I wish Viator allowed MORE than 5 stars. We cannot begin to say how memorable this experience was. I proposed to my fiancé a year prior to the day. So, I wanted to create a special romantic day.
I chartered this private excursion for us. Thankfully, Jon, the captain, and Kathy, his first mate, absolutely delivered on my expectations.
We met them at the specified time. Kathy did a briefing with us and we boarded the boat safely. Everything was explained to us in great detail. We were asked if we had any questions and we did not.
We then set off for a super fun and bumpy ride (it’s just the water, not anyone to blame but Mother Nature) to the snorkeling location. We brought our own masks but they would have been provided had we not. We did make use of their fins. Kathy joined us in the water and guided the two of us to the reef where she pointed out several different fish species. She actually dove to the bottom to retrieve an open and empty oyster shell for us as a souvenir. After about 40 minutes, we re boarded the boat to head to Icacos.
Once at Icacos, we saw a few party catamarans. We specifically booked this to not be in the fray of a party atmosphere. We’re in our 50’s and wanted privacy and calm. We asked Jon if we could dock off the stretch of beach that was unoccupied. He was so accommodating and headed that way. He did say it might be rocky but he’ll try. And he got us right where there was no one.
They then brought all our items like towels, hats, sunscreen, and our lunch that they provided (lots of fruit, sandwiches, chips, and any beverages we wanted). We did not drink anything alcoholic however, they did have rum punch and beer available. Anything else we needed, they brought from the boat to us on shore.
There was also a floating raft that was tied off to the anchor line. AMAZING. Just laying there together and feeling the ocean beneath was truly magical.
We decided not to visit Palomino. We were content there and did not want to pack up and setup again on another beach. So we opted to stay on Icacos and they were happy to do whatever we asked. Within reason, of course. On the ride back, we passed the island to learn its history and see it.
We snorkeled again. This time my mouth piece was not working right so I borrowed their equipment. Excellent quality items. As we did that, they packed up the beach setup and started getting us ready to head back.
Jon and Kathy also took incredible photos of us and for us with our phones so that we did not have to worry about capturing any moments. Jon was also our DJ. Any requests he was happy to queue it up on the spot.
Long story just a bit longer, we had privacy, romance and quiet. Just what we hoped for. This was our BEST day, by far, on this 8 day vacation to Puerto Rico. And I’ve been here many times. It was my fiancées first time to the island. She didn’t want this day to end.
This was worth every penny for the level of service and the quality of the experience. Either on Viator or direct with Escape To Paradise…..do not hesitate. BOOK IT!! And, remember, Jon and Kathy work so hard to make your day special. They are outstanding humans that just want you to have the time of your life. Be gracious to them and consider offering them a little extra thank you at the end of your day. Peace and love.