My trip to the Dominican Republic marks the first of 2 things: (1) my first time in the Caribbean & (2) my first time snorkeling!
Snorkeling was THE number 1 thing on my “list of things to do in the DR”. So after we arrived, we quickly booked a trip through our concierge with the guys at Bebe Catamaran for a half day of sailing, snorkeling, and fun in the sun.
After a brief panic attack and LOTS of wild hair, I can admit I had the best time & more snorkeling is definitely in my future. If you find yourself in Punta Cana & want to have an awesome experience, I highly recommend you schedule an excursion with Bebe. And ask to be on Presley’s boat! He and the crew make sure you have a good time. We swam, we drank, we ate, we danced, we just had a great time.
Check out the video above I made of my first time snorkeling! <or click here to view >> This was also my first time using my GoPro so bear with me 🙂 . And Yes, I realize my hair is a mess. And no, I really don’t care. 🙂
Snorkeling was fun, but it was scary for a few minutes. I’d never been that far out in the ocean, never been in water that deep (about 25-30 feet), and never had fish of that size swimming close to me. When I first got in, I had a mild panic attack–to the point where the Mister thought it may be best for me to head back to the boat. But I didn’t come all the way to the Dominican Republic to not have this adventure! So I got myself together, conquered my fears, and got back in the water. 🙂 Here are my top 3 tips to enjoy your snorkel adventure:
Top 3 Snorkeling Tips
- Bring flippers– this will help you move the through water easier and with less energy. This cruise didn’t provide us with flippers, but I will definitely have them next time.
- Use the floater– whether or not you can swim, the floater will help you navigate the waves better, using less energy to stay afloat in the water
- Relax!– for first timers (like myself) it can be daunting to jump into the seemingly bottomless ocean to swim with the fishes (lol). So take a minute-or 5- and give yourself time to become acclimated to the snorkel gear (breathing through the tube) & to the new surroundings (the waves, the sense of openness, fish brushing past you, etc), then just relax and enjoy.