A happy woman snorkeling in Cancun

From simply snorkeling off the beach by your hotel or taking a fantastic snorkeling tour through the Jungle, Cancun offers great ways to enjoy exotic coral reefs and beautiful fish in the warm water of the Caribbean.

Where to Snorkel in the Cancun Area

Most people that visit Cancun love to snorkel and the great thing is that there are tons of places to snorkel in the Cancun area.

  • The southern shoreline of the Hotel Zone near the Club Med and Westin Regina Resorts is the best place to snorkel in the Hotel Zone of Cancun.
  • The coral reefs near Puerto Moreles (20 minutes from the Cancun airport) are a much better environment in which to snorkel in Cancun. The reef is much closer to the beach and a great place to go snorkeling on your own.
  • El Garrafon National Park in Isla Mujeres is also a great place to see tons of fish.
  • Chankanaab National Park in Cozumel as well as the most of the beaches.
  • Eco-Parks like Xcaret and Xel-Ha offer great snorkeling.
  • Cenotes (underwater caves) are also a great way to see a different side of underwater Cancun.
  • The Nichupte Lagoon between Cancun Island and Cancun City offers a fresh water and saltwater mixture of snorkeling.

Cancun beaches are generally not the best places to see a lot while you are snorkeling. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t try. There are always some fish swimming around under the water, along with other marine life that commonly inhabits inshore areas. Expect to see a lot of sand if you are “wade snorkeling” off a Cancun beach in waist deep water.

Cancun Snorkeling Trips and Tours

Kids on a Cancun snorkeling tour

Since the main portion of the reef lies offshore from Cancun, snorkeling tours which take you out by boat are a much better way to see the major portions of the reef and the greatest variety of marine life.

Cancun snorkeling tours are usually held in much deeper water than what you encounter off the beach, so tour companies closely supervise tourists in the water to make certain no one gets lost, left behind, or experiences any difficulties swimming.

Snorkeling gear is provided by the boat and the crew on all of these Cancun-based snorkeling tours, and boats run out to places like Cozumel and Isla Mujeres throughout the week for all those who want to experience the simple, yet exciting first hand encounter with the ocean and its life in these locations.

Aquaworld Jungle Snorkeling tour

Aquaworld’s Jungle Tour is one of the many snorkel adventures available. This two hour Cancun snorkeling tour includes tour guides, refreshments, life-jackets, instructions, snorkeling gear and a ride through the lagoon on their AquaRays (Jet-ski style boats).

Cancun Fish Species

Beautiful Fish abound throughout the reefs and around their perimeters. As a tropical climate, Cancun is home to thousands of exotic fish species. Snorkeling anywhere near a concentration of fish is like watching a marine wildlife documentary first hand in 3D. Perhaps no place on earth has a greater variety of fish other than the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

Tips for Snorkeling in Cancun

A couple walking on the beach after Cancun Snorkeling
  • Don’t remove anything from the reef – even if it looks like a dead piece of coral, buried treasure or fossil. Please be mindful of the fact that this great reef, all of its fish, and every other living thing in and around it are protected by Mexican Law.
  • Bring an underwater camera! This is an experience you
  • Save money by bringing your own snorkel gear. But don’t worry if you don’t have any, snorkel gear is usually for rent at most hotels and through snorkeling tours.

Snorkeling Operators

When dialing the local number from the U.S. or Canada, always dial 011 52 (998) before the number shown.

Operator Telephone
Aqua World 848-8327
Aqua Fun 985-3260
Aqua Tours 983-0400