Coral Reef in Cancun

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5 Amazing Coral Reef Spots in Cancun

A party full of colors, structure and marine flora and fauna diversity is what we get from the most amazing natural creations of the ocean: the coral reefs in Cancun & Riviera Maya. 

A coral reef is an underwater structure formed by the skeletons of colonial marine invertebrates, also called corals. Here, not only will you see vibrant and colorful fish and other sea animals, but you will also find beautiful marine plants. They may look and feel like they are just rocks, actually, coral is a very fragile animal who provides nourishment and oxygen for marine wildlife. 

The Mexican Caribbean has a great variety of coral reef spots in Cancun & the Mayan Riviera all along the coast. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is the oldest on our planet, the second largest in the world and the largest. So, it’s really a show you shouldn’t miss. Keep reading to discover 5 amazing coral reef spots in Cancun.

Punta Nizuc Reef

This spot features pristine clear waters and expansive coral reefs in Cancun. It is home to more than 230 species of algae and seagrass, abundance of colorful fish, and outstanding marine species like turtles and manatees. It is surrounded by jungle, mangroves and different species of coastal vegetation. It is an excellent area for diving and snorkeling in Cancun for both beginners and experienced divers. Also, as a plus you can find a sculpture from the Underwater Museum of Art. 

Manchones Reef

This beautiful spot is a protected reef on the southern end of Isla Mujeres, 14 kilometers away from Cancun. It is one kilometer long and approximately 10 meters deep. It is excellent if you want to go diving or snorkeling in Cancun, especially for beginners. In its coral formations you will be able to appreciate uncountable colored fish, seashells, rays and a great diversity of underwater life.

Coast West National Park

Explore this fabulous protected natural area with unbelievable turquoise, crystal-clear waters. Here, you will be able to admire abundant coral reefs, and even an underwater museum! In the park you will see colorful fish, mangroves, seagrass and corals. You can practice scuba diving, go kayaking, sail away on a private boat, observe wildlife, witness bird migration, and much more.

Banderas Reef

To the south of Manchones Reef in Cancun we can find Banderas, a coral reef spot popular among more experienced divers. It is twelve meters deep, so you will see an impressive variety of marine species, including moray eels, large crabs, lobsters, angel fish, schools of barracuda, and elk-horn coral, marine sponges, mollusks, anemones and various crustaceans. We guarantee a fascinating, fun-filled underwater adventure.

El Meco Reef

Located in the north of Cancun, El Meco Reef is a coral formation that recently has gained popularity, due to the Mayan Archeological site. This coral reef in Cancun has only 8-12 feet depth, warm water, and few or non-sea currents. With plenty of coral and playful fish schools, this is one of the best spots to enjoy snorkeling in Cancun itself. 

Thus, if you are planning on going snorkeling in Cancun, check with your captain to go to these amazing coral reef spots and tell us everything about it. 

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Isla Mujeres aerial view with a catamaran on the north side of the island