The Riviera Maya is known worldwide for its crystal waters and for the countless tropical species that inhabit them. This makes it an ideal environment for diving and snorkeling and so, this is a “must do” activity when you plan to visit the Riviera Maya.
Well now, what are the differences between snorkeling and diving and in what places can we practice these sports?
The first thing to determine is the traveller’s expectations and their experience in diving.
While the snorkel is recommended for anyone with or without experience, since it simply involves swimming on the surface and watch the seabed, diving is more delicate as it involves the submersion under the sea.
For snorkeling is enough to have an eye mask, a breathing tube, a life jacket and optionally fins to facilitate the movement.
For diving, however, it is also essential to have an air tank and regulator to ensure safety during submersion. If you have never done diving you can try doing a “baptism” with specialized instructors and if they observe that you are enough trained, you will be able go to and experience the exotic funds of the Caribbean Sea.
In both cases, we recommend going with a specialized guide who is knowledgeable of the area, especially in the case of diving. If this is the first time you visit the Riviera Maya and you don’t want to miss this activity, you can book some excursions made by professional snorkeling or diving companies.
So, bearing in mind this information, where we can practice these activities?
SNORKEL OR DIVE IN CENOTES
The cenotes are one of the places which result more impressive for tourist which visit the Riviera Maya for the first time. Not only its fresh, clear water makes them special, but the fact that they are hiding in the middle of the jungle. Moreover, thanks to its millenary stalactites and stalagmites, you will be able to discover more about their history.
In this delightful natural surroundings, we can not neglect the wonders that lie beneath its crystal clear waters, and so, practicing snorkeling or diving is highly recommended in the cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Each one of them has its special charm, and to appreciate it, we always recommend to visit more than one.
To accomplish this, there are numerous organized trips to cenotes that allow you to visit this attractive nature beauty emerged during the Pleistocene glaciers pulses. Open, semi-open or underground cenotes all of them are unique and worth visiting.
DIVING OR SNORKELING WITH TURTLES
Another perfect environment for snorkeling or diving is Akumal Beach, known for the presence of innumerable sea turtles who inhabit its clear waters.
You can go by yourself or take a guided tour to Akumal where you will enjoy with other travelers the experience of swimming a few meters away from these gentle marine reptiles.
SNORKELING OR DIVING IN THE CORAL REEF
Undoubtedly snorkeling or diving in the coral reef is an unforgettable experience for tourists visiting the Riviera Maya. Noted as the second largest reef in the world with almost 1,000km extended throughout 4 countries, it runs from Cancun to Honduras.
In the trips to Sian Ka’an or Contoy Island – Isla Mujeres it is possible to carry out this activity of snorkeling in the coral reef. You will be able to closely appreciate this wonderful ecosystem of coral structures inhabited by many species of algae, invertebrates and fish.
DIVING OR SNORKELING WITH WHALE SHARKS
This is definitely the activity for the most daring travellers. This tour offers you the opportunity of watching closely the world’s largest existing fish with about 12 meters long. Undoubtedly, an experience that tourists will never forget.
This animal, totally harmless, lives in the oceans and warm seas near the tropics.
Despite being an activity of great interest for tourists visiting the Riviera Maya, unfortunately, you can only make the Whale Shark trip during the months of approximately May to September.
DIVING WITH BULL SHARKS
Just in Playa del Carmen, 400 feet from the coast and 60 feet deep you can enjoy of an amazing experience diving with the bull sharks. A lot of people come to Playa del Carmen in winter to dive with this exotic shark. Bull sharks are considered to be one of the most dangerous sharks in the world, though attacks are extremely rare.
These five options are just some of the many possibilities that the Riviera Maya offers to those tourists interested in engaging with snorkeling or diving.
As a final advise, we always recommend going with a specialized guide, using biodegradable sunscreen and… not forgetting the underwater camera to take incredible pictures such as this ones!
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