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Best places to Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres

Best places to Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres

If you are on vacation in Cancun you may ask where are the best places for snorkeling on Isla Mujeres or the Cancun sea? Let's face it, we all want to know what is hiding the beautiful blue sea.

In this article, we will show you our tips and recommendations for 5 snorkel spots during our catamaran trips from Cancun to Isla Mujeres.

Isla Mujeres is a beautiful island to escape for a day during your vacation in Cancun, Mexico. It is right in front of Cancun and in the middle of the ocean and in the surroundings of Isla Mujeres there is a lot of incredible spots for snorkeling. 

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What are the Cancun Sailing snorkeling sites? When you board the Cancun Sailing catamarans you will visit one of the following snorkeling spots listed below 👇.

 

Snorkeling in Manchones Reef

 

Sculpture at Manchones reef

Manchones Reef, is located right in front of Isla Mujeres south area, is an incredible place to do snorkeling. It is around  35 feet deep and you can see different sculptures, a Volkswagen car, and many beautiful fish like Rays, Barracudas, and with some luck, you can see turtles, a catshark, or even a dolphin! This is considered the biggest artificial reef in the world with more than 470 statues in the water. If you want something different and interesting you should discover this outstanding spot.


Snorkeling In El Farito Reef

Aerial shot of El Farito Reef with catamarans

"El Farito Reef" is known by this name as it is located beside an abandoned lighthouse on the ocean in front of Isla Mujeres. It is just 5 minutes away from Isla Mujeres by boat and is a beautiful spot for snorkeling, full of underwater life and a lot of colorful marine species. Discover this amazing place with a private catamaran Cancun sailing tour and look for the statue of the "Virgin of El Farito". It is a safe place to practice snorkel, with 10-15 feet of depth. It is the perfect place for snorkeling with kids since the water is crystal clear, full of fish, and without strong currents to swim against.



Snorkeling in Sac Bajo Reef

Snorkeling In Sac Bajo Reef

Next to some gorgeous houses of Isla Mujeres and a beautiful landscape beside the entrance to the waters of Isla Mujeres with several docks, hotels, and restaurants, you will find Sac Bajo Reef.  A small reef, free of large crowds but really impressive. Definitely is a hidden gem that you must explore.

Snorkeling in Sunken Ship

Snorkeling in sunken ship in Isla Mujeres Mexico

Snorkeling on a sunken ship is something everybody wants to try. With different passageways and an interesting variety of underwater fish wandering around this place, you will spend a fun time exploring the fauna of this sunken ship. If you like adventure and something cool, this is definitely worth the try.

 

Snorkeling in Meco Reef

Cancun Sailing Catamaran above Cancun Ocean statues of fingers and a girl snorkeling underwater

In the middle of Cancun and Isla Mujeres turquoise waters you can find "El Meco Reef". With shallow waters, it's a perfect place for snorkeling. If you want to visit this incredible location for snorkeling you can book a tour to Isla Mujeres, which includes by default a stop to snorkeling around 45 minutes.


Snorkel in Cancun and then visit a Natural Protected Area with our Isla Contoy Experience tour, which includes:

  • Round trip transportation
  • Bread and fruit breakfast
  • Open bar on board
  • Free time in Isla Mujeres
  • Snorkeling at reef
  • Admission to Isla Contoy National Park
  • Buffet on the island
  • Free time at Isla Contoy beach

Couple at Isla Contoy's beachFamily looking at the mangroove in Isla Contoy Experience TourAerial Shot of Isla Contoy's main dock


If you are interested in learning more about the Isla Contoy Experience tour, visit the website: https://www.islacontoyexperience.com/ 


There were our 5 top spots for snorkeling at Isla Mujeres. You will find several options to do the tour, the best one is to rent a private catamaran because you can decide the time and itinerary, so if you love the snorkeling activity and want to visit one, in particular, you will be able to do it. If not, you can book a tour with some company, you can compare prices and inclusions for Isla Mujeres Tour in catamaran here.

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