Franklin D. Resorts – Underwater Fun for All

I had the pleasure to be asked to take my family on a vacation to Jamaica to visit the Frankin D. Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Over the next few days I will be talking about different aspects of our experience at this resort, today I want to talk about activities for adults on and off the resort.

Prior to going to Jamica I had never had the opportunity to go snorkling. Franklin D Resort staff take guests out two times per day to great snorkling sites around the resort. Yet, in saying this, for me, I found the best sites for snorkling to be about 50 yards out from the resort. I have to say that I was amazed at how bouyant a person is in the waters around Jamaica. I never felt that I needed a fe jacket to stay afloat. Also, I have to say that diving on some of the reefs around the resort allowed me to see both healthy and diseased reefs. 
It took me a while to get the pressure equalized in my ears when I did decide to dive down, but I finally did get this concept down and was able to dive further down than I thought I could at first. What I loved about diving down was that you could swim in directky into schools of sh and close to beautiful coral. Some of the best days of snorkling was when I was swiming out from the resort and there were beautiful electric blue fish swimming all around me, and in divind down they simply continued to swim around me as well.
I was particularly impressed at the brain coral that was found on the reefs. Some were small and some were very large. All-in-all I have to say that my underwater adventures were ones that made me want more. I am hooked and I know that the next time I get to a location that provides me the opportunity to snorkle again, I will definitely be taking advantage of it.

I was interested to meet some of the local Jamaican divers that went out every day to find conch shells for tourists. Of course their first thing to do when they met me was to try and sell me a shell, but I persisted in asking questions about how they did what they did and how they learned to dive. Most of these divers could free dive over 60 feet which was amazing to me. One may stated that he could get to about 150 feet on a good day. The men were very friendly and of course very willing to sell you a beautiful shell. 

If you have never done this and enjoy swimming and seeing amazing things, then you must find a time to snorkle for yourself. You will not be disappointed!
I should also mention that the resort also has certified dive instructors for those that do want to dive to deeper depths and see more things during the week. I chose not to do this at this point, but seeing how much I enjoyed the snorkling, I might enjoy diving as well, you just never know!

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All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use  for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions. All images were taken with The Olympus Stylus Tough Camera that was provided during the trip. Also our family received sunglasses for the trip from The Sunglass Warehouse.

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