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Thread: Which snorkel trip?

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    Which snorkel trip?

    Looking at jolly pirate as 3 yo loves pirates but didn't want a drunk fest. Thoughts?
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    Jolly Pirates can be tons of fun. For a more private setting, the joy of sailing, and a generally great day on the water, check out Tranquilo with Captain Anthony. Or, for great fun and a land-based excursion there is Aruba Bob. Here's a video interview with Kent and plenty of underwater footage showing the great stuff at Mangel Alto.

    http://bentpage.net/2012/03/02/aruba...rkeling-video/

    Be safe and enjoy your visit.

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    i am not sure there is any snorkel tour on island that is appropriate for a 3 year old.

    Sunset cruise with Toddlers...

    Quote Originally Posted by krmlaw View Post
    Looking at jolly pirate as 3 yo loves pirates but didn't want a drunk fest. Thoughts?
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 09-14-2012 at 07:55 AM.

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    Just some thoughts...

    As much as I love Tranquilo, it is too long of a day for a 3 year old and your child in all likelihood would be bored.

    Jolly Pirates would probably be okay for a boat ride, and the "pirate experience",

    but the waters where they snorkel, more so from the perspective of a 3 yo, is pretty deep. Even their shallow snorkels are deep enough that an adult cannot stand.

    The day we were on board it was not a "drunk fest". On board there was a large family group celebrating an upcoming wedding on the island and the rest of us were a mix of families and couples.


    Have you considered renting gear and snorkeling from shore?

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/baby%20beach.html

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/snor...0catalina.html


    If your child is comfortable enough swimming, you may want to try out the mask and snorkel in the pool first to make sure that they are comfortable.


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    He wont be snorkeling ... But is there easy entry into the water for him? One thing we like about cats are the walkway down to the water.
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    As much as we love Jolly Pirates, I wouldn't think of it as a Pirate experience that I child would expect. I think you would be disappointment. The crew don't really dress as pirates other than a jacket and maybe a hat sometimes. We have been twice, both times the crew was fun and flirty and we had a mix of families and couples, but the youngest were probabaly in the 10-12 year old range.


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    We just did the sunset snorkel trip on the Black Pearl yesterday. It leaves the pier at Moomba/Marriott Surf Club at 3:30 and gets back just after sunset. There are 2 snorkel stops along the coast at Boca Catalina and Malmok. They do not go to the Antilla as it has been leaking oil. It is a quiet trip, not a drunk fest, but has an open bar. Albert and Joann and first mate Anton make a wonderful crew. Joann remembers and calls everyone by name and makes wonderful sandwiches after the last dive. There are only 20 people on board total and there was 1 younger boy maybe 4 years old on our trip. The captain and first mate dove down and got starfish for him and others to look at and take pictures with. A great trip for those looking for a relaxing afternoon on the water. I highly recommend.

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    I would contact ArubaBobs or check out their website. My opinion would be more private snorkeling with them.

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    a 3 year old cannot do a snorkel trip like arubabobs snorkel excursion.it is a shore snorkel.

    we love arubabobs!

    Quote Originally Posted by kal0721 View Post
    I would contact ArubaBobs or check out their website. My opinion would be more private snorkeling with them.

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