Marine Life you can find when snorkeling in Cancun
The ecosystem in our Caribbean waters is huge! Snorkeling in Cancun is an experience you will never forget, so try it out and meet our local marine life!
What can I expect to see if I go Snorkeling in Cancun?
Cancun’s reef sites are home to hundreds of different species of sea life, here’s a quick guide to identify the common critters.
Sea Turtles are very common in Cancun and the island of Isla Mujeres.
The three main species of turtles found in and around the area are Green Turtles, Hawksbill and Loggerheads. These are endangered species and are protected by the Government, private bodies and volunteers. The turtles come up onto Cancun’s beaches during nesting season which is from May to September. It’s very important to leave the nests alone if you come across them.
The green turtle can grow up to 1.5 mts (5ft) long; when you snorkel in Cancun it’s very common to see these graceful creatures swim past you.
Snorkel in Cancun with Whale Sharks and Manta Rays
Manta Rays are similar to whale sharks, they are both plankton feeders and are migratory animals. If you join a whaleshark snorkel tour in Cancun then you will be sure to encounter these huge creatures along the way. A giant manta ray can grow up to 9 mts but they tend to be smaller in these waters. They may look intimidating but Manta Rays are harmless and you can enjoy them as they swim amongst the reefs of Cancun or lie dormant on the seabed.
Cancun reefs are home to many starfish
Starfish are called ‘Estrella del Mar’ in Spanish. There are about 1500 species of starfish worldwide and they are in abundance amongst the breathtaking natural gardens of Cancun and it’s surroundings. Whether snorkeling in Cancun or swimming around Isla Mujeres, you’ll be sure to come across many brightly colored Starfish. Just remember it is prohibited to remove or touch any marine animal or object from the protected National Marine Park.
Schools of brightly colored fish occupy Cancun dive sites
Whilst there are too many reef fish in Cancun to mention, you will not be disappointed by the schools of fish you will see during your Cancun snorkel tour. Whether scuba diving or snorkeling, the fish will calmly swim past you as you float close to the reef areas. Blue striped grunts are one of the most common found fish along with Trumpet fish, Angelfish, Yellow Goatfish and Barracuda. A wonderful sight if you’re snorkeling in Cancun!
Nurse sharks like shallow water so it’s possible to see them whilst snorkeling
Nurse sharks are non-threatening and often seen lying close to the coral reef. They are mainly nocturnal animals so a night dive in Cancun could be a good option if you are a certified diver. Their diet consists of crustaceans and other fish mainly, although they also eat algae and coral.
Of all the aquatic activities in the city, snorkeling in Cancun is amazing! If you are not a certified diver the Discover Scuba course is a great way of experiencing the best of Cancun’s reef areas and really getting up close to the variety of sea life.