This is an open ocean experience which requires basic swimming skills and a reasonable fitness. More novice swimmers can take advantage of floatation aids and/or buoyancy jackets. If in doubt do take floatation support on the first few times while you get used to the experience. Those with back issues or other concerns that impair getting in or out of the water and swimming/snorkelling in open water may not find this a suitable retreat.
Participant’s can attend without snorkelling skills but it’s advised to practice snorkelling prior to attending. This will help you feel more relaxed in the ocean and better able to enjoy being with the dolphins. We also provide a snorkelling orientation session on Sunday afternoon.
It is not expected that you go into the ocean at every ‘drop’. It is perfectly acceptable to stay on board and enjoy a different kind of experience. We also suggest you’re aware of your energy level and when you may feel tired and need a rest.
The snorkel with manta rays takes place at night when they are feeding. The ocean will be black and will feel quite different to your day time experience, however there are also lights illuminating the plankton. You’ll benefit from feeling more confident snorkelling for this experience. From the boat you are asked to swim out about 10-15ft to a float board with rubber rings which you hold while floating flat on the top of the water (to avoid fins damaging the rays). It’s a passive experience, holding on, keeping horizontal, while your head is in the water looking down to the manta rays. If you wish to return to the boat early just inform the boat crew and they will safely escort you.
It is vital that everyone follows every instruction given by the Captain and crew when on board and in the water. They are there to take care of your safety and will be knowledgeable about many factors of which you are unaware.
If you are in any doubt about your suitability for this retreat please make contact.