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Puerto Morelos is a pretty sleepy town with part of the reef rewarded the status of a National Marine Park.

Name Dive Site:Puerto Morelos
Depth: 20-40m (65-131ft)
Inserted/Added by: lars, © Author: Lars Hemel

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The reef in front of the charming village Puerto Morelos is designated a National Marine Park providing this town with excellent scuba diving and some of the richest habitats of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Besides the reef, which is between 500 and 1000 meters from shore, there are also many mangroves which add a wide diversity of birds to the already extraordinary wildlife. There are jungle tours, canopy walks and several water attraction parks nearby. Those interested in animals should visit Crococun Crocodile Zoo, the Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín Botanical Garden or the Jardin Botanica just outside town with its colony of spider monkeys. This once sleepy fishing town lies in between Playa del Carmen and Cancun and is easily traveled by buses. Hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants popup along the shore continuously, reserving adequate space for when tourism starts really flourishing here.

You can book night snorkeling trips, fishing tours and trips to excellent diving just offshore. Inland you can dive some of Yucatan's cenotes, which are actually collapsed caves, today flooded with sweet and salt water, making it possible to dive at underwater stalagmites and stalactites. Dive boats can be found near the fishing pier in front of the zocalo and central beach. One of the most popular wrecks is the navy boat C-56, encrusted in coral and the stage for large predators, located in transparent waters. The reef, caves and crevices are inhabited with crabs and lobsters; turtles, eagle rays, nurse sharks, stingrays and plenty of the common coral fish are among the other creatures inhabiting this reefs.

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