If you want to have a really fun snorkeling catamaran cruise while in Jamaica, jump on the “Kool Kat Kelly” in Negril. I love catamaran cruises. There is just something about lying on the deck and feeling like I own the boat. The crew of the 65 foot “Kool Kat Kelly”, does an outstanding job in providing a fun experience.
There was not a large group of people the day we took the cruise. We had a small group of other travel bloggers and some spa bloggers.
To do a snorkeling trip in Jamaica, you first walk down the beach
then you wade out to the Kool Kat Kelly anchored off the beach in Negril
Then you simply sail away!
Then, you get ready to go snorkeling
Sometimes, catamaran cruises can be pretty one dimensional. You go to a snorkel spot, sail around for a little while, then go home. The “Kool Kat Kelly” is different. The crew first did the snorkel part, then we sailed down to the Rock Hotel where we did some cave swimming with some of the crew from the boat. The cave swimming is a lot of fun. It adds a little extra fun to the trip. The water up and down the coast is beautiful—and warm.
getting ready to do some cave swimming near the Rock Hotel in Negril
There used to be a bar in the cave. There are actually some steps that lead up to the top of the cave and the hotel. We did not go up the stairs, instead we just swam around in the cave. From there we sailed off to the world famous Rick’s café.
Approaching Rick's Cafe in Negril, Jamaica
World Famous Rick's Cafe in Negril
Rick’s Cafe was not open in the morning , but we stopped and watched a diver practice a few dives from the cliff. Rick’s has been featured on the Travel Channel a number of times and I wanted to see it. Glad I did. I think it would really be a fun place to spend some evening hours. Ok, I can cross that off my bucket list now.
From Ricks, we headed back towards Negril and anchored off shore for a while. We had our choice of reggae dancing on the boat to a DJ and great music or we could go bounce around on the water trampoline. I did both.
The DJ likes to dress up in a wolf's mask
They set up a good bar on the Kool Kat Kelly
After I practiced my reggae moves, I was off to try my skill on the water trampolines. Between the two trampolines there is an inflatable connecting walkway. The challenge is to walk it without falling in the ocean.
Lots of fun bouncing around on the Aqua Trampoline
I tried it and fell in the first two seconds. My friends, Deb and Dave of theplanetd.com were taking photos of some of us and unfortunately took a photo of me unceremoniously falling into the ocean. However, I am a good sport and will publish the link to the photo here. BTW, you really owe it to yourself to check out Deb and Dave’s web site: theplanetd.com. They are really cool people and have traveled all over the world.
If you want to see a short video on the Catamaran ride that Wayne, our Jamaica Tourist Board photographer shot; you can see it here:
After about 3.5 hours of a fun day on the water it was time to return to shore. We still had more soft adventure ahead with the Chukka ATV Safari.