Snorkeling in the Reefs of Cancun – Never Again. Ever.


It turns out snorkeling is hard. Like, exhaustingly hard. The kind of hard that makes you wonder just what in the hell you were thinking when you signed up to go snorkeling in the reefs of Cancun.

Oh, by the way, some of the reefs are poisonous.  You got more of a warning than I got. You’re welcome.

Sorry Sara, I know you enjoyed the underwater pictures I posted on Facebook. Another example of  the “Facebook Facade,” because it wasn’t as fun as it looked.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my experience. I did! The coral reefs were gorgeous up close, I saw fish from all colours of the rainbow, and throughout the whole thing I got to be in the water, one of my favourite activities in the world. The experience itself had great moments.

The actual excursion I went on? Never again.


Reasons Why I Will Never Again Snorkel in Cancun


1) I have no need to witness The Exorcist in real life

Before the snorkeling. we boarded a glass bottom ship for an underwater tour of the reefs. Everyone got seasick. People were retching and gagging all over the place. One poor girl was reenacting The Exorcist while we tried to enjoy the majestic beauty of Cancun’s coral reefs.


2) The reefs were poisonous.

Okay, fine, they weren’t deadly poisonous, but if you got a serious scratch, there would definitely be a burning sensation.


3) It was physically exhausting.

They took us out a lot longer than I expected. I love the water – give me some sun, sand and surf any day –  but snorkeling was so hard. I couldn’t figure out how to use the flippers gracefully. My mask didn’t fit properly and water kept seeping in. I lost my group so many times, and had to frantically flail around the find the guide. It was physically draining.


4) I got seasick.

How does one get seasick while floating on the surface of the water? I don’t know, but I made it happen.


5) There was no time for food.

We were out for a long time and I live for food. If I don’t eat every few hours I get crabby.


I won’t name the specific excursion company I went with, because it’s not their fault. I’m sure I would have experienced the same hardships no matter who I had gone with. I will say this, they offered free drinks on the boat, and not just soft drinks, if you get my meaning. (Drunken snorkeling, woo!)

As an aside, I am including for our readers a quote from Sara when I told her the topic of my post:

I want to try it but I’m pretty sure I’m going to accidentally end up drowning myself”

I don’t regret snorkeling in the Cancun reefs. It might not have been a barrel of laughs the whole time, but I’m glad I did it. The experience itself was worth it. However, with all those little irritations piling up, I don’t think I will do it again. Once was definitely enough for me.

How about you, dear readers? Do you agree with me, or do you think I’m a pathetic whining wimp?


P.S. Oh Em Gee Sara, how pumped am I that you’re going to be live-blogging The Amazing Race Canada? I don’t have cable, so I will live vicariously through you.

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Candice Lee MacAulay

Candice has been to Japan twice and had a blast doing all manner of geeky things. She has now made it her life's mission to visit and chronicle every place on earth with any nerdy or geeky connotations. Sailor Moon? A trip to Tokyo! Doctor Who? Better go to London! Bones? The Smithsonian it is!

  • Sara Hamil

    AH HA HA! Omg, I’m sorry for laughing but that is hilarious. In all honesty I never would have considered how difficult snorkeling might be. Ads and videos make it look so easy! Real talk though: I probably would (almost) drown myself trying to get the hang of snorkeling’s finer points.