If you have never snorkeled before, the Riviera Maya is the place to start. If you are seasoned in water sports, or taking your first steps into the shallow end, Mexico is where the adventure awaits.
Snorkeling has become a popular recreational activity, particularly at Mexico’s resort locations. The appeal of snorkeling, is the opportunity to discover and observe underwater life in a natural setting without any complicated equipment or the training required for scuba diving. Reef snorkeling, in particular, involves a diving mask, a snorkel, and fins, and in cooler waters, a wetsuit can also be worn. Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods with little effort.
With an expansive coral reef system located just off the coast of the Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, is Mexico’s top destination for snorkeling. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, extends for more than 600 miles along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula all the way to Belize. It is the largest coral reef system in the Northern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world, and today it is recognized as one of the best things to do in Puerto Morelos.
Some snorkeling tours combine zip lining, ATV rides, and jungle tours to provide a different approach, but the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean allow for easy viewing of the fascinating underwater world of the Riviera Maya, which is home to more than 500 species of marine life including colorful tropical fish, turtles, manta rays, dolphins, tiger and whale sharks.