Cancun Snorkeling Trips

Cancun Snorkeling Trips
All beaches in Cancun, Mexico, are open to the public, but because of the frequently strong undertow, not all beaches are ideal for activities such as swimming and snorkeling. Natural attractions such as the Great Mayan Reef---the second-largest reef system in the world---offer the potential for excellent snorkeling adventures. A number of dive shops offer snorkeling trips to the best locations.

Aqua World

Aqua World, the largest dive operator in Cancun, offers a snorkeling adventure which includes round-trip transportation through a mangrove jungle to The Mother Ship, "a reef-side boat with a bar," according to Aqua World. Once there, you can enjoy unlimited guided snorkeling tours through the reef. Aqua World provides all snorkeling equipment, including an Aqua World snorkel to take home, refreshments, including beer, and guides and instruction, as well as orientation on the environment. Trips depart daily, every hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aqua World also offers combination tours that include snorkeling and a variety of other activities, such as a jungle tours, swims with dolphins, cruises and parasailing.

Aqua World
Bulevar Kukulkan Kilometer 15.2
Cancun, Quitana Roo, Mexico
011 (+52) 998 848 8327

Paradise Reef Snorkel

The Paradise Reef Snorkel, offered by Cancun Vista, affords you the opportunity to snorkel at two different sites. This trip includes round-trip transportation, snorkeling gear, snacks and drinks aboard the boat and at the beach restaurant, and use of beach facilities. Morning and afternoon snorkeling trips are available Monday through Saturday. You have the option to combine your snorkeling trip with a one-hour sunset cruise in a protected bay south of Cancun, which includes champagne and snacks, followed up with a candlelight dinner served on the beach to the accompaniment of romantic music. Lobster and steak are on the menu.

Paradise Reef Snorkel
Cancun Vista
AV. Coba #31, SM 22 MZ 13
Edificio Monaco, Oficina #2
Cancun, Quitana Roo, Mexico 77500
011 +(52) 998 898-4312

Cancun Mermaid

Cancun Mermaid has been in business for more than 30 years and is "considered the best," according to Frommer's Travel Guides. Cancun Mermaid offers snorkeling trips from Cancun to Puerto Morelos, just 23 miles south. This trip is ideal for both beginners and experienced snorkelers in Puerto Morelos. "Drift snorkel" for two hours at two locations while the boat follows you along the reef. The tour includes transportation to and from your hotel, lunch, bottled water, sodas and beer. Snorkeling equipment and life jackets are provided. Advance reservations are required.

Cancun Mermaid
011 (+52) 998 252 2239


Article Written By Kandra Sperling

Kandra Sperling is a freelance writer and photojournalist with more than 30 years' experience. She has worked as a community news editor, writer and photographer for the "Morning News of Northwest Arkansas." She has received three awards from the National Press Women's Association and numerous state awards. Sperling earned a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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