Snorkeling Around Puerto Morelos

As Puerto Morelos continues to grow as a popular tourist destination in the Yucatan Peninsula, visitors are starting to spread the word about what exactly it is that makes this spot so great.  At the top of many people's list is the snorkeling.

A reef set very close to the shore creates a natural barrier for much of the town of Puerto Morelos.  For snorkelers this not only means there is a shallow reef system waiting to be explored from the beach, but that the already warm and clear waters are calm as well.  In addition to the natural conditions that are so great, the government has laid down strict rules which helps to keep the marine world healthy and safe.  

It is important to note that because of these regulations only tour operators who have been vetted and are known for paying close attention to the laws are allowed to provide snorkeling tours in Puerto Morelos.  If you do sign up for a snorkeling tour, they will usually take you out to the Puerto Morelos National Park which gives snorkelers the chance to explore a well-protected area of the Meso American Barrier Reef.  This is the second largest barrier reef in the entire world.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you want to explore below the water's surface you might enjoy Puerto Morelos Beach. A few thousand feet from shore is the second largest coral reef system in the world, and a snorkeling opportunity you won't want to miss. As a protected area, this reef is especially healthy and the biodiversity is astounding. This snorkeling site is located in Puerto Morelos.

Be sure to look at this table for a quick overview of 2 of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Puerto Morelos
Site Location
Puerto Morelos Beach 0.3 mi. East of Central Puerto Morelos
Underground River 2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

Check this table for information concerning the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Puerto Morelos
Name Type Phone Location
Snorkel Tour Cooperative Morelos Boating and Day-Sailing Provider -- 0.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos Mexico

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a business that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can check with Almost Heaven Dive Shop. Their snorkeling tours take guests to the Puerto Morelos National Marine Park, which features no fish zones and protected reefs. Their trips leave daily at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. They are situated in Puerto Morelos.

A second company worth knowing about is Wet Set Divers. With this tour group, you can visit the coral reef, participate in a snorkel excursion to a popular cenote, seek out whale sharks, visit Akumal, stick close to the shore, and even see an underwater Mayan ruin.

A third option is Reef Snorkeling Tour. A tour operator that brings you to two different location to snorkel off the coast of Mexico. Both locations are reefs, so you are sure to have no problem seeing many different colored fish. They're situated in Puerto Morelos.

Check out this table to see 7 companies that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In Puerto Morelos
Name Phone Location
Almost Heaven Dive Shop (998) 871-0633 0.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Brecko's Watersports -- 0.6 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Dive Puerto Morelos -- 0.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Reef Snorkeling Tour -- 0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Snorkeling Adventure -- 4.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Snorkeling Puerto Morelos -- 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Wet Set Divers (998) 871-0198 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos

For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this detailed guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

For now, the waters of Puerto Morelos continue to be some of the most pristine that you'll find in the Yucatan Peninsula.  If you're planning a getaway around the sport of snorkeling, this is certainly one destination to consider. 


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