I already shared some of my favorite photos from Jamaica, but I wanted to go in to some more details about one of our favorite things that we did in Jamaica. After several days of just trying to detox from the stress of the wedding, we went snorkeling in the morning for the first time ever. Well, it was my first time, Matt said he had been before, but not in anywhere outside of Michigan.
I was honestly a little nervous, not going to lie. It was funny because earlier in the week I had said I may want to try scuba diving, but realized soon after that it would not go well and I was definitely right about that.
I got in the water and was okay, but had a bit of a panic attack once I put my head in the water. The whole breathing out of a tube thing was a big adjustment, and then the goggles completely messed up my depth perception, so I was a nervous wreck afraid of touching something and breaking the coral reef.
If you’re going for the first time, I definitely recommend a high bun (my hair was in a pony tail and got tangled in the mask then I lost my pony tail in the water!) and to relax. If you have any sort claustrophobia or fears of lack of control, then definitely just focus on your breath and looking at what’s around you. You slowly forget about your worries and just enjoy the ocean.
After a few deep breaths I was able to start truly enjoy the experience. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. The water was so clear, the colors were so beautiful, and the fish were everywhere! The waves were a little strong, but it felt second nature quickly and we spent the whole time just exploring the reef.
We did see a lot of fish, although the photos don’t do it justice, and even saw a whole family of little white squid with a little baby squid. So adorable to watch them all swim in a little line.
We brought the Go Pro with us, which has mostly been used for Kayaking in the past, and we did get some great pictures, but it was definitely a learning experience! My camera doesn’t have a display to view what you’re capturing, so I put it on burst mode in order to have a better chance in getting the shot that I wanted. This did mean though that for every time I wanted to take a photo I had 10 almost identical photos. It made for a slightly difficult time once we were going through photos, but I did end up usually getting at least one good option.
I’m so glad that we got an opportunity to try to snorkel. I was pretty nervous, but it ended up being such a special memory. We snorkeled again later on in the trip and it was amazing, but those details will be in another blog post soon. Next time we go back Matt is set on get his scuba diving certification and going night snorkeling. I’m not convinced yet, but I’ll be definitely be back in the water with a snorkel and some fins!