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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:36 pm Reply with quote
Merrett
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Hi All.

Going back to Meeru for our third visit next Tuesday. On our previous visits we have been happy to snorkel from the beach. We are now feeling more adventurous are are thinking about the snorkelling trips and have a couple of questions please.

Which is the better trip, dive school or the trip to the house reef?
A little apprehensive about snorkelling in the deeper water so are flotation/life vests available to use or are we being over cautious, and is there any current?
Are there many different types of fish from those around the beaches?

Many Thanks

Dave Taylor

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:27 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Dave,

I have not done the diving snorkeling trip so cannot comment, but a search on here may find some answers - I know I have read about the trips and I believe you go to a few sites and have good reports - sure someone will pop along and tell you their tales soon if they have been on it

I found the house reef trip good there is not loads of coral but lots more than the shore, and lots of different types of fish/turtles/etc; also there are flotation vests provided if necessary as I saw them being given to members of our group

IMO it's worth the few dollars and if you have time, a couple of trips is good as you may see different things

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:12 pm Reply with quote
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Dave, we have just come back from our first visit and did the 2-reef snorkle trip twice. It was superb, yes you pay but your out all morning or afternoon and you get to snorkle for 40mins on each reef. It's a whole lot better than the house reef. Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:30 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks for your replies. I should have read a previous post properly before I posted my question as it covers what I was asking. Still thanks for taking the time to reply.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:53 pm Reply with quote
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Paula & John can I be cheaky and ask you a question? How much did this trip cost and how long is the boat trip.

We go back in Nov for our 3rd and probably last trip to Meeru (can't afford another one) and would like to try this. I really don't like boats though. I take Kalms on the trip from the airport and they seem to work but not sure how long they last.

Thanks for your help

Linda

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:37 am Reply with quote
Merrett
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Hi Linda,

Have a look on the dive school page from Meeru's web site. At the moment it says $20 each. I will post the latest prices on this tread when we get back.
Just going to load the car now then off to the airport.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:11 pm Reply with quote
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Not being a swimmer, how deep is the water when you go on the reef snorkelling trips?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:19 pm Reply with quote
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We did the house reef trip, cost = $6 pp.
The leader of the trip was the young girl from the dive school, I don't remind her name so we had a decent enough guide with us.

Depth wise it varies quite dramatically.There were areas around the reef where I could stand on a sandy sea bed (never on the reef if you can help it as it's very harmful to the reef) and there's an area where it drops off to be very deep indeed.

now I'm not the strongest swimmer in the world but was fine out there with no need for a life jacket or anything. When I snorkelled in the carribean for the first time, off of cuba I used one, but here I was fine. I would defintely recommend fins though, either buy your own or hire some from the dive centre ($4 per day). These made it much easier for me. I'm hopeless at treading water and these helped me no end out there.

we saw heaps of fish and plenty that we hadn't seen up at the sites around the island itself. Once off the boat the first time I put my head into the ocean I found myself right in the middle of a huge school of some kind of fish and moved out of it straight into another. To see the bigger ones you probably need to be around the drop off mainly as there's more larger fish around the deeper areas I found but they obviously get about a bit too so you'll still see them elsewhere.

Hope this helps those asking.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:42 pm Reply with quote
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Linda, the 2-reef snorkle trip is great, even if you arnt a confident swimmer. When we went, there was one lady who wore a buoyancy aid and was fine. You are on the boat for about 15-20 minutes depending which reefs you go to. It is deep but you are very safe and if you want to swim back to the boat, you can. We saw turtles, large stingrays, tuna, infact just as much as when i dived. Its well worth the $20 as you are out either all morning or all afternoon. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:14 pm Reply with quote
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Is it worth going on the trips if you don't/will not swim in deep water? I have a huge fear of water and yes I am going to a tiny island!!! But as long as I can put my feet down or am within my height I am ok.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 5:11 pm Reply with quote
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Hey Tigger90!

To be honest when you go out on the house reef trip the water can be quite deep...

You can wear a life jacket though would that make it better?

I used to have a really bad fear of deep water and was very nervy the first time to Meeru, but then did an intro dive it was nerve racking but helped with the deep water fear. plus, when you see all the amazing sealife you sort of forget!

There are areas of shallower water on the house reef, but you can't stand as the majority is coral and you will a) kill/damage the coral and/or b) cut your feel on sharp coral!

Not sure about the other trips - I know the Love Boat has some deeper snorkels as well as snorkelling off a sand bar which is shallower

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 6:30 pm Reply with quote
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I was going to wear a life jacket/flotation vest for the security, but will have a big problem with the deep water. I live on an small island and will only go to my depth in the sea at the moment, and always have the kids tyre rubble ring with me for backup!!
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