Top 5 Places to Snorkel in Cancun, Mexico
Snorkeling is a must-do for anyone vacationing in the Caribbean, so here are the top 5 places to snorkel in Cancun, Mexico. Apart from crystal clear waters, there’s a great variety of marine life to view with your snorkel mask, from small fish to gigantic whale sharks.
Where to Snorkel in Cancun, Mexico?
You can snorkel off of Cancun’s beaches, but it’s much more enjoyable to take an organized snorkel excursion. This because an expert will take you to the reefs with the best views and help you throughout the tour.
Besides, going with an expert means you will be safer – can you imagine snorkeling too far from the shore and losing it! Even in the serene Caribbean waters, this could get most people scared.😨
The 5 most beautiful places to snorkel in Cancun and its surroundings
During your trip to Mexico, you will have a few opportunities to snorkel, but these are the one you can’t miss. These areas are located in the well-protected National Marine Park and provide maximum visibility of schools of fish and marine life.🐠 Such life goes from sea urchins to eagle rays passing through all kinds of corals.
1. Punta Nizuc
This snorkel area in Cancun is called Nizuc, it’s located at the southern tip of the Hotel Zone and is the closest offshore reef from the mainland. This area is home to turtles, starfish, lobsters and many other critters that live among the coral and algae.🐢
As a bonus, Nizuc also has one of the three galleries of MUSA, the Underwater Museum of Art.😱 Some of their most iconic pieces are Understanding – six seated giants that create an out-of-this-world scene -, The Gardener of Hope, Reclamation, and many more!
The best way to see them from up close is snorkeling🔎, but visiting it on board a submarine is also a great option especially for little kids and people that don’t know how to swim.
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2. Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is still a fishing island that receives flocks of tourists daily. The island village is only 5 miles long and half a mile wide so that you can explore it in a day. A good option is to go to Playa Norte✨ with a slice of bread and attract plenty of tropical fish to snorkel with. However, the best spots are a bit further away from the shore: El Farito and Manchones.
El Farito means the little lighthouse. It is a trendy spot because it’s shallow yet full of fish and corals. On the other hand, Manchones is a deeper reef with even more marine life🐡 but don’t worry about it being deep, Isla Mujeres’ transparent waters provide perfect visibility so you won’t miss the show!
It’s very common to observe sea turtles when snorkeling in Isla Mujeres, so it’s a good idea to bring an underwater camera📸. AquaWorld’s day trip to Isla Mujeres offers a complete tour to the island including snorkeling, lunch, shopping, drinks and so much FUN!💦
3. The Cancun Underwater Museum, MUSA
MUSA has three sections or galleries (Nizuc, Manchones, and Punta Sam) the biggest one is Manchones, and it consists of more than 400 life-sized sculptures! They are part of a collection called The Silent Evolution, made in 2009 by British artist Jason DeCaires Taylor👨🏻🎨🎨.
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The Cancun museum is an eco-project designed to give a well-earned break to the nearby natural reefs and to provide a safe habitat for those creatures whose home reefs were harmed by human activity. It has generated worldwide interest and definitely worth a snorkeling visit when planning your vacations in Cancun.
4. The Island of Cozumel
Just a ferry ride away from Cancun, you can enjoy snorkeling in Cozumel. This has been a favorite activity among tourists for years. Less famous than scuba diving, snorkeling is another fantastic way of seeing the vibrantly colorful coral formations in the island.
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The reefs of Cozumel stretch along the coast of the island, providing a home for brightly colored tropical fish and pristine natural gardens🐚. If you’re looking for a day trip to Cozumel, AquaWorld provides a tour from Cancun that includes transportation, lunch, and snorkeling.
5. Isla Contoy
The Mexican Caribbean hides a secret gem: Isla Contoy🌴… each summer, this island hosts whale sharks and giant manta rays. Snorkeling with them is possible! There are tours departing from Cancun, Mexico from June until August (sometimes even mid-September).
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Imagine swimming with a creature 3 times bigger than you🐋 These gentle giants of the sea are completely harmless, and they’re not whales… they are sharks! That makes them the biggest fish in the sea!
So there you have it, the ultimate guide for snorkeling in and near Cancun, Mexico. Which one is your favorite?🤔 Let us know on the comments below!