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 selection of marine life to view with your snorkel mask, most notably, the 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 navigate around it.

The 5 most beautiful places to snorkel in Cancun and its surroundings


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


The Cancun snorkel area called Punta Nizuc is located at the southern tip of the island and is the closest offshore reef from the Cancun Hotel Zone. This reef area is home to turtles, starfish, lobsters and many other critters that live among the coral and algae.

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AquaWorld’s Paradise Snorkel Tour and the SubSee Explorer offer a fantastic tour to Punta Nizuc, a definite must when looking for things to do with kids in Cancun.

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 you can explore it in a day. The reef named Manchones lies just off the coast, as do other impressive sites where you can snorkel in Isla Mujeres’ peaceful waters.

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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 and fun.

3. The Cancun Underwater Museum: MUSA


The Underwater Museum of Cancun is divided into two sections and consists of more than 470 life-sized sculptures. The underwater statues were gradually submerged since 2009 in Manchones Reef which hosts the Silent Evolution statue collection.  The Cancun museum is an eco-project designed to give a well-earned break to the natural reef and to provide habitat for fish and other reef creatures.

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Punta Nizuc houses 17 of Jason DeCaires Taylor’s statues, which are part of the second ‘hall’ of the underwater sculpture museum. This project has generated worldwide interest and definitely worth a snorkeling visit when planning your Cancun vacation.

4. The Island of Cozumel


Just a short stop from Cancun, you can enjoy snorkeling in Cozumel. This has been a favorite activity among tourists for years. The coral formations in the shallow waters are diverse and vibrantly colorful.

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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. Swim With Whale Sharks in Cancun


Especially relevant, one of the most popular seasonal activities is snorkeling with whale sharks in Cancun from June until August (sometimes even mid-September). That’s when these majestic creatures come to feed themselves around the neighboring islands of Contoy and Holbox and Cancun Snorkeling

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Imagine swimming with a creature that’s bigger than you! These gentle giants of the sea are completely harmless and AquaWorld offers a snorkel tour that allows you to swim with them. You simply must experience snorkeling during the whale sharks’ impressive yearly journey to the Mexican Caribbean!