Snorkel Around Isla Mujeres and Much More
You want to experience some sand between your toes, Isla Mujeres in Mexico is the place to be. In the crystal clear waters, one can delve into world class snorkeling of Isla Mujeres or scuba diving with the Underwater Museum and the Meso-American Barrier Reef. If that isn’t enough, take the opportunity to jet ski, kayak, paddle board, zip line and or swim in the clear warm inviting waters of the Caribbean.
Isla Mujeres is a paradise where avid travelers can get around by foot, bike or golf cart. But if you can get a scooter on rent, it will add more fun to the escapade. Although there are many activities to do here such as lazing at the beach while taking in the eye-catching panorama, exploring the narrow colorful streets of the tiny downtown, enjoying some shopping at the local shops and take in a few drinks with some eats at any of the many restaurants. Oh, and be sure to take in the views of the unforgettable sunsets.
Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres
Although a snorkeler can swim out from any beach on Isla Mujeres and have a very good chance of seeing some marine life, the center for snorkeling on the island is Garrafon Reef Park. If you visit Isla Mujeres, you shouldn’t take a pass on the opportunity to refresh yourself in this turquoise crystal clear water while you discover the amazing beauty of the island's reefs. You’ll be able to enjoy the wonderful sea life with the huge variety of fish and coral by taking advantage of any of the three options below:
MUSA – THE UNDERWATER MUSEUM – In the full snorkeling trip, divers get the chance to snorkel with the drift at not one but two places. In the first phase of the trip, you will visit Lighthouse Reef. It takes only a few minutes to get there by boat. Upon arrival jump into the water under the guidance of an expert who will show you the best of this beautiful, shallow reef (6 ft deep). As you snorkel you can see lots of colorful fish and many kinds of coral. Then again get back on the boat and sail to the MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art) and Manchones reef that are up to 30 ft deep. Here you can see even more marine life such as stingrays, turtles, hundreds of fish, lobsters, and more! The last destination on the trip is Playa Tiburon – an elegant beach on the opposite side of the island where we will treat your taste buds with scrumptious local delicacies. If time permits, you can plan a visit to the Turtle Farm or swim with the nurse sharks.
GARRAFON NATURAL REEF PARK – As the name suggests, the Garrafon Natural Reef Park is home to some incredible reef formations. The water here is shallow, and the currents are very mild making the water crystal clear. Snorkelers of all ages and abilities can enjoy the multitude of sea life and coral formations. Visitors can also take part in other activities in the park such as a dolphin swim, zip lines, and guided tours.
ISLA CONTOY – Isla Contoy is a small island located at a distance of 15 miles north of Isla Mujeres, and is a wildlife refuge protected by the Mexican government. To avoid seasickness, it is highly recommended to charter one of the larger boats since a lot of the trip can be over rough, open ocean. The boat will typically stop at the beautiful Ixlache Reef on the. When you get to the island there are several reefs that can be explored through snorkeling, and you can also enjoy a leisurely stroll on the white sandy beaches.
There are many other smaller spots for snorkeling around Isla Mujeres. You can take off into the water at any point on the island and expect to see some sea life. A couple of other spots worth noting for snorkeling would be the Underwater Cross and The Virgin of the Bay.