Xcalak Reef, the perfect place for snorkeling

This beautiful place is located south of the Mexican Caribbean coast and is a jewel for snorkeling and discovering the most beautiful reefs in the world.

The Xcalak reefs are located on the lower coast of Quintana Roo, it is one of the few virgin places on the Costa Maya, although its town is little known, the reef is very popular for its great beauty and the ease with which sports are practiced aquatic and snorkeling.


Xcalak was a fishing and coffee town and from 1,900 it was put under control of the Mexican Navy, within a few years the place grew and came to produce up to 300 tons of cocoa each month, however the region lost this option for being an area prone to hurricanes.


The development of its growth is slow compared to the cities that adjoin it; Cancun and Playa del Carmen. However, the beautiful reef brings hundreds of tourists to practice snorkeling and diving in its beautiful waters.


If you want to visit Xcalak you will find small houses, villas, resorts, hostels and allied hotels all on the coast.

What will I find when visiting the reefs of Xcalak?

Xcalak is part of the Mesaoamerican reef, the second largest in the world and the climate is perfect for lying on the sand and looking for a good tan, plus you are sure to find an incredibly colorful underwater world that you will only know if you practice snorkeling. a reserve destined to protect all the flora and fauna that thrive in these waters of the Caribbean Sea.


If you decide to dive, you may find a wide variety of species such as moray eels, nurse sharks, lobsters, tarpon, blue parrotfish and much more along its 1,000 kilometers, as well as tender sponges, starfish and many algae.


If you do not want to immerse yourself in snorkeling and diving you will also find activities such as; cycling, kayaking and fishing. If none of these activities are to your liking then you can visit the archaeological sites for you to enjoy on this visit. Enjoy diving and snorkeling in Xcalak! If it is very far from your hotel then you can take one of our tours or packagessnorkeling in Cancun or the Riviera Maya.

Protected by CONANP


The National Commission of Protected Natural Areas together with the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) it protects this coastal zone so that the reefs are under a signpost and foreign crews are warned of the existence of the beautiful reefs and the boats do not sail along the coast.


Enjoy diving and snorkeling in Xcalak! If it is far from your hotel then you can take one of our snorkeling tours or packages in Cancun or the Riviera Maya.