Cancun is a city known for its natural beauty, wildlife and the relaxing atmosphere and an ecosystem that gathers all these qualities are the coral reefs. So if you want to know more about the best reefs near Cancun to snorkel or scuba dive this is the post for you.
Coral reefs are formed when the corals get deposited for a long time on a submerged rock or any hard surface. As the time passes by, new life form starts to grow on it.
Coral reefs are found mostly in areas in close proximity to the equator. Shallow water levels are ideal for them to grow in, because sun is an essential factor for many of the marine animals and plants that rely on photosynthesis.
The most fascinating thing about the reefs here is that that scientists believe that there might be over a thousand species more which are yet to be discovered!
Did you know that due to the reefs, the formation of the white and sandy beaches is possible?
There are various ways through which the tourists can explore the world’s most complex ecosystem consisting of more than a thousand species of plants and animals.
Nowhere else in the world will you find such harmony between a wide array of colorful, beautiful and unique species of both plants and animals. Taking tours to visit these reefs will give you an idea about how wide the sea is and yet so little we know.
The tours are a way to give you more information about the underwater life and how important they are for us, in order to maintain harmony and balance in the ecosystem.
The best Reefs to visit
Two of the best reefs you can find near Cancun are Manchones and Punta Nizuc.
Manchones is a 12 kilometer long reef located 10 minutes off the cost of Isla Mujeres. In this reef you can find besides all the marine life we just mentioned, some of the marvelous life-size sculptures that belong to the Cancun Underwater Museum.
You can discover Manchones reef during a snorkeling or scuba diving tour. Your pick!
Punta Nizuc reef is near a secluded beach of the Hotel Zone of Cancun. It has warm, clear and shallow waters, perfect for snorkeling right after your ride through the mangroves of the Nichupte Lagoon during the famous Jungle Tour.
If your dream is to see these beautiful reef but you are not a fan of swimming or are afraid of the ocean, the Subsee Explorer is your solution.
Marine life found in the reefs of Cancun
You will see that there are over 500 varieties of fish, many turtles, dolphins, algae and so much more! Many other types of sponges, star fish, squids and mollusks are also some of the creatures that will welcome you into their world.
The Loggerheads, Green Turtles and Hawksbill are the most common species of sea turtles found in reefs of Cancun. These endangered species of turtles are protected from poachers and predators by the government. Some species of Manta Rays are also found during snorkel tours in Cancun.
And if you want to see the biggest fish in the world you should come to Cancun from June to August and get the opportunity to swim and snorkel with these magnificent Whale Sharks. These big sea creatures are migratory and are known to grow up to a size of 41 feet and live up to the age of 70.
Come and explore this whole new dimension with us! Be sure to take your camera with you because these sights are exclusive to Cancun.