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Snorkeling Spots in the Riviera Maya You Don’t Want to Miss

Places to snorkel in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya offers some of the world’s the most accessible snorkeling opportunities along the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world.

Beautiful white sand beaches fringed with coconut palms are a stunning backdrop to the stunning Caribbean Sea with its shimmering blues and green colors, teeming with spectacular aquatic life and coral reef.

Grab your mask, snorkel, and fins and let’s dive in and check out the top snorkeling destinations in the Riviera Maya!

Swim with the sea turtles in Akumal Bay

In the Mayan language, Akumal means the place of the turtles, and it is difficult not to see at least one here. This bay is home to many Green and Loggerhead Sea Turtles. The waters here are full of marine life.

Explore Yal Ku Lagoon – Where Rainwater Meets the Sea

Yal Ku is a beautiful inland lagoon where fresh water from surrounding cenotes collects into a gorgeous waterway filled with freshwater and saltwater fish and surrounded by mangrove jungle.
Just follow the access road north along Half Moon Bay and take the first left. There is an entry fee for Yal Ku, and services here are very convenient. You’ll find lockers which rent for a minimal cost, as well as restrooms and snack food.

Dos Ojos – “Two Eyes” into the Mayan Underworld

Located just north of Soliman and Tankah bays, Dos Ojos is one of the most popular snorkeling and diving cenotes in the region. You’ll pay a small entrance fee and drive about 2 kilometers to Dos Ojos cenote. You’ll marvel at the litany of rock formations, dark tunnel entrances, and fish. Don’t be surprised to see divers exploring the caverns too.

What lies just offshore is a national treasure

Puerto Morelos reef was declared a Marine Park 1998. In the protected area you must snorkel with an accredited guide, and wear a life jacket. Finding a guide is a sinch, they are located all along the beach. After a 10-minute boat ride and a short briefing from your guide, you’ll find yourself gliding in aquamarine blue water with countless tropical fish, looking down on beautiful coral formations. The average time in the water is 1.5-2 hours.

Looking for more fun things to do?  See how much there is to choose from.

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Kay moved to the Riviera Maya in 1992 to explore underwater caves. As an expat, Kay has been working in the vacation and tourism profession in Mexico ever since. She is the co-founder of the travel & vacation rental website

Read her amazing story because she thought she’d only stay 6 months.

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