Total Snorkel Cancun Review — Mexico Family Travel

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If your kids are looking for underwater things to do in Mexico, then this Total Snorkel Cancun review is for you. Our experience with Total Snorkel Cancun was great. I hope the pictures do it justice!

Total Snorkel Cancun Review — Mexico Family Travel

Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Whatever country we visit, we’re always looking for fun in the water. Whether it’s kayaking, canyoning, surfing or scuba diving, our kids love to be in the water. Since we arrived in the Yucatan a few months ago, our bucket list included snorkeling in Cancun.

Our research led us to Total Snorkel Cancun. Their reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Moreover, they offer snorkeling tours that others do not. Another thing we liked about Total Snorkel Cancun was that the snorkeling sites were only five minutes from the dock. We love being on boats, but my wife and daughter get motion sickness if they’re on the water for a while without meds. At Total Snorkel Cancun, we were out of the boat and in the water in no time.

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Pick Up — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Or day started with Total Snorkel Cancun picking us up at our hotel. The boat was scheduled for 9:30, and our pickup time was at 9:15. At 9:17, I received a text from Total Snorkel Cancun that they would be a few minutes late due to traffic.

Being a few minutes late is no problem for us, but some places leave you hanging, and wondering if they forgot you or got lost. Not Total Snorkel Cancun. We appreciated the heads-up, as it gave us a last-minute restroom break, and we didn’t have to stand in the heat in front of the hotel for an extra five minutes.

After pickup, we were whisked to the port where our boat and instructors were waiting. Keep in mind that there is an additional USD $7 per-person charge from the dock itself.

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On the Dock — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Once we signed all the appropriate forms, we met Diana, our guide. Diana gave us our snorkels and life jackets and showed us how to put them on correctly. We liked how Total Snorkel Cancun gave each of us freshly-cleaned mouthpieces with our snorkels.

Before we left the dock, Diana suggested that we try out our equipment by jumping in the water right next to the dock. This turned out to be a great idea, as my daughter (11 years old) discovered that she needed a smaller mask. Glad we caught that before heading into the sea.

With our gear checked and our stuff in the lockers, we were off. Like I said above, it was really nice to be at our first dive site in only a few minutes. The morning water was quite choppy, and so getting to our spot was a bumpy ride.

Total Snorkel Cancun Review on the boat

Total Snorkel Cancun Review

The Reef — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Our first stop was the El Meco reef point. Don’t expect the Great Barrier Reef, of course. That said, it was nice to be in the clear water with some nice coral just a few meters below us. And plenty of fish! There were hundreds of sergeant fish (the ones with the yellow stripes). We also saw lots of parrotfish, yellow tang and others. The captain told us we might see some barracuda, as they are common in these waters, but today wasn’t the day.

The Reef — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

The Reef — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

The Reef — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Turtles! — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Then it was on to snorkeling spot number two. Here the seabed is a field of grass waving in the current. Who do you think likes eating that grass? Turtles, of course. This Total Snorkel Cancun review might have been different if we hadn’t seen any turtles, as that was what my daughter wanted to see most.

Her wish was granted. We saw many turtles, actually. Diana’s guidance was important here, as the turtle shell pattern was excellent camouflage against the seagrass. We surely would have missed at least one or two of them had she not pointed them out. Once you see them, then they’re obvious, and you can swim down closer for a better picture.

Total Snorkel Cancun Review: Turtles!

Total Snorkel Cancun Review: Turtles!

Underwater Museum — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Next, it was on to our third spot: the Underwater Museum (MUSA). Well, part of it, actually. To see Cancun’s entire underwater museum you need to scuba dive.

Here several artists have put realistic sculptures of people along the ocean floor. We’ve actually talked about one of these artists before, as he has done something similar in Lanzarote, the Canary Islands.

Most of the sculptures are out of reach to snorkelers. However, we saw some giant hands and a mother-and-child sculpture that was pretty cool.

Total Snorkel Cancun Review: Underwater Museum

Shipwreck — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Finally, it was time for our final stop: a shipwreck. A few decades ago, a shrimp boat sunk in shallow waters about half a kilometer from shore. Since then, it has become home to coral and hundreds of fish. Other residents include some cormorants who flew in and out from what still remains of the boat above the water.

Our family was divided on which spot we liked more: the turtle spot or the shipwreck. Our girl thought seeing turtles up close was the best. The boy loved investigating the nooks and crannies of the sunken boat with his GoPro.

When our time was up here, we climbed back in the boat and were back on dry land in minutes. By the time we washed off and put on dry clothes, the pictures they took were ready for us on a small thumb drive. About half of the pics you see here are from them, actually. The thumb drive with pics (including one family portrait) cost USD $45.

Total Snorkel Cancun Review: Shipwreck

Total Snorkel Cancun Review: Shipwreck

Total Snorkel Cancun Review: Shipwreck

Tips — Total Snorkel Cancun Review

  • Our boat got pretty wet and there are no storage areas. Leave as much as possible in the lockers on shore.
  • The sun is harsh in the Caribbean, but sunscreens are discouraged because the chemicals in them affect sea life. Our solution is rash guards. It’s so much easier to just wear a rash guard than to apply and reapply sunscreen!
  • It’s very easy to get disoriented or distracted in the water, and you can’t hear your guide shouting to you when your ears are underwater. Keep looking up to see where your guide is. I missed seeing one of the turtles because I wasn’t paying attention when Diana was shouting “over here!”
  • Bring dry clothes to change into afterward. There is a shower to wash off the salt and sand, but putting on dry clothes is an added plus.

Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Conclusion: Total Snorkel Cancun Review

Have you been snorkeling in Cancun? Have you used Total Snorkel Cancun? What was your experience? Where else is a great place to snorkel or scuba dive?

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Disclosure: Total Snorkel Cancun sponsored our day out. However, my opinions are my own and I only recommend places/services that I believe will genuinely help your travel. This Total Snorkel Cancun review is my honest opinion. 

Comments

  1. I need to get an underwater camera! This looks like a great N American reef!

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