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    We spent the day on the Tranquilo yesterday. Unfortunately there were 20 people on the boat, including the crew, and I got stuck in the sun all day. I am burned badly over a majority of my body. I guess I need to learn to push and shove my way to the front of the line.

    I was disappointed that the six hours only included 45-50 minutes of actual snorkeling. The waves were down and the sea was almost perfectly flat. The outer reef was absolutely beautiful. As healthy as anything I have seen around the island.

    A partial list of the fish:
    Sergeant Majors, four or five variety of parrot fish, yellow tail snapper, a school of 200-300 blue tang, four or five variety of angelfish, file fish, trumpet fish, black durgeon and dozens more that are slipping my mind at the moment.

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    Wow. I'm suprised. I thought there were fewer people on the boats & that they stopped at more then one place to snorkel.

    We did Jolly Pirates last time & plan on doing the Tranquilo this year - as I heard it went to different sites.

    They do not have covered boats? Was the lunch good?

    Thaks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildewoman View Post
    Wow. I'm suprised. I thought there were fewer people on the boats & that they stopped at more then one place to snorkel.

    We did Jolly Pirates last time & plan on doing the Tranquilo this year - as I heard it went to different sites.

    They do not have covered boats? Was the lunch good?

    Thaks!!
    No idea what the norm is, as this was the only time we have ever been on the boat. There was one stop and the opportunity to go out and drift for 20 minutes or so while the others continued to snorkel in the same spot. The spot is very different, down past DePalm island. The main snorkeling area has some fish but the reef itself is largely dead from the abuse it gets. As long as the waves aren't crazy, the drift is well worth the time and effort.

    There is a small covered area at the rear of the boat where maybe half a dozen people can sit. Otherwise, you're spread out on the deck. By the time we got on the boat, there was one cushion left and that spot happened to be in the sun about 5.5 out of the 6 hours we were on board. Lunch was ok. Sandwiches were sandwiches and the soup was pretty good.

    The crew was great and it was nice to get out to a different spot to snorkel. There are things we do once and things we do multiple times, this is certainly one of the former.

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    for $75 pp i would want more than 50 minutes of snorkeling time.
    my son and dil went during christmas, had a good time and found the snorkeling wonderful. i asked him just a short while ago by email how much snorkel time they had and he gave a guesstimate of 2+ hrs.

    they are both still talking about the dutch pea soup and how much they loved it.

    i am thinking that you got shortchanged in your snorkel time. did you ask anthony or his mate (greg?) if 50 minutes is now the norm ?

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    I will ask about how much time we actually spend in the water. I want to wet as much as possible. On the Jolly Pirate we went in 3 times & it was great!! We were over a ship wreck - then a site very close to shore - where we saw little cuttle fish AWESOME.

    Thanks for the info.!!

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    so what are doing for 5 hours?

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    imo, the stop at Spanish Lagoon & the drift snorkel, yes the boat does not move, but you do opposite sides & it is a 2hr, stop, if you only snorkel for half the time is up to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fattypatty View Post
    so what are doing for 5 hours?

    We plan on booking the all day snorkel trip. It includes lunch!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny Beaches View Post
    imo, the stop at Spanish Lagoon & the drift snorkel, yes the boat does not move, but you do opposite sides & it is a 2hr, stop, if you only snorkel for half the time is up to you.
    After the drift they served lunch and we were never given the option of going back in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadd View Post
    We spent the day on the Tranquilo yesterday. Unfortunately there were 20 people on the boat, including the crew, and I got stuck in the sun all day. I am burned badly over a majority of my body. I guess I need to learn to push and shove my way to the front of the line.

    I was disappointed that the six hours only included 45-50 minutes of actual snorkeling. The waves were down and the sea was almost perfectly flat. The outer reef was absolutely beautiful. As healthy as anything I have seen around the island.

    A partial list of the fish:
    Sergeant Majors, four or five variety of parrot fish, yellow tail snapper, a school of 200-300 blue tang, four or five variety of angelfish, file fish, trumpet fish, black durgeon and dozens more that are slipping my mind at the moment.
    I went on Tranquilo during week 27 last year. The same thing happened to us. There was 20 on board plus the crew. Prior to coming down to Aruba I was told no more than 14 people. Anthony and Greg were great hosts but it was not worth the money. It was very uncomfortable because most of the day was sailing in cramped conditions. The snorkeling at DePalm was better IMO. The drift only lasted 20 minutes. The reef snorkel was not impressive at all. With that many people he split us up into groups to be shuttled out for the drift.

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