Good Snorkelling options from Tulum?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 24, 2013 10:24 PM Last Post By: debiky
Feb 13, 2013 9:57 AM
Good Snorkelling options from Tulum?I know I can head to Akumal for example, but does anyone know of anything more low key and also easily accessible by bus/colectivo via the Pueblo?
I'd prefer something where I can just bring my own gear and do my thing on my own right from the beach. Any help is muchmuchmuch appreciated.
Feb 13, 2013 12:47 PM
1There really is not too much that can be done from the beach. In most cases the reef is a pretty good swim from shore, more than most people can handle, more than a single swimmer should do. There may be some spots South along the Hotel Zone where there are rocks and reef along the shore, but nothing like Akumal.
I would still consider heading out with one of the boats, head to Playa Paraiso beach club, there are usuall boats near there making deals to take people out. I would think for $20-30 US you can go out for a couple hours, usually to a couple different spots.
Feb 13, 2013 1:03 PM
2It appears from Google Maps (and experience) that the reefs are approx 500 m from shore at Tulum. This isn't too far for a good swimmer, but you have to consider your own abilities and water conditions; agreed, better to do this in pairs.
Feb 13, 2013 5:57 PM
Feb 14, 2013 7:13 AM
4Akumal is your best option for shore snorkeling since the reef is close to shore. In Puerto Morelos you really need to take a boat for $20-25, and the best snorkeling in Coz is also off a boat. Maybe head to La Playa Beach Club at Xpu-ha for a day, but again the reef is pretty far out for good snorkeling.
Feb 14, 2013 7:45 AM
Feb 14, 2013 5:36 PM
6The Yal-Ku lagoon park on the north end of Akumal is so low key and well done.
It is little inlets with good fish and easy accessability. Nominal admission, basically a parking fee.
You can go out just south of it with rocky shores or on the town beach and usually encounter turtles if you like. If you have it confused with Xel-ha amusement park it is not that.
Feb 24, 2013 10:24 PM
7There's good snorkeling off the beach in Puerto Morelos. The section in front of Playasol and south to Villas Latinas is the best snorkeling inside the reef. There are resting buoys at the north and south end of this area. You need to have a guide to go all the way out to the reef and it's well worth the trip too.
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