There are many thrilling activities to do when you’re in the Riviera Maya. One of the most interesting and refreshing is snorkeling! And there is no shortage of places for you to indulge.
So, what is snorkeling?
Snorkeling is the practice of swimming in water using a diving mask, a snorkel, and often wearing fins as well. This equipment allows you to swim through the water while keeping your head underwater. Therefore, you may observe the incredible nature that often hides below the surface!
Does this sound like something you may want to do? Here are some of the best places to go when you’re in the Riviera Maya.
MUSA Underwater Museum
Located in Cancun, this is one of the most magical places you could experience snorkeling. The original intention for its creation was an eco-project to extend the natural reef. As a result, this underwater museum has now over 470 life-sized sculptures. Besides, it provides habitat for thousands of aquatic species.
Also in Cancun, this experience is a bit more natural. The water is calm and is home to some of the most colorful coral in the area! You may also see starfish, lobsters, giant sea fans and rays which are very common to this area.
If you are a fan of sea turtles then you will want to go to Akumal for snorkeling. Sightings of turtles are common year-round in this popular snorkeling spot. Here you won’t find white sand under the water but rather lush fields of seagrass (sea turtles’ favorite meal!). You’ll also see pufferfish, parrotfish, manta rays. Furthermore, there is an incredible assortment of underwater flora such as anemones and sea fans.
This is an exceptional place to go snorkeling. The reason: the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef system comes closer to shore here than anywhere else in the Riviera Maya. In 1998, president Ernesto Zedillo designated it as a protected area. Therefore, you will have to go through a tour company to have a guided tour of the reef. Prepare to see barracudas, sea horses, lobsters, stingrays, and incredible fire coral.
Consider visiting Kantun Chi in Puerto Aventuras if you are not keen on swimming in the open ocean. Or maybe you prefer to experience something different. This is an exotic place in the jungle. Indeed, it is a collection of several cenotes inside a cave network. There you can snorkel and take in the natural beauty of the caverns.
Before you head out to snorkel, make sure you have a plan in place! Most of these locations offer guided tours and equipment rentals. However, if you have experience snorkeling, you may explore on your own.
Whatever the case, be sure to be safe. Be respectful of the environment, that way everyone else can enjoy it after you for ages to come!
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