Bahamas Trip : Day Four – Great Stirrup Cay & Snorkeling
My last day in the Bahamas! Of course, I needed to make it a good one. For our cruise, this day was spent on their private island so we decided to try snorkeling. It was my first time snorkeling and what a trip. First off, no one gave us any instructions what so ever. So I messed up my life vest almost immediately, then the guy at the counter had the nerve to yell at me. The staff was very pleasant the whole time but he was super rude but anyone who knows me knows that I don’t take anything from anyone. So, he got attitude right back. After that whole situation and proper training on how to work everything (from another guest), we were off.
Now, on a side note, I hate swimming in the ocean. I hate dark water. I hate knowing that there’s random uncontrolled animals just lurking around me. So, I really wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to me actually snorkeling. I love fish (we use to have a 20+ gallon tank when I was little) and knew I wanted to snorkel but the obstacle was the get past my fears. I actually dealt with a lot of fears during this vacation. I’m really proud of myself for that. Anyways, the first few minutes were… interesting… and I doubted if I was going to be able to do this. Then IT happened. I saw my first fish and I was off. Snorkeling really turns into a game… well, at least for me. Chase the fish! As soon as I saw one or one saw me and gave me a second of their little time, I was off on a chase to follow them as long as I would. Now that I think back at it, I found it pretty amusing and I can only image what it looked like to those on shore. There were probably anywhere from 5-15 of us in the water at a time and we were all bobbing up and down until the infamous “OH! Look!” and we were off! (In all honestly, it was hilarious how much of the talking I had to coverup with music. There are still some points in the videos where I’m so loud you can hear a gasp or two! haha)
I originally didn’t think I would go out that far into the water but I did pretty good seeing it was my first time. I probably would’ve gone farther out but I just recently on Lauren’s site read about her diving experiences and how she ended up running into a barracuda and honestly, that was all I could think about out there. If I ran into one of those big guys or even worse a shark (even though I know both would – most likely – be harmless) I would possibly have a mini heart attack. Yet, I definitely plan to do it again and hopefully sometime in the near future. It was a lot of fun. Unfortunately the water there wasn’t absolutely gorgeous but it served its purpose on getting me comfortable with the whole snorkeling technique. The only other downside was the fact that my camera was only a $35 camera so the quality wasn’t amazing… but it served its purpose!
Besides snorkeling, we enjoyed a gorgeous day on the beach. I didn’t get too much sun since I was already pretty burnt (at least on my shoulders – boy, am I paying for it now) but it was nice to relax while wrapped up in my towel and enjoy the scenery. It was the perfect way to end a wonderful vacation. After we got back on the boat that night, we relaxed one last time by the pool, got some drinks and eventually made our way to dinner where we got to enjoy our complimentary wine. Now, that I look back it’s truly sad to see the end of my trip all over again.