POCNA DIVE CENTER
SEASON: All Year
CAPACITY: 8 Guest *Max Per Boat
DURATION: 4 Hours
SERVICE: Everyday 7AM & 12:45PM
FOOD: Fruit & Water
PREREQUISITES: No Experience Required
LOCATION: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
MEET UP: POCNA Dive Center Offices
It’s not just divers who can explore the two most popular marine sites on Isla Mujeres, snorkellers can visit the underwater museum (MUSA) and Manchones reef too. The Underwater Museum is an incredible sight to behold – a creative arrangement of sculptures that have become living works of art. Over the years corals have started to grow on the sculptures creating a habitat for a wonderful array of marine life. Crystal clear turquoise waters, very little current, amazing visibility, at about 29c in a max depth of 8.5 m make the conditions perfect for a snorkel tour. So too does the beautiful natural reef site of Manchones. Among beautiful and shallow soft corals you can expect to see a host of tropical reef fish, crustaceans, green and hawksbill turtles, stingrays and much more.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TRIP
Mask, fins, snorkel, lifejacket.
English/Spanish speaking snorkel guides, fruit and water on the boat, entrance to the national park.
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING?
Towel, camera, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, we ask that you do not wear your own sunscreen in order to protect the reef – you will be given the option to use some of our reef-safe sunscreen before you head out on the boat.
WHAT IS THE TRIP LIKE
This tour meets at Pocna Dive Center office, where you will be greeted by a member of our friendly staff. Here we will give you the opportunity to try on your fins, mask, and lifejacket for size before we head to the boat. Our dock is just a short walk from the dive center (your equipment is transported to the dock for you). Our boat captain and staff will assist you onto our boat and from here we will head out across the crystal clear bay of Isla Mujeres. You will be able to see some of the interesting sites of both Isla Mujeres and Cancun on the ride out to the reef. Once at the first site of MUSA, we will be spending approximately 45 minutes snorkeling around the shallowest parts of the museum. Next, you will return to the boat for a short break with refreshments before we head to the second site of Manchones. Here we will also spend 45 minutes in the water. Once you have finished the second snorkel, it will be a 20-minute boat ride back to the dock.
- Frequently Asked Questions -
Q. Do I need to be a strong swimmer?
A. It is not compulsory to have a swimming experience to join this tour. All participants will be provided with life jackets to keep them buoyant and will be guided at a manageable pace by our snorkel guide. Should you become tired and wish to get back on the boat at any point, our guide will signal to the boat captain and you will be able to exit the water.
Q. What is the minimum age to join this tour?
A. There is no minimum age to join this tour however those under the age of 14 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Q. I am worried I will get sunburned. What can I do to avoid this?
A. It is much more likely that you will catch sun rays when snorkeling on the surface as opposed to diving underwater, and the sun in this part of Mexico is very strong. In order to minimize the impact while snorkeling you can take the following measures: wear a rash guard and/or leggings/long pants to cover the skin, use the reef-safe sunscreen that will be made available to you at the dive center, choose to sit in the covered/shady area of our boat, drink plenty of water before and after to keep yourself hydrated.
Q. Can I wear a full-face snorkel?
A. If you own a full-face snorkel and wish to use it on this tour, we invite you to do so. However, full-face snorkels are not provided as part of our standard equipment.
Q. What if the weather is bad?
A. In high winds and/or heavy rain we will probably choose to cancel the tour for your own safety. You will have the option in this case to take a full refund or re-book the tour for another day.
Fun Fact To Know: Mexico has the 2nd largest coral reef in the world.