Snorkeling in Costa Maya

If you’re up for an adventure, costa Maya snorkeling may just be the thing for you. This stunning tourism destination offers exciting shore excursions with a stunning beach to visit, a beach club, great sightings of the local wildlife such as sea turtles, and hours of fun in the sun. If snorkeling sounds a bit adventurous for you, there are also a whole host of other tours you can do with Chunky Monkey in Costa Maya Mexico.

Come join us and snorkel with green sea turtles in their protected natural habitat!

On this tour, we’ll be visiting the second largest barrier reef called the Meso-American Barrier Reef. This system is also known as the Great Mayan reef and is second only to the Great barrier reef in Australia. The Great Mayan coral reef spans more than 620 miles (1000 km) and can be found just a short boat ride off the shore of Costa Maya Mexico.

Being the second-largest reef in the world, and the largest near the American continent, this colorful natural wonder with its abundance of marine life is a great attraction for divers and those interested in snorkeling.

During our Costa Maya snorkeling tour, you can expect to see lots of tropical fish, colorful underwater sea life, sea turtles, sharks, and of course the coral reef. Make sure you come prepared! We’ll be spending about an hour on the reef before heading back where you can enjoy yourself by our beach club.

What To Expect:

Our adventure starts when we get to Mahahual beach where we will provide you with gear and a safety briefing on the tour.

As part of the Meso-American Barrier Reef ecosystem, the reef of Mahahual is undoubtedly one of the wonders of the Caribbean ocean and the second-largest reef system in the world! The area of the barrier reef that we explore is extremely rich in marine biological diversity. It is a breeding ground for many species of tropical fish, eagle rays, and eels. Additionally, lobsters are commonly sighted here where they can be seen alongside beautiful tropical fish and thriving coral gardens! You might even see some turtles going about their day.

As soon as we find turtles we will give you some time to see them and take some photos (if you bring a camera). Additionally, you will definitely also see an abundance of different types of fish swimming around. If you’re lucky, you could also see a stingray or two. Make sure to respect the ocean and its creatures. Don’t touch anything! coral reefs are very sensitive and under enough stress without our influence. Also, make sure to keep a safe distance from the marine life. It’s best to see them doing their thing instead of terrifying them and having them hide away. If you have any questions, your dedicated in-water guide will be able to give you some more information about the sea life you’re seeing below.

This Chunky Monkey Costa Maya Snorkel tour takes place just off the shore of Mahahual. Our experienced snorkel guides will try to locate the best snorkel site with everything you want to see. They will also provide all necessary equipment and life jackets for the tour. You can also expect instruction, and supervision for your safety and enjoyment, making this adventure one to remember!

Make sure to keep a safe distance from all marine wildlife during this off the shore excursion.

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What The Tour Includes:

When booking a snorkeling tour with Chunky Monkey tours, you can expect to receive the following:

  • All snorkeling equipment
  • Cold purified bottled water or soda
  • In-the-water professional guide
  • Life jacket
  • Multi-lingual tour guide
  • Boat trip

Not Included

  • Gratuity for guides

What To Bring:

Ready to go and explore the ocean floor? Make sure you bring the following to make yourself more comfortable:

  • Warm clothes
  • Towel
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • A sense of adventure
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beachwear

You’re also welcome to bring your own snorkel and other gear on the cruise. Sometimes its better since you know everything will fit well. This could enhance your experience. You’ll also be able to practice before your snorkeling tour.

Some More Information:

Tour Length: 1:30 hours

Availability: Every day. Reservations need to be made the previous day.

Cost: $45 per person Ages 12+

Capacity: Minimum 1 person, maximum 8 people per group.

Language: English and Spanish.

Dexterity: Medium

Modality: Shared

Meeting Point: Instructions will come with your booking reservation.

Need to know

Guests must be 12+ or accompanied by an adult 18+ at all times.

Costa Maya Mexico Beach Club

Chunky Monkey also has a beach club you can visit after your snorkeling tour is over. At the club, you can have lunch or just enjoy yourself at the bar. Snorkeling can be quite taxing, so give yourself some time to relax and process all the beautiful things you’ve seen on your off shore excursion.

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FAQ

In this section we collect answers to the most popuar questions related to Snorkeling in Costa Maya.

Costa Maya is an excellent snorkeling destination. The abundance of marine wildlife will definitely make this trip worth it.

The beach is about 10 minutes from the cruise port. It is accessible by shuttle or tram. Walking is possible, but not suggested.

Although you may wear snorkel gear at any time in Carmen, there really is not that much to see along the coastline. The only exceptions are south of Playacar. For the best experience, join one of our snorkeling tours at Chunky Monkey tours.

Yes, as long as you use a camera that can be used underwater.

Yes! you can use your own snorkeling equipment if you like. If you don’t have or forgot to bring yours, don’t worry we’ve got you covered.

Sarah Willoughby

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Fernando and his family are some of the nicest people we met while on our cruise. We literally spent our entire day at the Chunky Monkey. We took advantage of the snorkeling which was amazing. Fernando speaks wonderful English and gives great information about the area. We definitely will be back!

The beach is great and there is good snorkeling from there. Reasonably priced drinks and food.

Susie Jones

Published 235 days ago

Fernando arranged for the boat to pick me up infront of the bar, amazing variety of fish at the reef & they even send you photos of you snorkelling after! Couldn’t ask for more!

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