It was an amazing experience! We lounged on the front of the boat, on top of comfy cushions, as we wandered past the various beaches on the peninsula.
We stopped at three different snorkel spots - at one point, we swam with these little yellow and black striped fishes (called “sergeant major”). Literally, it was as if we were part of their school, and we just calmly floated as they surrounded us (front, back, sides) from a place of curiosity. This is kinda hard to describe, but I felt a kinship with these fish. Like, they became our buddies.
We also saw an eel, starfish, black urchins, other types of salt water fish, and coral of course. We watched a turtle 🐢 swim around in the surface but were unable to see him below, due to murky waters.
At one point, we anchored the boat near a calmer cove and the guys on board grilled for us - huge shrimp, vegetable skewers, potatoes and a beautiful pink fish called a “short bigeye”. The seasoning was very basic, just oil and salt - and the result was amazing, served with fresh lime.
I mean, here we were, listening to our music over Bluetooth, eating fresh seafood, while gently bobbing in the water. The vibe was so chill, so comfortable and easy… And surrounding us were several party boats, with 50 or so people on them, no room to move, all trying to snorkel in the same area at the same time. We definitely felt like we were having a much better time.