This past Spring, my husband and I returned to Jamaica to celebrate our wedding anniversary and renew our wedding vows. It was such a magical time, and I would love to be back there right now. We did a lot of fun things, but today I am sharing one of my favorites: snorkeling at the Sandals Royal Caribbean.
The Sandals Royal Caribbean offers a lot of different water sports. We could have paddle boarded or kayaked, or even sailed a bit. And, of course, they offer amazing scuba diving! Instead, I wanted to stay low key and stick with snorkeling. We did it the first time we were on our honeymoon and I couldn’t wait to try it again!
Now keep in mind, I took these photos with a disposable waterproof camera, so they are not the best quality. Maybe the next time I go snorkeling, I can have a waterproof GoPro, or something that is made for snorkeling.
Snorkeling at the Sandals Royal Caribbean:
One of my favorite things about the Sandals Royal Caribbean is that most of the water sports are included. So if you have never tried something before, it is a great time to do it. The staff is very knowledgeable and really enjoy what they are doing. I love that!
How to get started snorkeling at the Sandals Royal Caribbean:
When we first arrived on the resort, we checked in with Club Sandals. They made our reservation for the snorkeling trip. The weather was kind of iffy, so we had to wait until the day of our snorkeling reservation to find out if we were going.
The first thing you need to do is sign in at the aqua sports desk.
All the staff there were fun & friendly. I keep saying how nice everyone in Jamaica is. Truly, I am not kidding. Once we were checked in, we got our flippers and waited for our dive captain. Meet Everal.
That’s him on the right(this was from our glass bottom trip. I didn’t have my good camera with us when we went snorkeling). He kept calling himself “Trouble” but he was FAR from it. We also had a second dive person and a medic on board.
Once we were at our snorkeling spot, they gave us instruction and off we went. One tip I have for you: don’t try to breathe through your nose once the mask is on. You’ll just plaster it to your face. It took me a few minutes to get used to it, but once I did, it was awesome. A lot of people brought their own equipment.
Hubby didn’t have quite as much fun as I did. He took on a bit of water when he jumped in, and ended up staying on the boat. But here are some of the pictures I got.
At that point, Everal got in the water with us.
And he brought this up to show us. It is a female sea urchin.
Look how cute and fuzzy she is.
The thing that amazed me most about snorkeling is how close the fish got. You would have your head above water to adjust your mask, and when you look under, there they were. And apparently I missed a sting ray. It swam by when I had my back turned. Boo! Here are a few more pictures.
All and all, I absolutely loved snorkeling at the Sandals Royal Caribbean. If we get to go back someday, I am definitely going to go snorkeling again. And I hope that “Trouble” is still there!