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The cruise lines have started to include snuba excursions. But what is snuba? Snuba combines snorkeling and scuba. When you snorkel, you are forced to stay near the surface. Not only to breathe, but also because of the natural buoyancy of the human body. Scuba diving requires that you have an air tank strapped to your back, as well as a regulator in you mouth, and weights around your waist. Due to the potential dangers of scuba, certifications are required.
But some people would like to do more than snorkeling around the surface, but don’t want to go through the time and costs to get the scuba certification. This where snuba comes in.
With snuba, you wear a mask and breathe through a hose that goes to a tank on the surface. You also wear a weight belt which makes you neutrally buoyant.
Snuba allows you to dive to 20-25 feet deep. It only requires 30 minutes or less of instruction. Children as young as eight can participate.
Snuba is great for people on vacation that want to explore the marine life without making the major commitment to get scuba certified. Snuba is also less expensive than scuba.
So next time you are on a cruise, and have an opportunity to try snuba, consider giving it a shot.

We visited Grand Cayman a couple years ago. There were a wide variety of great shore excursions to choose from. We chose the Stingray Sandbar, Hell & Turtle Farm Experience. I would happily do the same excursion again on our next visit.

Here are the ones listed in the Carnival shore excursions book. Not all excursions will be available for every cruise, or during every time of year. Other cruise lines probably offer the same or similar excursions.
Excursions can either be booked through the cruise lines ahead of time, or while on ship. Booking the excursions directly with the operators is also an option. This can save you money, but involves risk if there is a problem.

Aqua Boat & Snorkel Adventure (3 hours)
Atlantis Deep Explorer (1.75 hours)
Submarine dive to a depth of 800 feet.
Atlantis Submarine (1.5 hours)
Explore underwater park in submarine at 100 feet deep.
Beginner’s Scuba Diving (3 hours)
Butterfly Farm & Beach Adventure (3 hours)
Cayman 7 Mile Beach Break
A day at the beach.
Certified Two Tank Dive (4 hours)
Coral Reef & Stingray Safari (3 hours)
Fisherman’s Rock Swim & Snorkel Adventure (2-2.5 hours)
Grand Cayman Highlight Tour (2 hours)
Grand Cayman Island Tour (2 hours)
Crand Cayman Kayak Safari (3 hours)
Grand Cayman Snorkel Tour (2 hours)
Reef & Wreck Snorkel Tour (2 hours)
Sail, Snorkel & Stingray City (2.5 hours)
See & Sea Island Tour (3 hours)
Shore Snorkel Experience (2 hours)
Snuba (1.75 hours)
Snuba combines snorkling and scuba to allow diving deeper than snorkle without tanks.
Stingray City & Island Tour (4.5 hours)
Stingray City Tour (2.5 hours)
Swim with stingrays!
Stingray Sandbar Tour (2.5 hours)
Swim with stingrays!
Stingray Sandbar, Hell & Turtle Farm Experience (4.5 hours)
The Trolley Roger (1 hours)
The Ultimate Undersea Adventure (1 hours)
Explore the marine life in a semi-submarine.
Brittania Golf Club

On our visit to Belize, we had the hardest time trying to decide on which shore excursion we wanted to do. Belize has so many cool sounding shore excursions. We finally chose the Cave Tubing & Rain Forest Exploration which was an absolute blast. My brother and his family did the Goff’s Caye Snorkeling. They thouroughly enjoyed themselves.

Here are the ones listed in the Carnival shore excursions book. Not all excursions will be available for every cruise, or during every time of year. Other cruise lines probably offer the same or similar excursions.
Excursions can either be booked through the cruise lines ahead of time, or while on ship. Booking the excursions directly with the operators is also an option. This can save you money, but involves risk if there is a problem.

Airboat Adventure & City Tour (2.5 hours)
Altun Ha & Belize City Tour (4 hours)
Altun Ha Maya Site/River Wallace (5.5 hours)
Baboon Sanctuary & Belize City Tour (4.5 hours)
Baboon is creole for Howler Monkey.
Barrier Reef Snorkeling At Rendezvous Cave (3.5 hours)
Belize City Tour (2.5 hours)
Belize Zoo & City Tour (4.5 hours)
Biking In Belize (6 hours)
Cave Tubing & Rain Forest Exploration (7 hours)
Tube down a jungle river through limestone caves.
Goff’s Caye Snorkeling (3.5 hours)
Horseback Adventure & Nature Walk (7 hours)
Horseshoe Reef Snorkel Combo At Caye Caulker (4 hours)
Jungle Buggy Advneture & Mayan Cave Exploration (5 hours)
Land Rover & Cave Expedition (5 hours)
Lost World Canopy Tour (5.5 hours)
This is zip-lining through the jungle.
Power Snorkel At Rendezvous Cave (3.5 hours)
Use a handheld motorized power unit to pull you through the water faster than you can swim.
Private Island Beach Break (4-6 hours)
Reef Bottom Fishing (4 hours)
Fish for Snapper, Grouper, Barracuda, or even shark.
Sergeant’s Caye Snorkel Adventure (3.5 hours)
Sights & Sounds Of Belize (3 hours)
Snuba At Rendezvous Caye & Beach Park (3.5 hours)
Snuba combines snorkel and scuba allowing you to stay below the surface longer without scuba tanks.
Spanish Bay & Mangrove Kayak & Snorkel Adventure (5 hours)
Turneffe Atoll Two Tank Dive (5 hours)
Xunantunich Maya Site (7 hours)
Caye Chapel Golf Resort

My wife and I cruised on the Carnival Legend a couple months ago. Since my wife loves jewelry, we made numerous visits to the ships store to check out the various sales, and give aways.
One of the give aways, was more of a contest. They showed three pieces of amber jewelry, one of which was a fake. You were supposed to figure out which one was the fake. One of the pieces was a normal honey amber color with red specks. Another was a dark maroon. Yet another was a pale green. Green amber? The green amber seemed to be too obvious. The red specks seemed to look fake in the honey amber piece. Then I noticed a poster with amber jewelry, and one had a pale green amber like in the display. So we chose the honey amber piece as being the fake.
We were right, but so were a lot of other people. We didn’t win.
Apparently the pale green amber was something called Caribbean Amber. Caribbean amber was discovered only recently on the island of Dominica, and is only found there. It is kind of rare due to the limited supply, and the dangers of mining it. The tunnels from it is mined often collapse from geological shifts.

Apparently the mining rights for the Caribbean amber is exclusive. I am not clear on who has them. It might the be the company that runs the stores on the Carnival cruise ships. The jewelry that was on display had was all made by Valerio 888, a company that seems to specialize in amber jewelry.

When my wife wasn’t looking, I bought a Caribbean amber bracelet which I intend to give her for a birthday, or anniversary present at sometime in the future.
caribbean amber bracelet
Fortunatly, I don’t think she looks at this site.

Later, we also bought a ring made with Caribbean amber.
caribbean amber ring
The ring is bigger than anything she would wear, but we were thinking of having the piece of Caribbean amber remounted into a pendant.




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