The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest coral reef in the world, runs parallel to the Yucatan Peninsula. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the only reef that is larger. At the National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, the reef is closer to the shore than in other areas of the Riviera Maya, and in , this section of the reef became a protected area.
Snorkeling tours and scuba diving trips are available from several dive shops in the small, seaside town of Puerto Morelos. It's illegal to swim out to the reef from the shore. To protect the reef, all snorkelers and divers must go out to the reef with guides.
Kristin's expert tip : Book a snorkel or dive tour. Individuals are not allowed to swim out to the reef on their own.
You must go with an accredited guide. Cozumel, a snorkel and dive mecca, is an island located approximately 11 miles off the coast of Playa del Carmen and is home to the second largest coral barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.
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Visitors will see both colorful coral and ocean inhabitants. It's important to note that hitting or kicking the reef, even by accident, can damage years of coral growth, so it's very important to be careful and follow all instructions given by your guide.
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Cenote Dos Ojos. Akumal Bay. Every guest is treated as a valued individual,…. Diveshop in the small town of Puerto Morelos, where all the reef dives are done on the second largest reef in the world. Reef diving, cenote diving and snorkeling trips on the reef and to cenotes, and in the right season also snorkeling with whale sharks.
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