Where to snorkel in Cancun?

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The Caribbean sea is one of the best diving destinations in the world. Diving is a must-do for anyone vacationing in the Riviera Maya. The underwater world of the Caribbean is rich in marine life and magnificent underwater landscapes. The water temperature throughout the year is 24-26 C degrees, and its transparency sometimes reaches 150 meters, which creates the feeling of floating in the air and will give you a lot of pleasant impressions.

Where to Snorkel in Cancun and around?

There are many so magnific diving and snorkeling spots near Cancun.

Diving in cenotes

Cenotes are a characteristic chain of underwater caves, wells and underground lakes on the Yucatan Peninsula. There are more than 1000 of them on Yucatan – there is no such number of cenotes anywhere else in the world.

Near Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, there are about 15 cenotes, open to most divers.

Best cenotes for snorkeling near Cancun:

  • Dos Ojos
  • Chac Mol
  • Tajma Ha
  • Kukulkan
  • Calavera
  • Angelita

Punta Nizuc

Punta Nizuc is the nearest offshore reef, this area is home to turtles, lobsters, starfish, and a lot of many other sea critters that live among the coral and algae.

Isla Mujeres

This island village is easy to explore it in just 1 day. There are a lot of impressive places where you can snorkel in peaceful waters where is very common to observe sea turtles when snorkeling.

Cozumel island

The reefs of Cozumel stretch along the coast of the island, providing a home for brightly colored tropical fish and pristine natural gardens.

Here, near Cancun, originates the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (Small Barrier Reef) – the second largest reef in the world. Its length is over 800 kilometers. There are about 60 dive sites near the island of Cozumel (Isla Cozumel), among which there are both simple for beginners and sites for experienced divers. This has been a favorite activity among tourists for years. The coral formations in the shallow waters are diverse, vivid, and vibrantly colorful.

Here you will find a huge number of the inhabitants of the Caribbean Sea.

There are three wreck diving sites near Cancun. One of them is located at a depth of only 15 meters, and the other two are at a depth of 25 and 28 meters.

Underwater sculpture park

The park is located between the coast of Cancun and the island of women (Isla Mujeres, Isla Mujeres). It was created by sculptor Jason Decker Taylor in 2009.

Where to stay in Cancun?

There are so many best places to stay in Cancun. There are about one and a half hundred hotels in the town, a third of them belong to luxury five-star complexes. Along with the classic B&B, there are many all-inclusive, family, and adults-only hotels for all budgets.


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