Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Carnival Victory: St. Thomas

We arrived in St. Thomas at 7 am, back on board by 4:30, sailed away at 5.

Charlotte Amalie is absolute stunning. The port area seemed very clean and the actual waterfront was gorgeous. There are beautiful mountain views as well.

We booked the Discover Scuba Excursion through Carnival for $95 pp. This was definitely the most exciting part of the trip. We met at 8:15 am on the dock with our driver and were transported through town to Coki Beach via an open safari type bus to Coki Beach (transportation to and from was included in our price). We arrived at Coki Beach Dive Club and immediately got started with our classroom type session. They have a secure area behind their desk where you can store your belongings while you are diving. Derek, our instructor, went through a picture book for different signals for about 40 minutes. He showed us the equipment and how it works and then got us in our gear.  Once in our gear, we walked down the beach to the shallow tide area. The equipment is pretty heavy so walking to the water is quite a task. When you reach the water, you have to lift your legs up to put on your fins.  We practiced the exercises we were taught earlier to make sure we were all prepared. Once you are past the initial panic ( at least for me) of how forced the oxygen tube is above water, it is easy as pie. Under water it is completely effortless to breathe using the tank and swim. You don't get tired like you would when swimming on top of the water. It is an absolutely beautiful reef and the fish come right up to you. We went down about 40 ft at the deepest and saw so many types of fish, eels, sea urchins and other critters! The actual dive was only about 30-40 minutes but it was absolutely amazing.

Coki Beach(sorry for the random lady)

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