

Be sure to get a gas golf cart. Electric carts are shit.
Posted By: Sun&sand

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/25/07 03:28 AM

I sorta like the electric carts. Not as powerful, but very quiet, and just how fast does one need to go when they are trying to unwind? Granted, the gas gets you where you wanna go quickly, but don't you lose some of that island charm if you are racing around? Just a thought...to each his own..
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/25/07 05:50 AM

ericinsc, Alfonse(Graniel) great snorkel guide and nice guy.

By the way was that Elbow Cay in Hopetown, Abaco? Been 20 years since there where did you stay, would like to go back, rented houses in the past but might want to stay in Hopetown Harbor on return. Any info would be helpful.
Posted By: 737Pilot

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/25/07 06:18 AM

My wife and I second Alfonse for the snorkel guide. Been out with him every vist to AC. Night snorkeling is a must try if you have never done it. I was leary at first but it is so much fun and we have done it two times already and plan on doing it next time.
Posted By: LtoZ

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/25/07 06:38 AM

Night snorkeling?? I have heard of night diving but not snorkeling?? Wow!!! I want to go!!!!
Posted By: tropical smitty

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/25/07 06:50 AM

it's a gas!
Posted By: LtoZ

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/25/07 06:57 AM

so how does it work? Are there flood lights on the surface?
Posted By: Bobber

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/25/07 04:01 PM

I do plan on doing Hol Chan at night sometime in the future. We have night snorkeled in Bonaire a few times, and it is a hoot. Don't need any external lighting if you have somewhat of a moon out. The hand lights are just for zeroing in on anything you want to look at. Your eyes will adapt to the darkness and you can, surprisingly, see for quite a ways around you (depending on the overall clarity of the water). It is a somewhat eery and yet exhilerating experience.
Posted By: CatMo

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/26/07 01:39 AM

Just ask your resort to find Lil' Alphonse for you. Everybody knows him and he's without par as a snorkel guide. Mexico Rocks, does. Be sure to get there. And see if he can get you to Shark Ray Alley when very few boats are there. He's got some cool turtle friends he can show you, but he doesn't like to call on them when it's crowded.

Night diving is awesome, but I've never seen anyone guiding snorkelers at night...although I bet if you asked, it could happen.
Posted By: klcman

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/26/07 01:57 AM

Lil Al will do a night snorkel.....just ask.
Posted By: DitchDocDiver

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/26/07 02:48 AM

Best Snorkle guide of the island?

How about a marine biologist that has lived on the island for 27 years? Want to dive in his front yard? LOL

http://turtlemanshouse.com/

Its not easy to get to Greg's place, but if you can work it out, it was one of the best dives I have made in my 30 years of diving.

pm me, I have some ideas on how to get there and make a day out of it.

You can also read my trip report for more information.

http://cvee4.blogspot.com/
Posted By: tropical smitty

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/26/07 06:50 AM

amigos del mar for nite snorkling
Posted By: snorkelgirl

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/27/07 12:22 AM

Alfonso is fabulous! So much fun and very knowledgable. He makes sure everyone is comfortable and well-instructed.
Posted By: J DOG

Re: Questions for frequent visiters - 01/27/07 06:32 PM

Amigos or Pro Tech!!
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