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

A few key details for 3 of the most popular places to enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed in the table below.

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

Aqua Excursions

If you're looking for a place offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with 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 are located in the heart of Xpu Ha.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services is 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. In addition to the corals, there are colorful fish like the parrot fish, angel fish, butterfly fish, Barracuda, yellow tail and grouper that populate this reef.

A third company worth contacting 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. They're located easily reached by taxi South West of central Xpu Ha.

Some information about 4 companies that offer services related to snorkeling are shown in the following chart.

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

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this extensive 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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