in the Caribbean
|SNORKELING in the Caribbean
and Virgins Islands.
full advantage of the warm water (almost the same temperature
as your body), crystal clear tropical Caribbean Sea. No silver
shock when you enter the water, it is simply inviting you
to come-on-in and have fun. Your luxury yacht vacations provide
the best way to get 100 percent out of your charter. This
adventure is far too important for you to have an agent compromise
your vacation so select the best person for the job no matter
what size your yacht 60-600 feet. It is your broker who provides
information to make all your yacht charters better than the
are very few when on board a sailing yacht vacation.
Be sure to put on sun screen before entering the water as
the water tends to hide sunburns and therefore could leave
you with a false sense of security.
There are very little dangers for the wise snorkeler: Number
one have your captain snorkel with you everytime you venture
into the water. The fire coral is not as big a problem as
it is made out to be. If you touch it with your tummy, back
or hands it will burn for a little while and stops. Jelly
fish are around 2-3 days per year and their sting is not ver
big. Smaller jelly fish have even a smaller sting; both were
never a problem just swim around them. I never saw the 'bad'
jelly fish in 5 years of snorkelling.
Baracudas: these proud fish looks as if they are targeting
you when they simply look at you, so keep away from Baracuda.
In 5 consecutive years of living there, baracudas were never
a problem, but they are something not to take lightly.
Sting Rays have never been any issue at all, they are like
turtles, shy and unasuming and not to be fed by humans. Spiney
Blow fish are also timid and shy; one 62 year old gentleman
put his finger into the mouth of a blow fish and he lost the
skin around the tip of his finger. That fish could have bitten
through the bone so do not be silly, these are all wild animals.
Possibly the biggest danger for Vacationers are the spiny
Black Urchin, when touched their spins shoot into your flesh.
One remedy is to place your hands in milk for a while. These
barbs are very soft and cannot be pulled out with a needle,
so your body simply has to work them out of your hand as best
as possible. Neosporin and elastoplast to cover the wound
is all you can do and the pain remains for a very long time.
Be careful of these black Urchins. In 5 years we only had
one lady who we told not to walk into the balck urchin patch
and she did. Snorkeling at night, rather not. Now that these
minor dangers are noted, let's go and have
fun on board all your luxury yachts.
Many of the islands are edged with mangroves.
The roots dip into the water and offer protection for all
species of fish life, invertebrates, baby turtles etc. I feel
this is a second protection area for young sea life, the first
protection area are the coral reefs themselves. The coral
reef and all the life related to the coral is what keep all
of us intrigued.
One of the world’s safest barrier reefs
to snorkel is Couquelan Reef, 200 yards east of the Bitter
End Yacht Club, and yet few people venture here to snorkel.
Yes they snorkel on the inside of this barrier reef but it
is the outside of this barrier reef which are alive with rainbow
colored fish, sponges, soft and hard coral. Coral faces the
deep blue sea because the nutrients (food) come from that
direction. So this is the “live” side of a barrier
reef and a luxury yacht can drop anchor very close.
The Virgin Islands only have 14-16 inches
of tide change between spring lows and spring high tides.
This means very little undertow, if any, no large tracts of
water moving in and out. This means swimming here is very
safe indeed. The British Virgin Islands is possibly the world's
safest location to swim/Scuba and snorkel in deep water, knowing
that there are very few currents, but naturally I recommend
your captain take you snorkeling each time.
'Snowkeling' in Canada
If you are snorkeling in the snow then something is wrong.
Here is what you will see on the “live”
side of this barrier reef, a virtual wall stretching up from
5 feet to 45 feet. Visibility is 70 feet in all directions
teeming with rainbow colored fish, pastel colored corals and
sponges, you immediately know why it is called a barrier reef.
With this visibility in all directions, you can see there
are NO DANGERS (sharks). Your comfort level rises, and you
settle down to exploring mother nature at her very best. These
personal snorkeling yacht charters in the Virgin Islands may
encourage yacht sales to the forefront of your mind.
YOU WILL SEE -during your Caribbean yacht charters
Your Captain or guide will point out many items you miss.
His trained eye picks up a small herd of red seahorse, the
male holding and protecting his young. A lone sunfish 1 foot
in diameter keeps his distance from your group, with his beady
eye locked on you humans. A soft purple fan coral holds a
flamingo tongue. Touch the mantle and this pretty colored
leopard spoted mantle retracts to show a white shell. A large
turtle swims casually past in the far distance. In the distance,
a spotted eagle-nosed ray digs his nose into the soft sand,
creating a furrow behind while touching under the sand for
a fresh live angel shell to eat. His mate is close by, doing
the same, tails stretched out in a long line 20 feet behind
yacht charter Captain points out a slipper lobster, as well
as those large Caribbean spiny lobsters. These are nocturnal
but can be seen during the day. Butterfly fish and parrot
fish go about their daily routines, giving humans a second
glance. Pygmy conch and conch can be seen on the seabed as
the odd sand dollar glistens in the bright sunlight. A section
of the barrier reef drops to a forest of staghorn coral—real
Fan worms pop in at the first sign of danger and slowly ease
out to full bloom afterwards. Red-banded coral shrimp show
themselves to you as you go by a section of yellow live stag
horn coral. Purple and yellow fish keep close to their home,
the odd black and white drum circle their protected nook.
Keep an eye open for large shells which move, live truppet
shels, pigmy Conch and conch shells, hermit crabs abound.
Your yacht charter captain will point all these out to you
as you glide past.
spend many hours each day snorkeling, the life they see under
water is so very different from what they have ever dreamed
of. Underwater to most children is an unknown world which
they wish to explore to the hilt. This is good clean fun for
them, so encourage it.
Although TV's are always requested on board
all charter yachts, they are seldom used. Eevery night without
fail the children enjoy their dinner and go to bed, knocked
out from their action packed day and the clean fresh air taken
into their bodies. I have never heard of any child being bored
on board a private Virgin Island yacht charter. Adults are
also mesmerized by the way life goes on
and off under water and the crewed charter yacht is the very
best way to enjoy this BVI vacation. The trained eye picks
up far more than the novice, but it is wonderful to be a novice
in underwater wonderland, provided you know you are very safe
Below is a story of how this adventure impacts
your childrens lives, I also had a young girl who absolutely
loved every second of her 2 luxury yacht charters she did
with her parents.
A true story:
here to read..
Snorkeling notation provided by Captain
Your professional yacht broker 1990-2010
Can be adapted for all Bahamas yacht charters.