Snorkeling Around Puerto Morelos

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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're looking forward to seeing below the water's surface you might want to visit 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 found in Puerto Morelos.

The chart directly below offers more details concerning 2 of the most popular places to go 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 located off shore.

Some information concerning the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling are displayed here:

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

Riviera Maya Snorkeling

If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to 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 located in Puerto Morelos.

Another place that offers snorkeling related services is Wet Set Diving Adventures. {% link_to 1033402 %} is a great place to experience the joy and wonder of snorkeling in the beautiful waters of Mexico. With so many different locations and adventures, it's the perfect company to jump in with on your vacation!

A third company worth contacting is Snorkeling Adventure. When Bertrand Peguignot, a Frenchman, visited the Mayan Riviera, he knew he had to find a way to stay and in 1989 he found a way to combine his love for the country with his adventurous spirit. This tour operation was born, and today they continue to offer several different snorkeling excursions as well as fishing and sailing adventures. They're located in northern Puerto Morelos.

Check the table just below for a summary of 8 firms 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
Riviera Maya Snorkeling (998) 253-4092 1.6 mi. North-Northeast 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 Diving Adventures (855) 333-6222 0.4 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos

For more information about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our exhaustive 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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