Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres


If you are on vacation in Isla Mujeres, you’re probably wondering where to snorkel, right? Let's face it, we all want to know what that blue sea hides. There are many different ways you can see the deep sea, but what is snorkeling specifically? It’s basically swimming using very big goggles that cover your nose, while breathing through a tube that points upwards (therefore, you’re breathing the air from outside), unlike scuba diving in which you breathe air from a tank. Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres is an activity accessible to people of all ages, as it is pretty simple and can be done in deep or shallow waters. Isla Mujeres snorkeling is usually done in its many beautiful reefs, some of them which include underwater statues.

Best reefs to snorkel in Isla Mujeres:

Manchones Reef: Manchones reef is located just in front of the South Point of Isla Mujeres and is undoubtedly a great place to snorkel. It’s approximately 10 meters deep, so you can also opt to dive here. At the bottom of this reef, you can appreciate different sculptures such as Volkswagen car known as "Bochito" and a wide variety of fish such as stingrays, barracudas, turtles, dolphins or even cat sharks (don’t worry, they don’t bite!). 

“El Farito” Reef: El Farito, the small lighthouse in Spanish, is known by that name because right next to the reef there is an abandoned lighthouse. It is definitely a beautiful place to practice snorkeling, full of marine life and various species of colorful fish. It is a shallow reef, from 3 to 5 meters, so it is a safe place to snorkel. It is the perfect option if you’re traveling with children because there are not many waves and not much swimming skill is required.

Sac Bajo Reef: this reef is the entryway to the Isla Mujeres Canal. The water is calm with many piers, hotels and restaurants. It's a small reef, with no big crowds of people snorkeling, so if you choose to go here you will have quite a peaceful time. It is definitely a hidden gem on the island that you must explore.

El Meco Reef: Between ​​Cancun and Isla Mujeres, just in front of Puerto Juárez Port and Playa Mujeres Beach, is El Meco. With shallow waters, it is a perfect place to practice snorkeling in its reef full of marine life. One of the famous Isla Mujeres Snorkeling statues is here; a lovely sculpture of fingers that you can explore while enjoying the Sea Life around it.


Reef Snorkeling in Isla Mujeres is awesome, but if you want to do something different there are other options such as the Isla Mujeres underwater museum or the sunken ship.

Barco Hundido (Sunken ship): If you are attracted to mysterious stories about shipwrecks, then this is definitely the place for you to snorkel. There are different passageways and a wide variety of fish hanging around the ship, you'll have a fun time exploring the wildlife that surrounds it. If you like adventure and want to live a unique experience, do not miss the opportunity to visit this amazing place.

MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art): If you enjoy adventure and exploring, then snorkeling in Isla Mujeres Underwater Museum is definitely for you. The museum seeks to demonstrate the coexistence of art and environmental sciences, since over time, marine life has found refuge in these pieces. The museum pieces have turned into a set of artificial reefs. The sculptures are fixed to the bottom of the sea and are made of a special marine concrete that facilitates the creation of corals on its surface. It’s a beautiful and enriching experience for those interested in learning a bit more from their snorkeling adventure.

Whatever Isla Mujeres Snorkeling Tour you opt for, whether it be Isla Mujeres Reef snorkeling, underwater statue gazing, going to the Isla Mujeres Underwater Museum or sunken ship, we are sure you’ll have a great time. Isla Mujeres is full of beautiful natural attractions that can’t be missed if you’re there.