Renee Snorkel Trips offers the ultimate in privately-guided snorkel experiences on Bonaire.
Some visitors come to Bonaire to SCUBA dive, some visitors come to sail over the water with either windsurfing or kiteboarding, but many, many visitors come to Bonaire to snorkel. Snorkeling provides an excellent and easy way to enjoy Bonaire’s marine park. Simply don your mask, snorkel, and fins, and jump in from your resort’s dock or wade in from any beach or shoreline. Within seconds you will be floating over aquarium-like underwater vistas.
This will be enough for many visitors, but those “in the know” will patiently explain that those who snorkel on their own are missing 95% of what they came to Bonaire to see! That is because a guide is needed to ensure that all the special creatures are found and shown. The only way to do this is with a private guide, and one of the best on Bonaire is Renee Leach of Renee Snorkel Trips.
Why use a private snorkel guide?
Private guides know the best snorkel sites.
As when viewing any type of nature, the local guides know the sites intimately, as they spend many hours each week in the water. They get to know where elusive creatures live. If a snorkeler desires to see a certain fish, or marine invertebrate, many times Renee can find it quickly because she knows where it lives. This is especially helpful for those snorkelers who have a wishlist of species they wish to observe.
Renee has an impressive list of marine species which she has shown to her snorkelers, including manta rays, stingrays, moral eels of all types, juvenile Queen Triggerfish, octopi, and many more. The Photo Gallery on her website illustrates the wide variety of creatures she shows her snorkelers, and each image was taken by Renee’s visiting snorkelers.
Private guides can discern which sites are the safest based upon the visitor’s experience.
Most days on Bonaire are sunny and beautiful, but weather and sea conditions can and do change, sometimes abruptly, and having the expertise of a local, private guide can mean the difference between enjoying a snorkel excursion or having it end in cuts and bruises because the entry or exit was more difficult than imagined. When choosing snorkeling locations, Renee factors in the experience of the snorkelers, plus weather conditions and ease of entries and exits, as well as the wishlist of marine creatures to see.
Types of snorkel excursions.
Once booked, all of Renee’s snorkel excursions are private–no other visitors will be added to your scheduled trip. There is no minimum number of participants, Renee is happy to take out one person. However, there is a maximum of five persons, so that Renee can provide individual attention to all participants. Furthermore, all tours are booked by appointment. You can choose the date, time, and length of the snorkel excursion, and as long as Renee is not already booked, it is planned at your convenience.
Renee Snorkel Trips offers a variety of tours–from the basic lesson and snorkel to one-, two-, or three-stop snorkels, night snorkels, or sunset snorkels. There is even a snorkel session just for those visitors in port on a cruise ship, as they only have a short time to enjoy the island’s marine life.
Who can benefit from a guided snorkel with Renee Snorkel Trips?
Anyone who wishes to snorkel under the expert care of a local guide can benefit from a guided snorkel experience. Even divers have exclaimed on how much more they saw when snorkeling with Renee when compared to what they saw when diving. Those of any age can join in–Renee has assisted junior snorkelers of only three years of age, through senior snorkelers of 93 years of age! Of course, everyone in between is welcome as well. These excursions are especially suited to those husbands, wives, and significant others who don’t dive, while their partner is off on a dive. Many times, when comparing notes after a dive and snorkel, the snorkeler has more exciting finds to report! Those with special needs most likely can be accommodated as well.
About Renee Leach.
Renee Leach has been living on Bonaire and offering underwater experiences to visitors since 1991. One only needs to try a single excursion with her, and Renee’s never-ending enthusiasm, love for the sea, and background as a biologist will be evident to every participant.
Renee explains why she loves her work:
Being in the water is the best therapy there is, and I love people. I’ve made a lot of good friends who have snorkeled with me, and 50% of my clients are repeat guests. I teach total snorkeling. You don’t even have to know how to swim. With a life vest, anyone can enjoy the underwater sites. When I hold their hand, the panic is gone. I believe in the personal touch, and I’m in the water with you the whole time. One of the nicest feelings is when I get young children or older people who’ve never snorkeled before. I introduce them to a whole new world, and because it’s in Bonaire (with our beautiful reefs), they get spoiled!— Renee Leach
How to book a snorkel excursion with Renee Snorkel Trips.
Because Renee does each excursion individually, she does book up quickly, especially during the busy winter season. If you have an upcoming trip to Bonaire planned and would like to try a snorkel excursion with Renee, it is highly recommended that you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Simply visit her website at www.reneesnorkeltrips.com and you can request your preferred snorkel date and time using the online form or just send Renee an email.
If you think you might like to try a few excursions with Renee, be sure to ask about the free night snorkel that she provides when booking any three day-time excursions.
(Source: Renee Snorkel Trips)
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Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.