There are millions of reasons – both on land and under water – to visit Playa del Carmen! While snorkeling off our shores, you’re bound to see spectacular creatures of all shapes and sizes.
During the summer months, the Riviera Maya is graced with the presence of oceanic giants – whale sharks. You can swim with these mesmerizing creatures from June until August. On your snorkeling journey, you may run into countless other remarkable species.
Whale Shark – Rhincodon Typus
Swimming with Whale Sharks is a once in a lifetime opportunity! These massive creatures can grow up to 60 feet long. That’s the length of 4 Toyota Priuses!
Portuguese Man of War Jellyfish – Physalia Physalis
The Portuguese Man of War Jellyfish has tentacles up to 165ft long. That’s approximately 4 school buses!
Blue Marlin – Makaira Nigricans
The adult Blue Marlin weighs nearly 400 pounds!
Great Barracuda – Sphyraena Barracuda
Great Barracuda can swim 36mph – faster than the fastest human can run!
Mahi-Mahi – Coryphaena Hippurus
Mahi-Mahi, also called “Dorado” by the locals, can produce 1 million eggs per spawning cycle!
Manta Ray – Manta Alfredi
Manta Rays can grow up to 23 feet wide. That’s the same length as 4 divers!
Leatherback Sea Turtle – Dermochelys Coriacea
Approximately 7 feet long, the Leatherback Sea Turtles weighs 2,000 pounds. That’s 10 refrigerators!
Nurse Shark – Ginglymostoma Cirratum
Nurse Sharks can grow up to 10 ft!
Green Moray Eel – Gymnothorax Funebris
The Green Moray Eel is actually brown! Its namesake actually comes from a mucus that covers its body.
Queen Conch – Lobatus Gigas
These iconic shells have an estimated lifespan of up to 40 years and can grow to be up to a foot long!
The Great Maya Reef – Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System
The second largest reef structure on the planet, this reef is home to 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusks and over 500 species of fish!