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Day 3 – St Maarten – Kayaking and Snorkeling

We got our 6:30 am wake up call, had our room service delivered and we were off to meet our tour group at the end of the pier by 8:15 am. A group of 12 of us assembled and were driven away from the pier to a beach (Simpson Bay) about 30 minutes away where numerous sailboats and yachts were docked. Two interesting kayak guys (a Scotsman and a French dude) were our guides. We got our kayaks and snorkel gear and after a brief introduction on how to use everything, we got in our 2-seater kayaks and were off into the choppy, windy water. Once in the water, we found out that kayaking is hard work! We had to work as a team to steer, row, and turn – and it was good exercise. After about 40 minutes of kayaking around the bay, we headed over to the snorkel spot, we beached the kayaks and put on our flippers and masks. The water was too choppy to snorkel in the location they had originally planned, so they had us move to the left side of the bay, unfortunately the swimming was ok, the sightseeing was not. The water was really cloudy and we didn’t see much of anything, but got to hold a sea urchin and see a huge school of minnows. After about 40 minutes we kayaked back to the starting point, drank some beers and were driven back to the pier.  

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