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Cancun Watersports

Cancun Mexico Water Sports

Cancun is one of the watersports capitals of the world, and, with the Caribbean on one side of the island and the still waters of Laguna Nichupte on the other, it's no wonder. The most popular activities are snorkeling and diving along the coral reef just off the coast, where schools of colorful tropical fish and other marine creatures live. If you want to view the mysterious underwater world but don't want to get your feet wet, a glass-bottom boat or "submarine" is the ticket. You can also fish, sail, jet ski, parasail, or windsurf. If you prefer your water chlorinated, lots of hotels also have gorgeous pools.

Cancun Diving & Snorkeling

If you are a diver then chances are the Great Maya Reef may very well be the focus of your trip. This ancient reef was directly responsible for settlements that rose along its shores. Trade routes were established that helped fuel the Mayan's economy. When the Spaniards arrived the reef became the seagate for the Conquistadors and sanctuary for pirates and buccaneers. From colonial times to this day, it is responsible for thousands of shipwrecks that now lay scattered along its coral tentacles.

The Great Maya Reef is not one single barrier reef but a chain of shallow patch reefs, drop offs and coral gardens. It is also home to a weave of coast-hugging sandbanks, fringing reefs, islets and coral atolls. The whole myriad stretches from the tip of Yucatan 600 miles southward to the Bay of Honduras.

There are more than 500 species of fish and 4 species of sea turtles to be found in the reef. There are 72 dive sites between Punta Maroma and Tulum providing divers with numerous reef formations, giant coral buttresses deep walls and shallow plateaus. Diving Cozumel and the Maya Riviera will produce several different dive experiences.

Most divers prefer to go straight to Cozumel and set up base-camp there. Others prefer to stay on the mainland and travel up the coast diving here and there. You can stay in Cancun and dive at Cozumel if you wish.

There are dive centers all along the coast and you can stay anywhere and find tanks and a boat to take you out. Many of the dive centers employ Europeans and Americans, so English is spoken quite often.

From Cancun to Tulum there are numerous resorts, cabanas at the beach and small hotels. Many resorts have dive centers and most if not all beaches have a local dive center and boat. After Tulum there is not much except Punta Allen until you get to Majahaul where you will find the Chinchorro Reefs. Beyond Majahaul is Xcalak then you are in Belize.

In Majahaul there is a reputable dive center at Maya Ha resort which is a nice place to stay and close to Majahual town.

The El Garrafon Submarine National Park is located on the southern tip of Isla Mujeres. You can dive freely at this beautiful coral reef rich in marine fauna and multicolored tropical fish.

TIP: When you dive be sure to check with your dive operator to know if they are affiliated with a Chamber Service. Typically each diver pays $1 dollar per day to have full coverage against diving accidents. A form is completed and you sign it. Do not assume you are covered. BE SURE!

Cancun Diving Tours and Rentals

Aquaworld
Cancun Hotel Zone in front of Melia Cancun. Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Parasailing, Dinner Cruise Full service Marina and Boutique. Dive Shop and Deep Dive Pool.
Lemon Divers

Cancun Hotel Zone at Hotel Las Perlas

Scuba Diving Classes and Trips Boat located on the dock at Marina Las Perlas
Mundo Marino
Cancun Hotel Zone in front of Gran Caribe RIU next to Shrimp Bucket Scuba Diving & Deep Sea Fishing Full Service Marina
Nautalis Divers
Cancun Hotel Zone on the beach at Villas Tacul Scuba Diving Courses & Diving Diving Services Only
Scuba Cancun
Cancun Hotel Zone on the Lagoon across from Casa Maya and Vacation Club International Scuba Diving Course and Dive Trips Dive Pool & Boarding Marina on the Lagoon
Solo Buceo
Cancun Hotel Zone at Playa Linda Scuba Diving No Marina

Cancun Surfing & Windsurfing

The best waves for surfing can be found at Bahía de las Mujeres and in the Caribbean Sea. The Canto Hotel also has the necessary wave conditions for great surfing.

Cancun Watersports Tours and Rentals

Aquaworld's Jungle Tour allows you to drive your own boat through mangroves and explore the coral reef. Aquaworld also offers diving, a "sub-see" submarine explorer and double-seater para-chairs. Aquaworld is located at km 15.2 on Kukulcan blvd.

AquaFun - Aquafun´s "Jungle Tours" is one of the most popular services enjoyed by visitors on the island offering an awesome perspective of Cancun from the water with all the fun ingredients. Aquafun is Located in the heart of Cancun’s "L" shaped island at Km 16.2 on the Hotel Zone.Aquafun´s facilities are conceived as a "one stop place" for water sports enthusiasts and convenient visitors supply center offering a foodcourt, car rentals,money exchange, pharmacy,convenience mini mart, lagoon side garden, pool & bar, plus spectacular sunset views.

Cancun AquaSports - Want to snorkel the largest reef in the western hemisphere? Want to do some diving in Cancun or the world famous cenotes in the Mayan Riviera? Pilot your own boat through the mangrove jungle. Online reservations for fishing, diving, snorkeling, and all types of water sports and aquatic tours in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and surrounding islands. Contact Us By Phone:  +(52) (998) 898-4312, +(52)(998) 887-8069

Parque Nizuc [Wet' Wild] is a marine park at the southern end of Cancun's Hotel Zone. Here you can snorkel, try the various waterslides and swim in a wave pool.

Rancho Loma Bonita
Horseback ride through the jungle mangroves, lakes and the Caribbean Sea. You can also ride a 4-wheeler, snorkel, bicycle or kayak around lagoons or swim in the pool. There is also a restaurant. Located at km 45 on the Cancun-Tulum highway.

Isla Mujeres
The Island of Women is located 11 km off the coast of Cancun and is known for its relaxed tropical setting and turquoise blue, bathtub warm water. Ferries leave from five points of isla Cancun. You can catch ferries at Punta Sam, Puerto Juarez, Playa Linda Terminal, Playa Tortugas and the Club Nautico Dock. Bicycles and Mopeds can be rented on the island. Taxis are available and there is an infrequent local bus service.

Bluewater Adventures
Is the perfect place to book any type of adventure you want. From Jungle Adventures, Sunset Adventure, Snorkel Adventure, Glass Bottom Adventure, Private Yacht Charter, Fishing Adventures, Reef Adventure, Scuba Adventure, Fast Cat Adventure and Island Adventure.

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