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

For some people, the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you'd like 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. As a first rate travel agency that is also fluent in English, Spanish, and French, anyone who chooses to take a Whale Shark Tour with Holbox Travel will have a fun and comfortable time. They're located in central Holbox.

Still another 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.

A few details concerning boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling are displayed right below.

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 looking for a place that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar 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.

Be sure to look through the following chart to read more with regard to a firm that offers snorkeling related services.

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

For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read our detailed Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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