Riviera Maya Snorkeling

Cancun snorkeling is truly a scene out of a Hollywood picture.  Imagine sailing aboard a catamaran across the azure seas of the Caribbean, tanning in the sun while the cool breeze whisks across your body.  Now the boat lulls to a stop, and the captain says "We're here"...



Cancun Snorkeling Cancun Reef

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Private Snorkeling Tour Riviera Maya

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You reach over the side to feel the water temperature, like a bathtub at a year-round 75°F.  You don your snorkel gear, and take the leap of faith! You put your face in the water and are greeted to a virtual light show of soft coral, beautiful fish, and visibility that seems to never end.  You watch giant lobster shoveling rocks into their burrows to hide from the approaching grouper, and the brilliant yellow and black sergeant majors swarm your legs, curious to see what's going on.  It's like a wonderland that you never want to end! 

Dream no more...this is what awaits you when you snorkel in Cancun.  The best Cancun snorkeling is off the shores of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, which is where most of the catamarans will take you.  The Cenotes are popular for snorkeling due to their amazing visibility and incredible limestone formations. 

Nearly all of the tours that take place in Cancun and the surrounding areas involve snorkeling in some fashion.  As such, there are simply too many tours to list them all.  We've listed the tours that are primarily for snorkeling, and don't have any other items on the agenda.  Please browse the rest of the tour categories on our site to find more snorkeling tours that are combined with other attractions.  When choosing a snorkeling tour, it's best to choose a destination that you want to see, because you'll have something to see from each destination.  We've listed several of the most popular snorkeling destinations in the navigation bar for your convenience.

Cancun Snorkeling - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I snorkel from shore in Cancun?
There are very few places in Cancun to snorkel from shore, since it is a sandbar. The golden rule of snorkeling is that if there is sand, there are no fish.  Fish cling to the reefs and rocks for shelter, protection and food.  They seldom stray into the open sandy-bottom where they are easy prey.  The only decent place is at Punta Nizuc, and it's okay, but not wonderful by any means. Expect to see some barracuda in knee-deep water, though.

Q: I'm not a good swimmer.  Can I still go snorkeling?
For the most part, yes.  You can wear a lifejacket or snorkeling vest to keep you afloat.  Many non-swimmers enjoy snorkeling.  However, if you're scared of the water, then snorkeling probably doesn't make a lot of sense for you.

Q: What is the water temperature?
Water temperatures range from the low 80s in the summer to the upper 70s in the winter - comfortable all year round.

Q: Should I bring my own equipment?
A: Yes, if you have it.  It is important for your enjoyment to make sure you have a mask and fins that fit you.  While this isn't usually a problem, at least if you have them, you know they fit.  However, all the tours provide snorkeling equipment if you don't have them.  You can buy snorkeling equipment online at a discount.

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