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The Mexican Caribbean offers us plenty of spectacular places to snorkel and we are lucky enough that the water is not only warm but crystal clear! This gives us the perfect opportunity to do some remarkable snorkeling and spot some unique, beautiful, and interesting things along the way.  Let us show you what to look for while snorkeling in Cancun


Whale Sharks

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These massive fish are not only the largest on the planet but also some of the most docile.  Don’t let the name fool you, these sharks feed only on Plankton which is what brings them to Cancun each year in such large pods. If you sign up for a Whale Shark tour make sure to listen to your guide as to how close you can swim to them and be sure to follow all instructions. 


Manta Rays

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Just like the Whale Sharks, Manta Rays feed on Plankton and can be seen during snorkel tours either swimming alongside you or docile on the sea floor.  The large rays can grow over 18 feet and can be seen either swimming alone or in groups up to 50.  These majestic creatures are harmless but are very rarely seen so keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot one. 


Coral Reef 

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Cancun is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. While there may be many fish or critters that will catch your eye while snorkeling, the coral reef, with its many different species, shapes, sizes and colors will be sure to give you something to remember.  


Colorful Fish

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We could list all of the species that you might see while snorkeling in Cancun but that could be a seperate blog on it’s own! There are plenty of colorful fish to spot: big, small, blue, yellow, really all colors and sizes.  If you snorkel with a tour feel free to ask your guides about fish you may see and ask questions about the ones you spot.



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Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are home to 3 different types of turtles: Green Turtles, Loggerheads, and Hawksbill turtles.  These endangered animals not only swim in the waters but lay their eggs each year on the shores of Cancun and the Riviera Maya.  You may be able to see turtles while snorkeling but also encounter them on the beach laying their eggs or if you are really lucky, be witness to hatching and releasing of baby turtles.  Since these animals are protected by the local government you’ll probably see nests closed off in certain areas of the beach, and volunteers helping release the babies into the ocean. Remember not to touch the turtles or take flash photography of them at night as we want to keep them alive and well for future generations. 

Now that you know what to look for, and look forward to, during your snorkeling adventure in Cancun, it’s time to start planning your vacation! Click here to view all of our incredible packages.