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shelby 02-17-2007 05:13 PM

We are preparing to book excursions for our trip. Maybe someone can help us.

We all want to go snorkeling. I see you can book snorkeling for 29 adult and 16 child for the day "at your leisure" My husband has a professional mask and snorkel from when he did SCUBA. Do you still have access to all of the same places to snorkel if you bring your own equipment or is it fenced/ marked off? Is the cost getting you the equipment only or equipment AND access?

Also is the glass bottom boat better at Cococay or at Nassau?

Sonny V 02-17-2007 11:26 PM

When we were in Cococay there were a lot of jellyfish. A lot of people were getting stung.


cruisedoggy 02-18-2007 04:58 AM

You will have access to the same places if you bring your own equipment. Don't forget to go to the lesser used part of the island as well, which is to the right as you exit the tenders. However, there is no lifeguards over there, so snorkel with caution.

shelby 02-18-2007 06:16 AM

Can you still go to the submerged plane and ship with your own equipment? Would getting theirs reap ANY benefit other that having it handy?

ALso I have read alot of references to jellyfish here. My daughter is already terrified. Are they there all the time? Certain times of the year? ANyway to avoid them?

Any thoughts on the glass bottom boat? Is it worth it? or Wait till Nassau?

Dolby1000 02-22-2007 01:02 PM

Regarding jelly fish:
I know this will sound silly, but it works.

Wear long pants (jeans work best because they are thick enough) and a long sleeve t-shirt and aqua shoes or old sneakers.
Issue: The clothes will weigh me down. This is false. Clothes float as do you. Also, you should be wearing a life vest if you are just snorkling.

Also, there is no better sun protection that jeans. They have an SPF rating of 1000. I am allergic to aloe (therefore, most sun protection cream) and normally have to swim in a dry suit or jeans/khaksi and a shirt. Dry and wet suits are expensive. Jeans and shirt are not.

Wearing my clothes, I have never been stung.

My wife and I are going on a cruise 4/5/2007, and for snorkling, we are packing long pants for both sun and jelly fish protection.


kj_connections 02-22-2007 07:39 PM

What about spandex pants (or those exercise/yoga-type pants)? Will jellyfish sting through those?

Sandy 02-23-2007 10:19 AM

I'm told wearing pantyhose (by both men and women!) will keep the jellyfish away.


Dolby1000 02-26-2007 06:03 AM

Hadn't thought of the panythose idea, seems reasonable though.

I haven't tried spandex pants or lycra. Certainly has the advantage of being of lighter weight, but I cannot say for certain if they have enough thickness to ward off a sting.

And as interesting as panthose sounds, not gonna try it. I bought some zip off (from long pants to shorts) pants for $10 at a value store. Lighter than cargos, I am guessing these will work great.


Sonny V 02-28-2007 11:38 AM

A man wearing pantyhose will keep anything away!


Andrealovescruising 03-01-2007 10:44 AM

We snorkeled at Cococay. Did not find it to be good snorkeling for us. The island is beautiful. Good spot for sea shells.

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