Snorkeling in Mexico is like traveling through an
ocean portal into a hidden underwater world.
There are many mesmerising locations to experience the activity. You could enjoy the opportunity to discover the vivid and vibrant marine life off the coastline in the Caribbean Sea, glance down at the mysterious waters in the local cenote caves or visit the snorkeling hotspots in the island of Cozumel.
It is relatively easy to get to grips with snorkelling for the first time, with a brief introduction from an expert guide, you could soon be unearthing the hidden gems of the ocean in no time at all. Mexico is also home to many of the most prominent and popular scuba diving locations as well. Experienced certified divers regularly travel here to enjoy the abundant diving opportunities. Enthusiasts and first-time novices also often take the opportunity to take a short course whilst enjoying their vacation.
One of the main reasons for the relative popularity of Mexico amongst divers and snorkelers, is because of the close proximity between the Riviera Maya coastline and the Belize Barrier Reef.
The spectacular reef is the second largest coral reef system in the world (second only to the great barrier reef in Australia).
The reef is over 250km in length and forms part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system which stretches over 900km in total. The reef runs along the full width of the coastline in the Mayan Riviera. It borders four countries in total, stretching from the map of Mexico to Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.
Mexico has one of the largest levels of biodiversity in the world. The Belize Barrier Reef is no exception to this, the ecosystem is home to a vast variety of marine life. Large sections are yet to be fully discovered and explored. That means that over future years the extent of the diversity could still increase considerably.
At the present time it is estimated that over 500 species of fish currently inhabit the reef. Over 30 types of soft coral and 70 different types of hard coral have been located there. Divers have also identified around 300 types of mollusk in and around the site. The reef is home to a large proportion of manatees, and a variety of sea-turtles.
Since the mid-nineties the Belize Barrier Reef has been classified as a World Heritage Site. It is important to protect the site because of the sheer natural beauty and advanced level of biodiversity.
There are still threats though to the safety of the species that inhabit the reef and the structure of the coral located there. Over recent years a variety of sea-turtles and manatees have required extra protection due to both environmental and man made dangers.
A situation known as Coral Bleaching has also been increasingly
The exact causes of Coral Bleaching are open to interpretation, it results though in large areas of the Coral Reef deteriorating beyond repair.
Tourism can be a problem to the future of the Belize Barrier Reef as well of course, but we can all help. Whilst experiencing the magical event of scuba diving and snorkeling in Mexico, be sure to respect the natural surroundings and preserve them for future generations to enjoy.
If you would like to experience the sensation of snorkeling on your vacation to Mexico, then you might enjoy the following three package options. They offer a good introduction and varied options to enjoy the activity…
Mayan Adventure Tour - $85.99
This tour includes a great introduction to snorkeling, you can learn the
basics and varied techniques as you explore underground caves and ocean
A professional guide will take you to a range of beautiful locations during this relaxing 7 hour trip.
Tak Be Ha Cavern Jungle Adventure - $48.99
Discover mysterious Mayan pools as you visit Hilario's Well and Tak Be Ha (which is known as the Place of Hidden Waters). You can swim, snorkel and explore throughout this adventurous trip in the heart of the jungle landscape of Mexico.
Whale Shark Adventure - $194.99
In this exclusive small group tour you can enjoy the chance to swim and snorkel alongside mesmerising Whale Sharks off the coastline in the Yucatan Peninsula. If you're lucky then you may also encounter dolphins and manatees in the setting of their natural environment.
There are many equally impressive locations to snorkel in the Mayan Riviera, the ecological parks at Xel-Ha and Xcaret for example are definitely worth exploring.
You definitely gain a sense of perspective and inspiration when Scuba
diving and snorkeling in Mexico It seems like a whole new world just
waiting to be discovered. The views that you encounter are nothing short
The following three tours offer a range of options, the first two are for certified divers whilst the last option includes a PADI course for diving enthusiasts and first time beginners…
2-Tank Cenote Dive - $133.19
This exciting cenote dive tour takes place in the holiday destination of Puerto Aventuras. An experienced guide will lead you on an impressive tour around the captivating underwater cave system. This 8 hour trip is for certified divers only.
Cozumel Diving Day Trip - $171.99
This trip transports you to a range of the most popular dive spots surrounding the island of Cozumel. You can choose two locations amongst La Herradura, Santa Rosa Wall, Palancar Gardens, Paradise Reef and Tormentos.
PADI: 3-Day Open-Water Course - $450.00
If you complete this adventurous and exciting course the you will receive a PADI Open Water Certification Card. This qualification allows you to experience certified dives in an array of different locations throughout the world.