What to do in Mahahual – Snorkeling
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef
In front of our hotel lies the second largest barrier reef in the world named “The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef”. The Mesoamerican Reef stretches more than 1000 kilometers along the coasts of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. Some of the species that live around the reef are endangered or under some degree of protection, for example: Sea turtles, Conch, Lobster, Manatee, Grouper and black coral.
Snorkeling at the reef
The distance from the shore to the reef is about 400 meters. If you want to go snorkeling you have 2 options. You can either swim there or take the kayak with a rope attached to it. Close to our shore the water is very shallow. There is some seagrass, a breading place for lots of tropical fish. Although there is no coral, while snorkeling you often will see lots of small fishes. Several times I have even seen baby sting rays sleeping just 10 meters from our shore.
Maximum depth of the clear water before the reef is 3 meters. Once you arrived at the reef, you can just drag the kayak with you while snorkeling, it will float behind you. It takes at least 20 minutes to swim to the reef.
For children who want to learn to snorkel, we have an excelent place near our hotel. On the other side of the Rio Bermejo there are large coral formations attached to the shore. Its kind of a “reef in miniature“. Because it is so shallow, kids can easily get used to their snorkel gear. Its only a 5 minute walk from Maya Luna.
We can also arrange a snorkel tour by boat or catamaran. The guide will take you during a one or one and a half hour snorkel tour to 1 or 2 beautifull spots in front of the Costa Maya.