Snorkeling is a wonderful way for everyone to experience the fascinating underwater world of the Pacific Ocean.

You’ll see all types of exotic fish, colorful sponges, and beautiful coral.

What better way could there be to escape from the pressures of daily life than to jump into calm and clear waters and enter another world entirely? Snorkeling in Manzanillo offers travelers the chance to shed their land-legs and eliminate the pull of gravity while experiencing the exotic colors of living coral reefs and thousands of dazzling species of marine life for less than half the price of a standard scuba diving tour. Best of all, snorkeling requires no special training or expensive equipment. If you can float and breathe through a tube, you’re all set to begin your first undersea adventure!

Many of the outstanding scuba diving locations that Manzanillo is famous for also make wonderful places to snorkel. From thriving hard-coral reefs and warm water marine life in the protected waters of Santiago Bay, to exotic tropical creatures frolicking in the warm water of Elephant Rock, there will always be something new and exciting for even the most experienced of snorkelers to enjoy. Beginners may choose to stay close to shore and explore rocky tide pools and craggy rock  outcroppings, while advanced snorkelers can try free-diving through the gaping holes in Manzanillo's 100-year-old shipwreck sitting in only 25 feet of water!

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A wide variety of snorkeling options in Manzanillo will fit the needs of all underwater enthusiasts. Scuba Shack, a PADI Dive Center, offers special snorkeling packages and tours, some of which also include sea-kayaking and sailing. Other travelers may prefer to chart their own course in Manzanillo's twin bays shore locations, or along the coast.

Whether you choose to take the plunge on your own or as part of a guided tour, we at Scuba Shack highly recommend that you grab a snorkeling buddy and a good set of equipment, and dive into one of the following underwater playgrounds! You won’t regret it.

Snorkeling is a safe, easy, and enjoyable way to explore the world beneath the waves and is open to all ages and skill levels, from children to grandparents. Snorkeling is a great activity for the whole family. Snorkeling is certainly the easiest and least expensive way to enjoy Manzanillo's underwater paradise. All you need is a mask, snorkel and fins and you're ready to take the plunge!


Number of Snorkelers

Children age 3-6

Passengers (any age)


*Children over the age of 6 are treated as adults: We have found that kids really enjoy snorkeling as much or more than their parents! This is one reason why children over the age of 6 are full price. We have small masks, fins and snorkels, flotation devices, and small life jackets. It is the smaller ones, usually 3-6 years of age, with a shorter attention span, who don't spend as much time in the water, even though we have seen 5- and 6-year-olds who are having so much fun they do not want to get back in the boat! Because they spend less time in the water (although they are more work), they are charged at a lower rate. Though there is a trained guide in the water who can assist you with your children, we ask that you assist the guide whenever necessary. Children under 3 are welcome to come aboard, as long as there is one parent in attendance on the boat. Many times, one parent snorkels while the other holds the baby, and they take turns so both can enjoy. If you bring a baby, and you would like to introduce him or her to the ocean, please feel free to do so. For very small children, please bring your own flotation device.

Larger group? E-mail us.