Snorkeling Around Holbox

Photo Credit: © Las Nubes de Holbox

Holbox is one of the Yucatan Puninsula's lesser-known destinations, and that is just the way most of the people who visit here like it.  Though they do boast a quiet, out-of-the-way feel, their true claim to fame are the snorkeling tours that allow underwater explorers to see whale sharks up close and personal.  

An island that has no coral reef to speak of and is overrun with seaweed and sand wouldn't normally be on someone's list as a top snorkeling destination.  Holbox, however, is a different story.  The world's largest fish, the Whale Shark, migrates through the waters offshore the island every year between the months of June and September.  

Scuba diving with these creatures is prohibited by the government, but snorkeling is not, and because you are dealing with such a massive sea animal, signing up for a guided tour is highly recommended.  The Whale Sharks feed on plankton, which abounds in these waters, so it is easy for most tour groups to seek them out just by looking out for places where the Whale Sharks can feed. 

In addition to Whale Sharks, you may also see sea turtles, manta rays, and dolphins, which is just frosting on an already gorgeous cake.  It is important to note, though, that the plankton that the Whale Sharks so love make visibility on the low side, so you may not be able to see them as well as other areas along the coast. 

Snorkeling Boat Trips

VIP Holbox

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to check with VIP Holbox. As the leading tour operator in Holbox Island, VIP Holbox is dedicated to nature preservation and your safety. They also have a bilingual staff, so anyone can comfortably enjoy a tour with them!

Another option worth investigating is Whale Shark Tours by Holbox Travel. Holbox Travel's thoroughly trained guides will lead you to the surrounding area of both Holbox Island and Isla Mujeres during the tour. You will likely encounter dolphins, manta rays, and sea turtles, along with whale sharks, of course. They're located within central Holbox.

A third option is Mexican Caribbean Tours. Perhaps the most exciting trips that Mexican Caribbean Tours has to offer include a snorkel tour to Cabo Catoche, a tour of Contoy Island, or the 3 island tour to Bird Island, Yalahau, and Passion Island. Additionally, you may swim with whale sharks or take a tour to Boca Iglesia.

Be sure to look at the chart below for more information about day sails and boat trips that provide snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Holbox
Name Phone Location
Holbox Collection (998) 267-9836 0.3 mi. South of Downtown Holbox
Holbox Island Tours (984) 875-2028 0.3 mi. South of Downtown Holbox
Mexican Caribbean Tours (998) 267-7845 0.3 mi. South of Downtown Holbox
VIP Holbox (984) 875-2107 Downtown Holbox
Whale Shark Tours by Holbox Travel (866) 262-8621 0.3 mi. South of Downtown Holbox

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a business that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you should check out Holbox Island Tours. You don't need to travel very far to experience great snorkeling on this island, but it does help to have a knowledgeable guide to show you around. This tour company can help. They are located in the central part of Holbox.

The table below offers information about a company that provides services related to snorkeling.

Snorkeling Services On Holbox
Name Type Phone Location
Holbox Island Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (984) 875-2028 0.3 mi. South of Downtown Holbox Holbox

To learn more about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this comprehensive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Although Holbox may be an unlikely spot for snorkeling, the creatures that make these waters their home have certainly aided in creating a spot that underwater adventurers return to again and again. 


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