We rode on a catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef where we learned the basics and then were left to ourselves the entire day. Once we got the hang of it, it was almost impossible to drag us out of the water! We saw giant rays, beautiful corals and an assortment of colorful fish. We were hooked!
It took a while before Jim and the younger two got their chances and we flew to Mexico for their first experiences. Akhumal, on the Mayan Riviera, is our hands-down favorite place to snorkel with sea turtles and the cenotes nearby offer amazing coldwater cave snorkeling. Jim and I also had the chance to snorkel offshore of Roatan in the Honduras. It boasts the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world and it's accessible right from the beach!
Jim and I soon found that our idea of a vacation is going somewhere warm where we can stick our faces in the water to look at fishies. Since we live in Texas, that means we have to travel, sometimes at great expense, to do that. What I know for sure is It makes ME happy to see Jim so relaxed looking at fishies.
Due to my business ventures, it has been very difficult for us to get away for a snorkeling vacation, both time-wise and money-wise. We managed to hit Key West for a few days (so-so snorkeling offshore) for our anniversary last year, but I knew we were desperate for some fishie face-time when I saw Jim following The Polaris (our automatic pool cleaner) in our pool with his snorkel gear on!