Learn to Snorkel with Fish & Turtles

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Experience hosted by Halie

2 hours, Hosted in English and Spanish
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

This beginner/non-swimmer snorkel experience takes place under the care of a PADI certified professional. Guests should be comfortable putting their faces in water and floating with the aid of life vests. Please read the description carefully:

We snorkel from a soft-sand beach and tranquil bay near an historic fort site in Old San Juan. It’s the perfect location to learn something safely because it’s protected from ocean waves.

(Please note, minimum age is 15. This is an adult experience).

Here's what your group can expect from this experience:

1) A training brief before your experience including:
a) introducing your instructors to your group,
b) safety info (Covid-19 safety & marine safety),
c) equipment use,
d) tips for successful snorkeling,
d) marine life and the marine environment at this fascinating historic location.

2) We'll issue to you sanitized, high-quality equipment, including mask, snorkel, fins, and life vest (optional) (valued at over $100 per person.)

3) In shallow water, you'll learn snorkeling, step-by-step, at a beginner's pace. You'll practice in shallow water to assure individual comfort, especially for non-swimmers

5) We'll then snorkel to see see blue tang, parrot fish, angel fish, and (not guaranteed) green sea turtles

6) After we're done, we'll send a text with a link to transfer media to you by Google Drive.
This beginner/non-swimmer snorkel experience takes place under the care of a PADI certified professional. Guests should be comfortable putting their faces in water and floating with the aid of life vests. Please read the description carefully:

We snorkel from a soft-sand beach and tranquil bay near an historic fort site in Old San Juan. It’s the perfect location to learn something safely because it’s protected from ocean waves…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Equipment includes high-quality mask, dry snorkel, fins, and life vest.<br...

Meet your host, Halie

Host on Airbnb since 2012
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AKA Adventure Mermaid!
(PADI Staff Instructor & Emergency First Response Instructor)

I'm a professional mermaid who loves to play in the sea. Making people smile and laugh on vacation brings me the greatest joy, and if I can show you the underwater world and teach you about the tropical reef fish and turtles you see, all the better!

As a SCUBA instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor, I teach the skills needed to have a blast snorkeling (safely), and many people who have snorkeled for years tell me that they learned something from me from this experience that would have made prior snorkel tours so much better!

What are you waiting for? Let's go snorkeling!
AKA Adventure Mermaid!
(PADI Staff Instructor & Emergency First Response Instructor)

I'm a professional mermaid who loves to play in the sea. Making people smile and laugh on vacation brings me the greatest joy, and if I can show you the underwater world and teach you about the tropical reef fish and turtles you see, all the better!

As a SCUBA instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor, I teach the skills needed to have a blast snorkeling (safely), and many pe…
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14:00 - 16:00
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Where you'll be

We will snorkel near an historic fort that protects tranquil water in Old San Juan lined with palm trees and humming with wildlife like the Puerto Rican parrot and the occasional iguana. The beach is beautiful, so guests often decide to stay and relax after snorkeling.

(Restrooms facilities are a 3-minute walk. Outdoor showers are provided. Please arrive prepared to avoid missing your experience.)

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 408 reviews.

Anne
August 2021
After some hesitation, my partner and I booked the “Learn to Snorkel” experience. While we know how to swim, we are definitely not strong swimmers or “athletes” by any means. I was nervous about feeling like a fool or not being able to “keep up.” Libbie and Adrianne were our guides and they could not have been nicer. We had a diverse group of people at different comfort levels; not once did I feel uncomfortable or “out of place.” We saw a small school of squid (!), a few sea turtles (they are so cute when they surface to get a breath of air!), blue tang (like Dory), and I think some butterfly fish. I was feeling ill from becoming a bit sea sick and they couldn’t be kinder. I never felt like I was holding anyone up. Everything’s really at your own pace. Honestly, it just felt like hanging out with a group of friends and snorkeling at the beach (with some of those friends being experts and giving you tips and safety instruction!). If you want to try snorkeling but are nervous about trying, you should definitely sign up for this experience. I think this is also extremely family-friendly. I would recommend this to any of my friends coming to PR in the future.
After some hesitation, my partner and I booked the “Learn to Snorkel” experience. While we know how to swim, we are definitely not strong swimmers or “athletes” by any means. I w…
Renea
August 2021
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME ♥️ First off let me tell you that I AM NOT A SWIMMER !! I can’t even do a doggy paddle. BUT, this experience gave me some hope. Yes, I wore a life vest the whole time. And I also used to machine (helps you swim) haha well, not really but it’s a whole experience itself. Halie was BOMB. She communicated everything perfectly well and gave us her full attention. She also has a great personality! My husband unfortunately loved the experience but had trouble with the goggles securing to his face (water came in). Other than that, it was the best experience EVER ! oh .. did I mention that I CANNOT SWIM ? … but Halie had me going .. and we saw some big sea creatures! My husband was scared lol!! But this is a MUST DO !!!!!
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME ♥️ First off let me tell you that I AM NOT A SWIMMER !! I can’t even do a doggy paddle. BUT, this experience gave me some hope. Yes, I wore a life vest the…
Karen
August 2021
Savannah was a great host! She made us feel comfortable in the water and her care for nature was extraordinary! Definitely a highlight during our stay.
Myanah
August 2021
This experience was awesome!! I was so scared because I'm not a strong swimmer but my guide(I believe her name was Savannah) made me feel very at ease and was very patient with me. I saw a ton of fish and a few turtles! Overall my favorite part of my trip! Book it now!
This experience was awesome!! I was so scared because I'm not a strong swimmer but my guide(I believe her name was Savannah) made me feel very at ease and was very patient with me.…
Nyla
July 2021
The experience was unforgettable. Halie was very experienced and took care of all of my families and I’s needed. We got to see some beautiful green sea turtles and a bunch of different colored fish. I highly recommend doing this while is San Juan!!
The experience was unforgettable. Halie was very experienced and took care of all of my families and I’s needed. We got to see some beautiful green sea turtles and a bunch of diffe…
Courtney
July 2021
We booked this last minute so happy to find available snorkeling. We weren’t sure how it would be but we’re excited. This was an amazing experience!! We had Libbie as our instructor and she was awesome, so knowledgeable and friendly. We got to see green sea turtles, squid, octopus, puffer fish, angel fish, blue tang, peacock founder, and so much more. It was beautiful and highly recommend booking with them! I would definitely do it again when I come back to the island!
We booked this last minute so happy to find available snorkeling. We weren’t sure how it would be but we’re excited. This was an amazing experience!! We had Libbie as our instructo…

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Know your comfort level
Please note that outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

Towel to dry off and to sit on the beach

Bathing suit or swim trunks