Snorkeling Around Xpu Ha

Xpu Ha is not necessarily the type of destination you choose for the snorkeling, but there are a few spots that you can visit to fulfill your craving to explore under the surface of the sea.  

Most people who stay in Xpu Ha will make plans to head to Akumal where some of the best snorkeling in the region can be found.  There are a few tour guides in the area that specialize in these types of tours, bringing their guests up to Half Moon Bay and Akumal Bay.  There are also a few cenotes in the area that allow you to experience crystal clear fresh water in sink holes that features many unique natural architectural feats like stalagmites.  

You can also keep things laid back by bringing your own snorkel gear and heading to the beach.  Not all of are great for snorkeling, but if you go just north of Esencia there will be an area that has a great deal of fish to swim with as well as a small section of reef about 100 yards out from the shore.  

Snorkeling Sites

Be sure to look at the following table for a quick overview of 3 of the most popular places to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Xpu Ha
Site Location
Tajmahal Cenote 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Xpu Ha
Yal-Ku Lagoon 5.1 mi. South West of Central Xpu Ha
Yal-Ku Lagoon 5.1 mi. South West of Central Xpu Ha

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Dressel Divers Puerto Aventuras. The daily snorkeling trips from Puerto Aventuras venture to INAH Natural Reserve reef. There is an extensive coral population at this reef, including sponges and fan and brain corals. They are located in the vicinity of La Gloria, a short distance away Northeast of central Xpu Ha.

A second company worth knowing about is Aqua Excursions. If you're going to take advantage of the underwater playground that surrounds the area, you may as well go big and get the most of your experience with a knowledgeable tour guide such as those who operate this dive and watersports activity center.

A third option is Bahia Divers. There are three main snorkeling tours offered with this group, including a Local Snorkeling Tour that highlights the reefs Xpu Ha during a one hour trip. The Cenote Snorkeling tour is a half day event, while the Whale Shark Snorkeling tour will be one of the most unique experiences of your life. They're situated in the heart of Xpu Ha.

The following table enables you to get some details concerning 4 companies that provide snorkeling services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Xpu Ha
Name Phone Location
Aqua Excursions (984) 802-8323 2.8 mi. South West of Central Xpu Ha
Bahia Divers (984) 116-4963 Central Xpu Ha
Dive Puerto Aventuras (984) 873-5031 Puerto Aventuras, 2.8 mi. Northeast of Central Xpu Ha
Dressel Divers Puerto Aventuras (+34) 963 561 496 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Xpu Ha

For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

While the snorkeling opportunities directly in Xpu Ha are limited, it is still definitely possible and highly recommended that you take the time to don your snorkel, mask, and fins to do some underwater exploration.  


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