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Our favorite sports were snorkeling and kayaking. The snorkel boat goes out to the barrier reef three times a day starting at 9 am. All the necessary equipment is provided, but as I have a prescription mask and need an extra small in flippers, I elected to bring my own snorkel, mask, and fins. A world of wonder lies beneath the surface of the ocean. Randy, who is an expert swimmer, delighted in pointing out such wonders to me as the shiny black spiny sea urchins, huge conch shells either inhabited by their original occupants or those usurped by hermit crabs after the conch had died. He said he had never seen anyone move so fast as I when he gestured to the ocean floor toward what looked like a rattlesnake but was only a harmless spotted eel. Because the salt water creates buoyancy, one feels that one can snorkel forever, and unless the surf is rough, the act of snorkeling is immensely soothing, not to mention excellent exercise and easy on the joints. Here is a hint for snorkelers. Use a bit of baby shampoo on the lens of your mask, dip in the water to remove the excess, and, voila, no fogging.

Whenever we wished to kayak, Randy simply walked up to the attendant at the water's edge and procured a kayak, paddles, and life vests, and we headed out toward the reef. The reef marks the perimeter for paddle or sailboats, but one can also just kayak up and down the two miles of beach. Almost as stunning as the underwater world is the view of the resort and the surrounding mountains from the kayak.

Thank you, Sally for booking our Sandals Anniversary Vacation