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Dive into the Great Mayan Reef

The Great Mayan Reef, the world's second-largest reef barrier, welcomes visitors eager to discover its underwater treasures.

The Great Mayan Reef, also known as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, begins at Cabo Catoche, north of Quintana Roo, bordering the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Its warm waters allow year-round diving. Moreover, you can swim among multicolored fish, sponges, snails, sea urchins, starfish, and other marine creatures.

Another excellent option is Dos Ojos, the world’s second-largest cavern system. Here, you can dive and snorkel to admire its extensive marine diversity.

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Natural Treasure of the Caribbean

The Great Mayan Reef spans over 620 miles in total length, with 186 miles within the Mexican section. 

Sun rays ensure the reef’s crystalline waters maintain suitable temperatures, creating an essential habitat for numerous marine species calling this place home. It stands as a unique marine ecosystem of great significance for species conservation.

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Aquatic Adventures

Its characteristics have made it a popular destination for diving, snorkeling, and other water activities such as paddleboarding, kayaking, or simply swimming.

During this adventure, you might encounter species like:

  • Queen Conch
  • Green Sea Turtle
  • American and Morelet’s Crocodile
  • Loggerhead Turtle
  • Elkhorn Coral
  • Leatherback Turtle
  • Black Coral
  • Hawksbill Turtle
  • Manatee
  • Whale Shark

To fully appreciate these experiences in this magnificent setting, please do not touch the species, avoid using sunscreen, and refrain from discarding waste into the sea. 

Despite its beauty, the reef faces various threats like climate change, ocean acidification, and other factors contributing to habitat degradation.

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Diving in the Great Mayan Reef 

The  activity to fully appreciate the Great Mayan Reef is diving. We suggest experiencing this underwater wonder with certified divers and, if interested, obtaining certification for safe exploration of this unparalleled setting.

Location: Cabo Catoche, Quintana Roo

Water adventures




Cabo Catoche, Quintana Roo, México

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