600 meters off the coast of Puerto Morelos is the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Beginning at its northernmost point in Cancun, it stretches south-east along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras for 965 km (600 miles.)
The entire area near Puerto Morelos is a locally cherished National Park that is home to some of the most beautiful fish, coral and marine wildlife on Earth, waiting for you to see.
But there are a few rules...
- Only visit the reef with a licensed guide and park admission wrist bracelet
- Do not touch the coral in any way, even the slightest touch will cause damage
- Wear a life vest when snorkeling to prevent damage to the coral
- Maintain a horizontal position while swimming or snorkeling near the coral
- Use Red marker buoys to indicate your presence to watercraft
- Move slowly and remain in control of your movements
- Do not touch, handle, chase or feed marine life
- Do not take anything, living or dead, from the sea
- Do not use jet skis, parasails or motorized recreational equipment in the park or near the reef
- Report any activity that violates these rules