Aquaquest had 3 quick stops for snorkeling that were each more interesting than the last. Our first stop was outside of an island owned by the magician David Copperfield. The subject was a statue that he had placed on the seafloor there, about 20 feet down. It was a statue of a mermaid playing the piano. The statue was previously hidden as part of contest.
The next area was a plane that was supposedly filled with cocaine and headed for Pablo Escobar’s Norman Cay. Our guide explained that this particular plane was shot down by locals. We dove down close to the plane’s resting place to observe some fish and a pair of small rays that were living nearby.
The final snorkeling location was to swim inside of Thunderball Grotto. This was the most interesting spot but also a little scary. The first mate of the ship swam into the cave first, toting a rope that was attached to the boat. The rope was in place to help us return safely to the boat.
We stopped for a moment inside of the first chamber. A strong current was pulling water back into further recessed chambers of the cave. Our guide offered the opportunity for any strong swimmers to check out the next chamber but none took him up on this offer.