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At the northern fringe of the mighty Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (the Great Mayan Reef) and host to globally significant concentrations of such marine megafauna as whale sharks, sailfish, and eagle rays, Isla Mujeres ranks as one of the best places anywhere to don snorkel gear and dip below the sea.

As a guest of ours at Privilege Aluxes, you’re well positioned to take advantage of our snorkel-friendly Caribbean waters. A number of local companies offer snorkeling and diving tours: awesome opportunities for a guided introduction to the wonders of Isla Mujeres’s marine realm. Here are a few options!

Pocna Dive Center

The Pocna Dive Center leads some fantastic diving and snorkeling trips all year round. Among the sites Pocna visits is the famous Museo Subaquático de Arte (MUSA), aka the Cancun Underwater Museum: a submerged sculpture garden that ranks among the Mexican Caribbean’s premier sights, and much of which is accessible to snorkelers. Other snorkeling opportunities with Pocna await on the Manchones Reef, which helps form the northern frontier of the Great Mayan Reef—the greatest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

In summer, Pocna gives you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel among the whale sharks that gather in our waters this time of year in epic numbers.

If you’re interested in scuba diving, meanwhile, the Pocna Dive Center is currently leading dives to the shipwrecks between Isla Mujeres and the Cancun mainland, which this time of year serve as hotspots for spectacular aggregations of spotted eagle rays.

Garrafon Natural Reef Park

Garrafon Natural Reef Park on the southern portion of Isla Mujeres ranks among the premier adventure spots on the island. Along with a bevy of terrestrial attractions—including zipline courses, bike tours, and poolside R&R—Garrafon offers easy, beginner-friendly snorkeling at the reef just offshore. The calm, shallow waters and proximity to shore make this snorkeling accessible even to those who can’t swim: Outfitted with a life jacket, snorkel, and mask, you can simply drift about enjoying the underwater show.

Casa del Buceo

Along with a host of scuba-diving opportunities, the Casa del Buceo dive center on Isla Mujeres also has much to offer the snorkeler, including some fantastic reef explorations at Manchones, Carbonera, and El Farito. Like Pocna, Casa del Buceo also leads snorkeling tours during whale-shark season, putting you in the water up close with the world’s largest fish—which are, mind you, completely harmless filter-feeders.

Enjoy World-Class Snorkeling on Isla Mujeres With Privilege Aluxes

From summertime encounters with gargantuan plankton-eating sharks to year-round explorations of life-filled coral gardens, take advantage of some of the best snorkeling in the world on your next resort getaway to Privilege Aluxes on Isla Mujeres!