For Cruise Ship passengers, we are pleased to offer a 4-hour excursion to our unspoiled, uncrowded east end of the island. The charter includes transportation to & from the cruise ship dock, snacks, lunch, all beverages (soda, bottled water, local beer & blender drinks like Pina Coladas) & snorkeling gear.
The 4 hours is the time you spend on the boat. Our main concern is getting you back to your ship on time so it may be that your trip is adjusted slightly to take this into account if needed.
The day starts off with a pickup at your cruise ship dock. You are transported across almost the entire island, which makes for a nice island tour with pretty views, to the east end of the island. This is about a 45 minute drive. Your driver will deliver you to a little village called Oakridge, where we will be waiting at the dock with the catamaran & your crew.
Once aboard the boat, we will cast off & set sail to the east, to the beautiful & unspoiled Port Royal. This is about a 40 minute trip. We duck outside the reef & then back inside the protected waters in Port Royal where we will make our snorkeling stop at either the Cow & the Calf or Horseshoe depending upon weather. On your way to Port Royal, you are served homemade muffins & fresh made salsa. Then you swim & play in the water to your heart's content. We have good, strong crew who are excellent swimmers & divers, & you will be safe under their care.
After snorkeling, you are treated to a freshly prepared BBQ lunch & beverages service. Guests can lounge in the sun on the nets at the bows, or relax in the shade under the hardtop & awnings in the large cockpit. When it's time to leave, we hoist the sails & sail back to Oakridge, where we say our farewells & return you to your driver for the return trip to your ship.
For guests staying on our beautiful island, we offer a full day (approx. 6 hours) of snorkeling & sailing in the unspoiled, uncrowded Port Royal. Starting from the fishing village of Oakridge at the east end of the island, we come out of the channel & sail east. Along the way we will describe the east end of the island & its communities.
Port Royal has three great snorkel destinations. "The Cow & Calf" - tiny rocky islets with their many unique coral & fan formations. "The Horseshoe" offers a vast array of reef fish & usually sightings of rays. & "The Wreck "- an upside down little shipwreck with an amazing collection of fish & star fish. We will make 2 – 3 stops depending upon weather. Our local snorkel guides know the area like their own backyard & will show you all the best snorkel spots.
On your way to Port Royal, you are served homemade muffins & fresh made salsa. Then you swim & play in the water to your heart's content. We have good, strong crew who are excellent swimmers & divers & you will be safe under their care.
After snorkeling, you are treated to a freshly prepared BBQ lunch & beverages service. Guests can lounge in the sun on the nets at the bows or relax in the shade under the hardtop & awnings in the large cockpit. When it's time to leave, we hoist the sails & sail back to Oakridge.
Private charters for groups can be booked for both cruise ship guests & visitors staying on the island. See Cruise Ship Sail & Snorkel Excursion or East End Snorkel & Sail for details. Private charters require a minimum of 10 adult guests. Please contact you if you would like to book a private charter for your group.
We are pleased to offer diving as an option for our guests, with PADI Dive Instructor Leif Shaver of Dive Port Royal.
For our 4-hour cruise ship package, we can do a one-tank dive. During our full day sail, we have time for a two-tank dive. Cost is $50 per tank per person with full rental gear, $40 per tank if you have your own gear. Dive Port Royal asks for a minimum of two divers & can accommodate up to eight.
Leif & his crew pick up the divers right from the back of the catamaran, & go a very short distance (5 minutes or less!) to the beautiful barrier reef that encloses Port Royal. Dive sites would include any of the sites - Port Royal Gorge, Paradise Wall, Fort Cay Wall, Lime Key Wall - depending on weather & conditions. Meanwhile those aboard the catamaran enjoy themselves snorkeling, snacking, relaxing & enjoying refreshments. When the divers return we serve our freshly prepared lunch aboard the catamaran.
Discover Scuba Dives can be done if you're not a diver, but want to see what it’s all about. Because this requires about 4 hours, we can only do this package on a full-day cruise. Prices are: $125 each, max of 4 persons.
Nitrox 32 is available but must be reserved ahead of time. It is an additional cost of $10 per tank.
Dive plans will be tailored to fit divers' level of certification & wishes. Leif will ask that certification cards be shown & that standard dive medical questionnaires be completed along with Liability.
As a PADI instructor with 12 years’ experience, Leif is committed to the safety of his divers & also to their enjoyment of their underwater experience.
If you would like to add diving to your adventures, please contact us & we will work together to make the arrangements.
From fresh fruit & homemade muffins to Radical Salsa & chips, BBQ, kebobs, cold sodas & beers, rum, piña coladas, whatever your tastes you won't leave hungry.
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