The Best Places for Snorkeling & Diving in Mexico

The Best Places for Snorkeling & Diving in Mexico


Swim with tropical fish and witness the vibrant coral off Mexico’s shores during a snorkeling or diving excursion. Snorkeling in Mexico makes for the perfect family-friendly activity with more than 60 species of corals and more than 500 varieties of fish. We’ve found the best snorkeling and diving spots in Mexico for exotic, unforgettable underwater sights.

Splendid Toadfish

Snorkel & Dive at Cozumel’s Marine Park

Explore the untouched and vibrant reefs at Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, a must-see for ocean enthusiasts. This coral reserve is at the forefront of scientific research and conservation efforts, with more than 26 species of coral and 300 varieties of fish. Enjoy the warm waters of Cozumel as you encounter Splendid Toadfish, Hawksbill and green sea turtles. There is a small fee to visit the park, and some basic rules apply to maintain the reef’s beauty. Deep Blue Cozumel can help with everything from equipment rental to diving packages. If you’re new to scuba diving, head to Blue Project to get certified.

Explore Cancun’s Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA)

Take your love of art to a whole new depth at Cancun’s Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA). Founded in 2009, the underwater contemporary museum of art houses more than 500 life-sized sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor, and is renowned as one of the largest underwater artificial art attractions in the world. Experience the art of conservation for yourself by diving, snorkeling or boarding a glass-bottom boat. You can also explore MUSA and surrounding underwater wrecks with Aquaworld, a tour company offering everything from open water certification to night diving excursions.

Manta ray in Baja California

Swim with Manta Rays in Baja California, Mexico

Baja California, Mexico has a number of snorkeling spots from protected Ensenada to the world famous Cabo Pulmo Marine Park. There’s something for everyone, but the main attraction is in the Sea of Cortez, the body of water separating the peninsula from mainland. Each May, snorkelers and divers travel here to watch the Manta rays as they migrate. Listen for their signature popping sound and expect to see the rays jumping from the water, some reaching nine feet! Visit La Ventana at Isla Angel de la Guardia for Finback whales, sea lions, colorful Sargassum and bright tropical species of fish. Also on the peninsula, explore Cabo Pulmo, approximately a two-hour drive from Cabo San Lucas, where you can enjoy the only living coral reef on the Pacific side of North America.


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