Elkhorn Reef Snorkeling

The 23rd most popular snorkel dive spot in Mexico.

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South of Cancun and Playa Carmen, the snorkeling at Elkhorn Reef is good for families and beginners. This shallow, protected destination has water from 20 to 30 feet deep with visibility up to 45 feet. This shore-accessed or boat-accessed snorkeling dive site has nice elkhorn coral formations. During Elkhorn Reef snorkeling, you may encounter grouper, snapper, grunts and gobies.

To reach the snorkeling in Elkhorn Reef by air, you will need to fly into Cancun International Airport (Aeropuerto de Cancun - CUN). Some of the hotels provide shuttle vans or there are shuttle vans to be hired down to Elkhorn Reef. Renting a car to drive around can be hazardous do to the potential for unwarranted police stops resulting in required immediate cash payments. An alternative airport option is to fly into Aeropuerto Internacional de Cozumel (CZM) and take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen. From there, you can take a much shorter shuttle van down to Elkhorn Reef.

Overall, Elkhorn Reef is the 23rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 37 snorkeling dives in Mexico. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Elkhorn Reef including Matanceros, Aquario and Xaac Xico.


Local Contact(s):  Akumal Dive Center (52) 987-59025; Akumal Dive Shop (52)984-8759032.

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Mayan Riviera" from Lawson Wood

Recommended Map:  "Riviera Maya Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Oct. - Apr.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Hidden Beach Resort; El Dorado Seaside Suites

Luxury Loding:  Grand Palladium Colonial Resort

Article Source:   Best Elkhorn Reef Snorkeling Review https://www.snorkelingdives.com/?id=24798

GPS:  20.450835, -87.272731

Date Published:  1/27/2012

Date Updated:  8/2/2016

ID:  24798

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