5 people wearing a mask, fins, and life jacket snorkel at the punta nizuc reef in Cancun.

6 Tips for First-Time Snorkelers in Cancun

Do you want to try snorkeling for the first time when you go to Cancun, Mexico? If so, good for you! Snorkeling is a fun and exciting way to see the beauty of marine life and explore the world under the water. But if you’re a beginner, you should know a lot about snorkeling tips and tricks to make sure your first time is safe, fun, and memorable.

Here are some tips for people who have never snorkeled before and are going to Cancun, Mexico:

Do not go alone: 

Snorkeling is a popular activity in Cancun, but it is best to go with an experienced local snorkel guide, especially if it’s your first time. The guide can help you with any unexpected problems, like muscle cramps or equipment that leaks, so that you can have a safe and fun time. 

 

Make sure your gear fits well: 

A well-fitting mask is crucial to a successful snorkeling experience. The mask should seal perfectly in place, allowing you to see everything clearly without water seeping in. Similarly, the fins should fit snugly without being too tight, as loose or tight fins can cause discomfort and blisters.

 

Snorkeling is more like floating than swimming: 

You don’t need to be a strong swimmer to snorkel. Rather, it is more like floating on the surface of the water while admiring the underwater world. Before heading to open water, it’s a good idea to practice in a small body of water to get comfortable with the equipment and the technique.

 

Keep your snorkel above water: 

While it may be tempting to dive down to get a closer look at the marine life, it’s essential to keep your snorkel above water at all times. Breathing in water can be dangerous and can ruin your snorkeling experience. If you want to dive deeper, learn the technique of holding your breath and then “popping” the tube when you reach the surface.

 

Relax: 

Snorkeling is a safe and enjoyable activity, and the more you relax and float, the more you’ll enjoy the experience. If you feel a little panic, talk to your guide, and they will assist you.

 

Do not touch anything: 

As a responsible snorkeler, it’s important to respect the delicate ecosystem and avoid touching anything, including corals, fish, and sea turtles. Oils from our skin can damage the ecosystem, and it’s best to observe marine life from a distance.

 

By following these six simple tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable snorkeling experience in Cancun, Mexico. Remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and most importantly, have fun and enjoy the beauty of the underwater world.

Cancun Tours and activities in the hotel zone

Find out for yourself why Cancun is such a popular holiday spot by visiting the Hotel Zone when you are there.  It is time to see what kinds of things you can do to have fun in Cancun’s hotel zone, such as driving your speedboat through the canals of the Nichupté lagoon, riding a jet ski at full speed, sailing to Isla Mujeres on an all-inclusive cruise, or even flying a parachute and observing the emerald green color of the Cancun Sea from above, among many other amazing things to do.

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Speedboat & snorkel tour

The jungle tour adventure is a water activity in which you operate a speed boat and snorkel in Punta Nizuc; for more details, see the previous link.

 

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Speedboat Mangrove tour

The speed boat mangrove tour is a water activity in which you drive your own speed boat through the canals of the lagoon without getting in the water; for more details, see the previous link.

 

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Speedboat from Plaza la Isla

The Jungle Tour Adventure in Plaza la Isla shopping mall is a water activity that departs from this shopping center in Cancun and includes driving a speed boat and snorkeling in the Punta Nizuc coral reef; for more information, see the previous link.

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Jet ski Rental 30 mins​

Drive your own jet ski and speed up your vacation with this 30-minute rental option in the Cancun lagoon.

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Jet ski Rental 60 mins​

Enjoy every moment. You can easily operate your own jet ski while on vacation if you choose this 60-minute rental option in the Cancun lagoon.

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Jet ski guided mangrove tour

Drive your own Jet Ski yourself, or if you prefer, someone can accompany you on our mangrove-guided tour through the canals for an hour.

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Suresh Chandrasekaran
Suresh Chandrasekaran
1. January, 2024.
Great adventure . Awesome crew
Satish Vathare
Satish Vathare
1. January, 2024.
Wow! It was super awesome trip… con de mi familia… 😀 Our guide was Carlos and was so good and funny across the speedboat ride. He has provided detailed instructions and checked and taken care of the equipment properly which helped my snorkelling experience best ever. He also showed us beautiful colourful fishes, star fish, corals and iguana 🦎 too! Wow! What a trip experience it was.
yan wang
yan wang
29. December, 2023.
The actual content is basically same as it described beforehand. Two hours are very solid. Half an hour cross the lagoon and mangrove to the outside of Punta Nizuc. Then one hour snorkeling over a rope enclosed reef zone. The reef is a bit deserted but understandable, many other companies are also snorkeling at the same place.
Roland Lindner
Roland Lindner
25. December, 2023.
It was fun to ride the speed boats and we also enjoyed the snorkeling. All equipment was good and well maintained. The snorkel was new and wrapped in plastic. I recommend this activity and company.
Sakariya Vikas
Sakariya Vikas
24. December, 2023.
Amazing experience and the guide was really nice. Best photo by Aaron. Thank you guys for making it memorable.