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Snorkel Tips from Experts

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Snorkel over a WWII Shipwreck and view underwater landscapes with the Jolly Pirates

Jolly Pirates snorkeling cruises are the perfect way to appreciate Aruba’s underwater environment, the island’s pristine ocean, and gain a sense of discovery.

The best snorkeling tips are those that are given to you by experts. The key to enjoying a day of snorkeling is to be relaxed and comfortable. Always start with adjusting your mask. The secret is to simply hold your mask to your face and breathe in through your nose. Your mask fits perfectly if it can stay in place without you holding it. Once you have the proper fit, you can adjust the strap to fit snug at the widest area of your head. Pulling your hair back will keep the seal tight and water will not leak in. If you have a mustache you can try putting some lip balm or Vaseline below your nose.

Before you get in the ocean, try some simple, relaxed breathing through your snorkel. Once you’re in the ocean you will feel there’s enough pressure to seal the mask, making it unnecessary to pull your strap overly tight.

As a rule, you should always put your fins on when you’re in the water. Once your feet are wet, your fins become easier to slide on. Small flutter kicks will propel you forward as you glide comfortably in the water. You’ll see a lot of cool things underwater; this will help you focus. A relaxed snorkeler gets more pleasure out of snorkeling.

The Jolly Pirates crew encourages all snorkelers, regardless of their swimming abilities, to wear a flotation device. Aruba’s clear waters afford snorkelers incredible visibility at shallow colorful reef areas.

With a little practice, you can swim alongside the marine life and visit other colorful sites, close to Aruba’s shoreline.

If you’ve never tried snorkeling, it’s easy under the watchful eyes of Jolly Pirates experts, who will point out ideal conditions and locations.

You can choose for a morning or afternoon snorkel cruise with the Jolly Pirates and view the 400ft WWII Shipwreck Antilla. Resting on her port side, the sunken treasure encrusted in fascinating corals is home to oodles of sea critters. Equipped with mask, snorkel, and fins – enthusiastic Jolly Pirates guests twice daily can tour the amazing wreck, immersed in WWII history.

Meet new friends.

Swing from a rope.

Swim in the turquoise Caribbean.

Enjoy an unlimited open bar and a BBQ feast.

Sunbathe on teak decks.

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