The reefs girdling Cozumel’s west coast and southern tip are world-famous in scuba circles but the island offers plenty of spectacular snorkeling spots too and is just a short boat ride from the Riviera Maya . Start with snorkeling in Chankanaab Park and book trips to other shallow water reefs.
The simple answer is no – the Great Barrier Reef is not dangerous . Full of life with beautiful marine animals and plants, it’s a safe place to visit and is one of the most unforgettable marine destinations in the world!
A: It is safe to swim all year round in Cairns, Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef but it is highly recommended that you wear a lycra suit when entering the water in the warmer months of November-April.
Cancun , Mexico is home to the Great Mayan Reef. The coastal waters of Cancun offer some of the best snorkeling anywhere on Earth. You can swim out right from your hotel beach to snorkel , but you are likely to see more of the sea floor than sea life.
Puerto Morelos is at the heart of Riviera Maya, half way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It is not allowed to snorkel Puerto Morelos reef freely from the shore anymore. There are only two options to explore this spot: By taking a one – or two-hour snorkeling tour with a guide.
Species of shark found on the Great Barrier Reef include white and black tip reef sharks , leopard sharks , wobbegongs, epaulette sharks and grey whalers. In theory, there are no Great White Sharks on the Great Barrier Reef . It’s too warm for them as they’re a cold water fish.
Crocodile Information They are typically found in waterways, rivers, estuaries and swamps and on occasion in beaches and islands in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. The advice is clear: obey crocodile warning signs at beaches, creeks, rivers and estuaries.
There are a couple of other sharks that inhabit the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef that can potentially be more of a threat to humans but are not commonly encountered. These are the Tiger Shark, a larger grey shark with tiger -like markings on the side of its body.
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While in the water, even professionals can fall victim to ailments such as cramps , exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia and more. One of the best ways to mitigate the dangers of snorkeling is to go with others. Having at least one other person with you can make all the difference in an emergency situation.
While Port Douglas doesn’t have as many high paced adrenaline activities, it is still a great place to explore the reef . Port Douglas is actually closer to the outer reef than Cairns offering snorkelling, scuba diving and boating tours.
The best time to visit the Great Barrier Reef is from June to October. This peak season offers some key advantages for travelers. Temperatures hover in the low 60s to mid-80s, and rainfall is uncommon, which means clearer waters and better diving conditions.