BOB Underwater Adventure
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You are on the scooter for about 20-30 minutes out of the tour, where you follow divers along with 6-8 other people. The divers with our group were great, they took a lot of pictures for us with our underwater camera. There were a lot of sea turtles, colorful fish and a barracuda that hung around under the tour boat.
When not on the scooter, they had snorkeling equipment to use.
Just to give you some perspective, I'm a 'fluffy' 40 something years old, absolutely no athletic ability at all and not usually quite this adventerous (sp?). You do need to get in the water and 'duck' into the helmet, but once there you can breath easily. They have you keep holding your knows and popping your ears as they block (like on an airplane).
We had a great group of people and a great crew on board, which can make or break any excursion. Be sure to bring a waterproof camera with you, they sell them on board, but they are more expensive than if you bring your own.
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St. Thomas has excellent spots to snorkel but the one chosen for the BOB experience was not one of them. The water was murky and neither the fish nor the vegetation was what I expected to see in a Caribbean coral reef. It was nothing to write home about. In better tours the crew puts food in the water to attract fish often with spectacular results, but that was not the case in the BOB tour.
In sum: don’t bother. A snorkeling tour without gimmicks is much better value for money and more and easier fun.