Snorkelling in Puerto Morelos | Mexico


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Puerto Morelos Snorkelling Tour in Mexico

We learnt about the reef and snorkelling in Puerto Morelos soon after arriving in the village
. It was instantly added to our list of things to do. After all, there was no way we could live in Puerto Morelos for six weeks and miss out on that.

At first, we hoped to snorkel in Puerto Morelos from the shore independently but it seemed it was prohibited due to the reefs protected status. The only way to snorkel the reef was with an accredited guide and always wearing a life jacket or snorkel vest. After looking at several tours to take us to snorkel the reef (both with agencies in town and independent guides on the beach) we decided to take a Classic Reef Tour with Wet Set Diving Adventures.
 

Reef Snorkel in Puerto Morelos

Wet Set Diving Adventures in Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Wet Set Diving Adventures is owned by Canadians, Stafford and Jewal. It’s the longest standing, most popular and highly rated dive and snorkel tour company in Puerto Morelos. The tour company was set up in 1997 just before the reef became protected. It was the first ever PADI dive shop in the village and has held the TripAdvisor top position for ‘things to do’ in Puerto Morelos since 2012.

All the Wet Set Diving Adventure team are trained and certified in diving, snorkelling and the appropriate safety precautions; they are also educated in low-impact tourism. Wet Set is an ethical, eco-friendly tour operator that strives to have as little environmental impact as possible.

Meeting the Puerto Morelos Snorkel Guides and Getting Kitted Up

Puerto Morelos snorkel and dive tours with Wet Set start at their shop which is located on a side street just two minutes from the beach. The tours have a prompt start so we arrived a few minutes early to meet our two guides and the rest of the small group on the tour – eight of us. After completing a short disclaimer form, we were given a bottle of water and kitted out with fins, life jacket, mask and snorkel. We were also given the opportunity to rinse off any insect repellent and sunscreen as it can be very damaging to the reef. You really don’t want to get sunburnt so it’s a good idea to use biodegradable sunscreen if you’re snorkelling on a hot, sunny day. 
If you’d prefer to come armed with your own snorkel gear, then My Favourite Escapes has some great advice on how to choose your own snorkel gear and Dive In recommends best snorkel fins.

 

Puerto Morelos History and Snorkel Briefing

Once we had our snorkel gear and our bags were safely stashed in the dive shop we walked down to the beach, where a motorboat was waiting. It was called Jaguar 2 and was jaguar print, waiting on board were our two captains. The boat bobbed about on the sparkling turquoise sea with a flock of seagulls perched atop of the awning. Not far offshore, we could see the waves breaking over the reef! Eager to get started we paddled to the boat and clambered on board as the seagulls flapped noisily away.
 
One of our English speaking guides told us some history about Puerto Morelos, the reef and the chicle (chewing gum) trade. This was peppered with jokes and ‘pop quizzes’ which kept us laughing and entertained. He gave us a safety briefing and instructions on how to use a mask, snorkel and fins. He also explained how to snorkel responsibly by not touching anything and avoiding damaging the reef with our fins. We’ve snorkelled many times before but this overview was great for the first timers and inexperienced snorkellers in our group and put them at ease. It was was by far the best briefing we’ve ever had on a snorkel tour. Generally, you’re just told to follow your guide and that’s it.

Puerto Morelos Snorkel Time

Shoal of Fish on Snorkelling Tour Near Puerto Morelos
Sea Fern on Puerto Morelos Snorkelling Tour, Mexico

Back at the Puerto Morelos Snorkel Shop

Wet Set Diving Adventures Shop in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Cost of Snorkelling in Puerto Morelos With Wet Set Diving Adventures

The price of snorkelling in Puerto Morelos with Wet Set Diving Adventures depends on which one you do. There are five different tours which you can view the detail of on their website. They range in price from $35 USD (£25 GBP) for the Classic Snorkel Tour that we did all the way to $199 (£142 GBP) for the Whale Shark Snorkelling Tour (July/ August only). The tours aren’t the cheapest you’ll find in Puerto Morelos but they’re still very reasonable. In our opinion, the fantastic tour and customer service you receive is well worth the extra few dollars

We were impressed with our tour snorkelling in Puerto Morelos with Wet Set Diving Adventures and loved every minute of it. The friendly, knowledgeable guides, history and information, safety briefing, high-quality equipment and the wonderful snorkelling made it one of our favourite experiences in Puerto Morelos

Note: After our tour, Wet Set told us that it is possible to snorkel from the beach, but only in a designated roped area, not out on the reef. Whilst this is worth doing if you have time (it’s where we saw the turtle), we’d recommend doing a reef tour first where the snorkelling is even better.
 Puerto Morelos Snorkelling Tour With Wet Set Diving Adventures in Mexico
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Have you been snorkelling in Puerto Morelos on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef or somewhere else nearby? How was your experience and what did you see?
P.S. If you’re looking for more activities to do in or near Puerto Morelos, how about a cenote tour. Read about the Mayan Cenote tour we did via the following link:

Product Review Disclosure: Wet Set Diving Adventures provided us with a complimentary Classic Reef Snorkel Tour. This did not influence my post in any way and as always I’ve provided a balanced and honest review. Read more in our full Product Review Disclosure.

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6 thoughts on “Snorkelling in Puerto Morelos | Mexico

  1. Abby

    I haven’t been snorkeling in ages. Puerto Morelos looks perfect! You’re right! The spotted eagle ray looks almost “pretty”. As long as it didn’t sting. 😉

  2. Hazel

    What an incredible day trip, thanks for sharing it, it absolutely looks worth taking a trip onto the Reef rather than snorkelling off the beach! I loved your photo of the spotted eagle ray, what an amazing shot.

    1. TanyaKorteling Post author

      Thank you – yes it was a great trip. The beach snorkelling was good too, but the reef was excellent!

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