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Sailing & Snorkelling the Caribbean Sea

by Lisa Stentvedt

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You know I love being on a boat, right? *Insert that song here*

sailing and snorkeling in the caribbean sea

While in Mexico, Ida and I were lucky enough to get an invitation to join Olympus Tours’ Catamaran Sailing and Snorkelling tour on the Caribbean Sea. At the end of the day we were freckled, just a tad sunburned, full and slightly tipsy from the open bar, and extremely happy to have swam in one of the world’s largest reefs with plenty of tropical fish, wild stingrays and turtles!

Another fun thing to do in the area is go diving with bull sharks!

We were picked up directly from our hotel in the morning, and after a couple more hotel stops we were on our way to meet our crew and boat. There were approximately 25 people on the tour, and with a crew of 6 we got all the help and service we could possibly need.

Upon boarding we were given a choice of meat for dinner, which would be prepared on board while we were out swimming and playing in the Caribbean Sea later on. Both Ida and I opted for the chicken skewer. The food was included, but more importantly; so was the alcohol.

We are talking open bar at sea. Can life get any better?

I don’t think so either.

After boarding we were introduced to the crew that would be taking care of us, handed a couple of drinks, and set sail for the horizon. After an hour or so of relaxing in the trampolines at the front of the boat, we were handed snorkeling gear and a few safety guidelines. Then it was time to jump in!

Once in the water we were greeted by a school of fish, a massive stingray (yikes!) and the world’s most adorable turtle. It quickly became clear that these animals weren’t shy, so we tried not to be either.

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There were many of us out snorkeling, and in my opinion this made it rather difficult to relax and explore, as I was constantly bumping into someone or finding myself in someone’s way. I’ve been snorkeling before in smaller groups, and definitely prefer it. Ida, however, is not so comfortable out in the water, and really liked the fact that there were people around her on all sides. She felt a lot safer knowing there was a big group of us, and didn’t mind having to adapt her pace to everyone else’s.

Want to find out how you can go swimming with wild turtles in Mexico? Read my post on Akumal snorkeling!

After about 30 minutes of snorkeling it was lunch time, and after a short drive to relocate we were greeted with our choice of meat – and a drink, of course! Once everyone had eaten, it was time to get back in the water. We spent the next hour or so swimming, drinking and jumping over board in the Mexican sun.


Ultimately, we had an amazing time with Olympus Tours, and their Catamaran Sailing + Snorkel trip is one I would recommend if you ever find yourself on the Riviera Maya. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, and don’t stop applying it (we learned the hard way). The general recommendation here is to only use biodegradable sun block, which was easy to come by wherever we went. The environment is important, and the little things make all the difference!

To put it simply; this Cancun excursion did not disappoint. We were extremely happy to have joined the tour, and if you wish to join in on your next visit to the Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum area, you can go ahead and book it here.


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Becky @Disney in your Day 11/11/2016 - 19:11

Wow, that turtle shot is amazing! What kind of camera did you use to get that? I’ve gone snorkeling a few times and it’s been hit or miss. We had some amazing ones in the Bahamas but when we went to Bermuda there was basically no fish around – a tropical storm was coming and I think they’d all gone further down or something!

LisaLDN 12/11/2016 - 03:58

It’s such a great photo, I was dead lucky! I used my GoOro 3+, that’s it 🙂
Snorkelling in the Bahamas sounds like a dream, storm or not! Thanks for the comment, Becky 🙂

Teesh Osita 09/12/2016 - 02:56

I don’t like snorkeling in a large group too! This trip looks like so much fun, and awesome turtle photo!

Teesh || Adventures of Cupcake Girl

LisaLDN 12/12/2016 - 10:12

It’s so much nicer to have the sea to yourself! 🙂 Thank you, I got very lucky with the photo!

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