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Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Callen Molend » Wed, 25 Feb 2004 04:06:18


Hi all,

My parents are in their mid-60s and have been travelling to Tobago for
several years.  My mother likes the "in-depth" snorkeling (i.e., she can
walk from her cottage into the water and snorkel, and never worry that
she's in over her head) and my father loves the birdwatching and other
island amenities.  Sadly, my mother's health is not great and the
stopovers necessary to get to Tobago have been quite *** her.  Can
anyone recommend a place in the Caribbean that sounds similar?  We've
done some great snorkeling in Belize but that involved a one-hour boat
trip to one of the cays, and my mother is not interested in that.  My
parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic to something like a
Sandals, a Beaches or the like. Any suggestions would be greatly
appreciated.  Thanks, Callen

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Juliana L Hol » Wed, 25 Feb 2004 04:23:00


St. John, USVI.  US National Park, great walk-in snorkelling from
several different places.

Julie

Quote:> Hi all,
> My parents are in their mid-60s and have been travelling to Tobago for
> several years.  My mother likes the "in-depth" snorkeling (i.e., she can
> walk from her cottage into the water and snorkel, and never worry that
> she's in over her head) and my father loves the birdwatching and other
> island amenities.  Sadly, my mother's health is not great and the
> stopovers necessary to get to Tobago have been quite *** her.  Can
> anyone recommend a place in the Caribbean that sounds similar?  We've
> done some great snorkeling in Belize but that involved a one-hour boat
> trip to one of the cays, and my mother is not interested in that.  My
> parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic to something like a
> Sandals, a Beaches or the like. Any suggestions would be greatly
> appreciated.  Thanks, Callen

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**********
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Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Robert » Wed, 25 Feb 2004 05:21:37



mid-60s and have been travelling to Tobago for

Quote:> several years.  My mother likes the "in-depth" snorkeling (i.e., she can
> walk from her cottage into the water and snorkel, and never worry that
> she's in over her head) and my father loves the birdwatching and other
> island amenities.  Sadly, my mother's health is not great and the
> stopovers necessary to get to Tobago have been quite *** her.  Can
> anyone recommend a place in the Caribbean that sounds similar?  We've
> done some great snorkeling in Belize but that involved a one-hour boat
> trip to one of the cays, and my mother is not interested in that.  My
> parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic

Nice description of what they need- as my many trips to Tobago were well
described by their needs, but I have endured the air travel- so I do
understand.

Try looking at http://www.travelOK.net/ for well planned
snorkeling/naturalist trips that fit that style.

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Gene » Wed, 25 Feb 2004 05:24:41


I recommend St John in the USVI.  Several good walkin from beach snorkeling
sites.

Gene


Quote:> Hi all,

> My parents are in their mid-60s and have been travelling to Tobago for
> several years.  My mother likes the "in-depth" snorkeling (i.e., she can
> walk from her cottage into the water and snorkel, and never worry that
> she's in over her head) and my father loves the birdwatching and other
> island amenities.  Sadly, my mother's health is not great and the
> stopovers necessary to get to Tobago have been quite *** her.  Can
> anyone recommend a place in the Caribbean that sounds similar?  We've
> done some great snorkeling in Belize but that involved a one-hour boat
> trip to one of the cays, and my mother is not interested in that.  My
> parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic to something like a
> Sandals, a Beaches or the like. Any suggestions would be greatly
> appreciated.  Thanks, Callen

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Da Parrot-chic » Wed, 25 Feb 2004 06:52:41


Callen, this place in Anguilla has waist deep snorkeling just a few steps
from the porch.  The lagoon is sheltered by a barrier reef about 50 yards
offshore.  Great views and plenty of peace and quiet.  We stay here each
time we visit Anguilla.

http://www.travelOK.net/


Quote:> Hi all,

> My parents are in their mid-60s and have been travelling to Tobago for
> several years.  My mother likes the "in-depth" snorkeling (i.e., she can
> walk from her cottage into the water and snorkel, and never worry that
> she's in over her head) and my father loves the birdwatching and other
> island amenities.  Sadly, my mother's health is not great and the
> stopovers necessary to get to Tobago have been quite *** her.  Can
> anyone recommend a place in the Caribbean that sounds similar?  We've
> done some great snorkeling in Belize but that involved a one-hour boat
> trip to one of the cays, and my mother is not interested in that.  My
> parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic to something like a
> Sandals, a Beaches or the like. Any suggestions would be greatly
> appreciated.  Thanks, Callen

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by DDup » Wed, 25 Feb 2004 09:25:08


I don't know what your departure city is, but BWIA has begun direct flights
from Toronto, New York, and Washington, DC, to Tobago. Would those flights work
for your parents?

We just returned from Tobago, taking the very lengthy American Airlines route
from Boston, which had us connecting in Miami, arriving late in Port of Spain,
overnighting there, and taking a Tobago express flight the next morning. If we
go back, I'm definitely checking into the BWIA flights.

<< Subject: Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

<< Hi all,

My parents are in their mid-60s and have been travelling to Tobago for
several years.  My mother likes the "in-depth" snorkeling (i.e., she can
walk from her cottage into the water and snorkel, and never worry that
she's in over her head) and my father loves the birdwatching and other
island amenities.  Sadly, my mother's health is not great and the
stopovers necessary to get to Tobago have been quite *** her.  Can
anyone recommend a place in the Caribbean that sounds similar?  We've
done some great snorkeling in Belize but that involved a one-hour boat
trip to one of the cays, and my mother is not interested in that.  My
parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic to something like a
Sandals, a Beaches or the like. Any suggestions would be greatly
appreciated.  Thanks, Callen

 >>

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Jane » Wed, 25 Feb 2004 14:20:40





> St. John, USVI.  US National Park, great walk-in snorkelling from
> several different places.

> Julie

Absolutely Julie, Just got back from St Thomas and St Johns.  Trunk bay also
has a great snorkeling trail with plaques under the water to read.

Jane

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Mark » Fri, 27 Feb 2004 03:57:34


Check out the opening page at www.coconutpalms.com. The roof shot shows the
reef that's 100' from shore and less than 6' deep on the inside..

Mark

Quote:> Hi all,

> My parents are in their mid-60s and have been travelling to Tobago for
> several years.  My mother likes the "in-depth" snorkeling (i.e., she can
> walk from her cottage into the water and snorkel, and never worry that
> she's in over her head) and my father loves the birdwatching and other
> island amenities.  Sadly, my mother's health is not great and the
> stopovers necessary to get to Tobago have been quite *** her.  Can
> anyone recommend a place in the Caribbean that sounds similar?  We've
> done some great snorkeling in Belize but that involved a one-hour boat
> trip to one of the cays, and my mother is not interested in that.  My
> parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic to something like a
> Sandals, a Beaches or the like. Any suggestions would be greatly
> appreciated.  Thanks, Callen

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Ken Toug » Wed, 25 Feb 2004 15:42:55


Quote:>My parents are in their mid-60s and have been travelling to Tobago for
>several years.  My mother likes the "in-depth" snorkeling (i.e., she can
>walk from her cottage into the water and snorkel, and never worry that
>she's in over her head) and my father loves the birdwatching and other
>island amenities.  Sadly, my mother's health is not great and the
>stopovers necessary to get to Tobago have been quite *** her.  Can
>anyone recommend a place in the Caribbean that sounds similar?  We've
>done some great snorkeling in Belize but that involved a one-hour boat
>trip to one of the cays, and my mother is not interested in that.  My
>parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic to something like a
>Sandals, a Beaches or the like. Any suggestions would be greatly
>appreciated.  Thanks, Callen

Where are you travelling from?  

By the way, I don't know if your mother has an inflatable
snorkelling vest, but it is an absolute necessity for her now.
They aren't very expensive, and may well save her life if she
does get 'over her head'.

--
Ken Tough

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Callen Molend » Fri, 27 Feb 2004 22:45:31



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> >>My parents are in their mid-60s and have been travelling to Tobago for
> >>several years.  My mother likes the "in-depth" snorkeling (i.e., she can
> >>walk from her cottage into the water and snorkel, and never worry that
> >>she's in over her head) and my father loves the birdwatching and other
> >>island amenities.  Sadly, my mother's health is not great and the
> >>stopovers necessary to get to Tobago have been quite *** her.  Can
> >>anyone recommend a place in the Caribbean that sounds similar?  We've
> >>done some great snorkeling in Belize but that involved a one-hour boat
> >>trip to one of the cays, and my mother is not interested in that.  My
> >>parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic to something like a
> >>Sandals, a Beaches or the like. Any suggestions would be greatly
> >>appreciated.  Thanks, Callen

> >Where are you travelling from?

> >By the way, I don't know if your mother has an inflatable
> >snorkelling vest, but it is an absolute necessity for her now.

> HEY - what's this NOW business.  I'm 66 and I'm still actively scuba
> diving and snorkeling without a vest thank you very much in water over
> my head.

> For the OP's mom who doesn't swim well - she should have had a vest
> all along.  For those of us that swim well, a snorkeling vest isn't
> something that we need by the 'mid 60s'.  Now my mom who is 94 would
> need something like that if she was snorkeling off a beach as she
> doesn't have the balance in the water that she once had - due partly
> to dowagers hump and probably partly to different fat distribution.
> But she does water aerobics without one.

> >They aren't very expensive, and may well save her life if she
> >does get 'over her head'.

Hi all,

I should explain - my mother is an excellent swimmer but suffers from
vertigo and panic attacks if she gets too far over her head - similar to
claustrophobia.  That's why she snorkels and my dad does the scuba and
caving trips.

I am intrigued about the vests, do they offer the ability to snorkel
with the security of not "getting over your head"?

Thanks much for everybody's imput.

Callen (in ***ia)

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Juliana L Hol » Fri, 27 Feb 2004 23:08:34


I'm going to make another suggestion, because I just realized your dad dives.

Consider Cozumel, Mexico.  Several locations provide "walk in" snorkelling
(although the best, Chankanaab, has a rocky sea wall. ) and the diving is
unsurpassed.  Also you can get direct flights from a lot of US airports.

It's in the Caribbean, although the very west end.

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Julie
**********
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http://www.dragonsholm.org/travel.htm

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Becc » Fri, 27 Feb 2004 23:15:03


Quote:>>parents have a mid-range budget, and prefer rustic to something like a
>>Sandals, a Beaches or the like. Any suggestions would be greatly
>>appreciated.  Thanks, Callen

I enjoy Fantasy Island on Roatan.  You can snorkel or scuba dive from
the beach.

http://www.fantasyislandresort.com/us/

Becca

 
 
 

Need recommendations for in-depth snorkeling

Post by Robert » Fri, 27 Feb 2004 23:52:38



excellent swimmer but suffers from

Quote:> vertigo and panic attacks if she gets too far over her head - similar to
> claustrophobia.  That's why she snorkels and my dad does the scuba and
> caving trips.

> I am intrigued about the vests, do they offer the ability to snorkel
> with the security of not "getting over your head"?

Vests have been long accepted as a cross-over swimming aid. They are in the
snorkel programs because people do use weights, not only to counteract their
body fat- but flotation provided by neoprene wet suits. Certification
agencies can not call flotation vests anything like a safety device, it's a
whole legal thing.

So- certification agencies (like PADI, NAUI, etc) allow themselves wiggle
room to recommend flotation vests. Whether you use them as recommended- or
just as a safety float device- it matters not. Many people have sufficient
flotation from thermal protection wetsuits so they bob along  pretty well.

Pick your float vest wisely- look for comfortable and well formed seams-
they can be abrasive. Maybe wear it over a t-shirt.

With your recently added criteria, I would now recommend my favorite (easy)
dive destination in the Caribbean- Roatan's CoCoView Resort at
http://www.cocoviewresort.com 800 282-8932. This resort offers excellent
shore diving that begins literaly at the steps of your room, plus the best
boats in the Caribbean. The shore dive can be done so shallow that it is
indeed a snorkel opportunity.

It is the resort that www.seaforyourself.com uses quite often, and although
CoCo View shares the same channel as neighboring resorts, it has a much
better shore dive and snorkel. Taken in with their other likes/dislikes- I
would bet CCV would work for them!

doc.