National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos

National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos

National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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dnblue
Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My husband and I did a half-day snorkeling that included all snorkeling equipment, lunch, and beverages. Our guides were Johnny, Luis, and Bernie- all of them were great. There was a Quebecois couple in our group and Luis spoke Spanish, English, and French, so he was able to give them specific instructions and safety tips. While we were snorkeling we saw tons of different fish, a sting ray, barracuda, and even a sea turtle. When we got back on shore, the lunch was just right- empanadas, rice, beans, and a salad bar, and we were able to go back for seconds. Our transportation back to our hotel was a little bit late, but it gave us time to have a beer in one of the hammocks on the beach. It should be noted though that you can't wear sunscreen because it damages the coral. They had sun shirts and shorts/pants for sale on site and the prices were about equal to what my husband and I would have paid in the States.
Written January 25, 2020
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Nancy N
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Best snorkeling excursion!!! We biked to a small fishing village ( Puerto Morelos ) and hired a 2 man guide with motor boat to take our family to the reef. Our guides were great, went in the water with us. They provided everything we needed: life vests, snorkels, fins... all for 60USD for a group of 5 adults. It was an hour altogether. I would do this again, for sure. The marine life at this reef was so rich and colorful
Written February 6, 2021
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suzannem308
Las Vegas, NV30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The reef is amazing and worth the price to get out there. Shop around though. We were initially quoted $25 and kept walking up and down beach. A vendor by the light house ended up charging us $15. The snorkels are open so you might want to bring your own that that has the shut off valve inside to keep water out. They all say 2 stops and 2 hours. Last year they took us in after one stop and tried to this year until I explained that we paid for two stops and 2 hours. They then honored the agreement, stopping at the second location.
Written January 8, 2020
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Andrea P
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
We booked this through the Marina El Cid resort, but anyone can go to the Marina at the edge of the resort and book this tour, which several people on our tour did. It was a 3 hour tour, on a catamaran. Beautiful ride to the reef area, where we tied off and received snorkel gear. Moved to a tender to get closer to the reef, which is very shallow. We saw tons of fish and marine life. You are literally just inches from the reef and all it has to offer. We snorkeled for about 45 minutes, with our guide, Apollo. Once we reboarded the catamaran, the drinks flowed and the music played. Excellent experience with amazing boat staff.
Written January 17, 2021
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John D
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We took a trip to see the reef and we are so happy we did. The best time to take the trip is in the morning and the way to go is by personal speedboat which is half the fun. Make sure you bring a waterproof camera or a case for your cell phone to get pics and video.
Written February 28, 2020
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Traveler193607
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We took the glass bottom boat to the reef and went snorkeling, it was great the captain let me and another person hold onto the life saver and he led us around the reef and showed us many beautiful things. We made two stops for snorkeling and one to see through the glass bottom, you really don't see much of anything through the glass. But, this tour was for two hours and we all enjoyed ourselves, saw many fish, Sting Ray, Barracuda, It cost $19.00 U.S. and it includes the fee for the reef.
Written February 15, 2020
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Kimberly H
Colorado321 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Wonderful reef to explore! Lots of fish, shark, manta ray, coral. It was great having this so close to town. Juan picked up in his boat in front of the house we were staying in just before 9:00 am. It was only the three of us and another couple. I noticed that some boats had twice as many people as we did. There were only a few other people at the reef when we arrived, so it felt like we had it to ourselves. Juan was an expert, pointing out many things along the way. We were in the water for more than an hour, so we were able to see quite a bit. The water was calm and our 11 year old did great. By the time we were leaving a number of other boats had arrived. I noticed that in the afternoon the reef gets very busy - so go at 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning. There are many people that will take you out. Just by walking through the square in Puerto Morelos, you can find a tour length, size, and price that fits your needs. Our tour was set up by the caretaker of the property we were staying at and we were very happy with Juan.
Written June 9, 2021
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Robert R
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was a great time and our boat and snorkel guides were helpful and congenial. The Gentleman booking our trip at the plaza said we may not see many fish this time of year but we saw many fish and our guide pointed out some lobsters also. We enjoyed it so much we would have gone the next day had we not already had other plans. Great value for the experience.
Written January 6, 2020
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Sydney S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Our experience here was excellent! Geo was our tour guide. He was great!! He made it very fun and an unforgettable experience. Beware!! You cannot wear sunscreen or make up! If you are going during the afternoon session or noon session, I’d cover up because we got burnt pretty bad. When you are in the water almost the whole time, you forget you can even burn. The experience was terrific! There are also no photos allowed. We did not purchase any because we didn’t bring enough money to purchase them.
Written March 24, 2023
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Kevin H
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We were two families with 5 children under 5 years old. Great spot to play in the sand and the water. Also a nice playground close to the main dock! There are good seafood restaurants (El Pesquero was amazing!) and a fun market in the evening in the central square (at least on Saturday). We also really enjoyed the free snorkelling here! The tour was ok, but you are so limited on time and where you can go, we saw just as many species snorkelling where it was free! The tour gives you a higher density of fish and shallower water, but the 30 minutes in each spot (we did two spots) felt very rushed. When you snorkel on your own you can spend as much time as you want viewing the fish! You also have the option of diving down to see things closer (please don't ever touch the reef) where on the tour you don't and life jackets are mandatory.

If you do decide to do a tour we would recommend Marcelo and his boat "Damara". He's located about 100-200 meters from the leaning lighthouse on the beach. Be clear on how much time you want actually in the water as the price depends on how much time you get to swim. I was told we'd have 45 minutes in each spot and it ended up being only 30 minutes per spot. But when I talked to Marcelo afterwards, he gave us the refund so that we only paid the 1 hour swimming (250 pesos) vs the 1.5 hour swimming (300 pesos). Also, go directly onto the beach and talk to Marcelo instead of asking about tours from any of the shacks on the road. We were on the same tour as people who paid 500 pesos (we only paid 250 each). You can also rent chairs and an umbrella from him too! Great spot and quieter/way less crowded than other locations on the beach.
Written March 21, 2023
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