We were on our honeymoon and heard wonderful things about the snorkeling on De Palm Island, so we checked it out. The first turn-off was that they had a closed gate between the lockers and everything else, which they could have easily opened but were so tacky in forcing everyone to walk through the gift shop to get from one place to another.
The breakfast buffet was heavily processed and did not digest well, I would find out later.
Snorkeling was a free-for-all: I had never done it before and would have appreciated some very basic instruction. I realized when I was already out in the water that I wasn't floating too well and I needed to have blown air into my vest. So there I was treading water and trying to fill my life vest, losing my breath and getting panicked, fighting the strong waves. I saw the girl working on the dock deflating the life vests when people came back and returned them, yet she didn't mention to anyone about filling them up. It felt very overwhelming with no one around to make sure we were safe. My husband enjoyed it, so that was fine, I sat waiting for him to finish.
Since I was a bit annoyed, I found it hard to relax and really had to hunt to find a place to sit without the obnoxious pop music blaring all around. I did find a spot and knit for a bit while wishing I wasn't stuck on this island away from our lovely and quiet resort.
We went down the waterslides despite the cold water. We are in our 30s but have no shame in admitting we love waterslides and these weren't bad, nothing too crazy, just a fun ride down - though there were mostly kids interested in them.
We decided to cut back our full day to a half day, but missed the ferry back at that time (I guess it came at 2:15 and we thought they said 2:50). Luckily they were happy to bring us back, I think only because someone else (on staff?) happened to be leaving the island at that time. They called a taxi that arrived promptly for us. On our way back to our resort, we saw the tour bus stopped at a hotel and realized we'd still be stuck on that bus only halfway there.
Could have been worse, but it's a pity we wasted a day on this.
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