The coast of the Yucatan peninsula runs parallel to the 2nd largest reef system in the world, so it is certainly worth the effort to go snorkeling or scuba diving ... or BOTH! Throw a rock in the Riviera Maya and you will hit a place to snorkel. Just pick one, or visit them all one by one! Just about any location along the coast will provide plenty of adventure, but Akumal Bay has resident turtles all year round and is a definite crowd-pleaser. Snorkel equipment is available for rent at the dive shops, as are guided tours in the water (even for beginners). Most cenotes offer snorkeling as well, for a completely different experience.
Located on the north end of Akumal, Yal-Ku Lagoon is a wonderful place for both adults and children. With no ocean waves and several easy entry stairways with railings that lead straight into the lagoon, even an inexperienced snorkeler or swimmer will be right at home. There is a great variety of gorgeous fish that are not intimidated by humans, but the water can become murky when the ocean water mixes with the fresh water of the lagoon. It is requested that visitors wear biodegradable sunscreen to protect the underwater wildlife, and it's a good idea to wear a t-shirt for sun protection as well. An enjoyable place to spend all or part of day, Yal-Ku has beautiful grounds with great flora and fauna, garden sculptures, and many places to sit and take in the beauty.
ECO-PARKS AND DIVE CENTERS
Xcaret Eco-Archeological Park Beautiful setting and a great way for all members of your group to enjoy the incredible beauty, culture and history of the Riviera Maya. Bring your credit card, purchase the package and plan on spending all day playing and enjoying all there is to offer. Don't miss the night show! Located just south of Playa del Carmen on Highway 307.
Casa Cenote/Manatee Cenote A perfect stop after a long hot day of exploring ruins. Dive in to cool off and don't forget your snorkel gear! Afterwards visit Casa Cenote or Blue Sky for a cold drink and a meal if you like. Located in Tankah.
AKUMAL AREA DIVE CENTERS
Akumal Dive Shop Located on the north end of Akumal Bay near CEA.
Akumal Dive Center Located farther south on Akumal Bay, just past the LolHa restaurant.
Akumal Dive Adventures Located on Half Moon Bay next to La Buena Vida Bar and Restaurant.
Akumal Bay Dive Center Located at Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort.
Aquatech Located at Villas De Rosa Hotel - Aventuras Akumal.
PUERTO AVENTURAS AND XPU-HA DIVE CENTERS
Aquanauts Located in the Marina, Puerta Aventuras and also on the beach at Xpu Ha.
Dive Aventuras Located in the Omni Resort, Puerto Aventuras.
Pro Dive Catalonia Located in the Catalonia Resort, Puerto Aventuras.
Zero Gravity Dive center with full retail selection. Specializing in cave and cavern diving and training. Located next to Pemex Gas Station in Xpu Ha.
Pro Dive Dreams Resort Located in the Dreams Resort, Puerto Aventuras.
Bahia Divers Xpu Ha Xpu Ha, Entrance X6 next to La Playa Restaurant.
TULUM DIVE CENTERS
Dive Tulum Located at Santa Fe camp grounds on Tulum Beach north.
Abyss Dive Center 2 locations - Paraiso Beach Club and the corner of Av. Tulum & Osiris Norte.
Acuatic Tulum Dive Center Located on the corner of the Highway 307 and Coba Road.
Cenote Dive Center Located on the main street across the road from the HSBC.
Halocline Diving Located in Tulum on Andromeda between Orien y Centauro.
Xibalba Dive Center Located on Calle Andromeda between Calle Libra and Calle Geminis.