Cancun - Activities - Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

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Fodor's Review:Scuba Diving and SnorkelingThe snorkeling is best at Punta Ni

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Cancun - Activities - Scuba Diving and SnorkelingFodor's Review:Scuba Diving and SnorkelingThe snorkeling is best at Punta Nizuc, Punta Cancn, and Playa Tortugas, although you should becareful of the strong currents at Tortugas. You can rent gear for about $10 per day from many of thediving places as well as at many hotels.Scuba diving is popular in Cancn, though it's not as spectacular as in Cozumel. Look for a scubacompany that will give you lots of personal attention. (Smaller companies are often better at thisthan larger ones). Regardless, ask to meet the dive master, and check the equipment andcertifications thoroughly. A few words of caution about one-hour courses that many resorts offer forfree: such courses do not prepare you to dive in the open ocean--only in shallow water where youcan easily surface without danger. If you've caught the scuba bug and want to take deep or boatdives, prepare yourself properly by investing in a full certification course.Aqua Fun. Aqua Fun offers a two-hour tour of the mangroves that costs $66 per person andincludes snorkeling at the Punta Nizuc reef. Daily tours take place at 9 am, noon, and 3 pm.Reservations must be made in advance. Blvd. Kukulcn, Km 16.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancn,Quintana Roo, 77500. PHONE: 998/885-2930. aquafun.com.mx.AquaWorld. AquaWorld has a day-trip snorkeling excursion to Isla Mujeres for $77 per person.This operation also offers one-tank dives for $72 and two-tank dives starting at $77, as well as divetrip to MUSA the underwater museum. Dive explorations of boat wrecks cost $85, and three-daydive packages cost $266. Blvd. Kukulcn, Km 15.2, Zona Hotelera, Cancn, Quintana Roo, 77500.PHONE: 998/848-8327. www.aquaworld.com.mx.Marina Barracuda. Sightseeing andsnorkeling starts at $80 per hour (for 5people) and includes snorkelingequipment, life jackets, and refreshments.Blvd. Kukulcn, Km 14, Zona Hotelera,Cancn, Quintana Roo, 77500. PHONE:998/885-2444.www.marinabarracuda.com.Marina Punta del Este. Located right infront of the Grand Park Royal CancnCaribe, Marina Pinta del Este has divesthat last from 3 to 4 hours and cost $72if you are certified or $88 if you need alesson. Wreck dives are $79. Daily lessons begin at 9 am and 1 pm. Blvd. Kukulcn, Km 10.3, ZonaHotelera, Cancn, Quintana Roo, 77500. PHONE: 998/883-1210. www.puntaestemarina.com.Scuba Cancn. Scuba Cancn specializes in diving trips and offers NAUI, CMAS, and PADIinstruction. It's operated by Toms Hurtado, who has more than 60 years of experience. Two-tankdives start at $68, one-tank dives start at $54, and they take place in the afternoons. Blvd.Kukulcn, Km 5, Zona Hotelera, Cancn, Quintana Roo, 77500. PHONE: 998/849-7508.www.scubacancun.com.mx.Solo Buceo. Solo Buceo charges $55 for one-tank dives, $70 for two-tank dives, and $90 fortwilight diving every Tuesday and Thursday. They also have NAUI, FMAS, CMAS, and PADIinstruction (lessons run $90-$240). Blvd. Kukulcn, Km 9.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancn, Quintana Roo,77500. PHONE: 998/883-8979. www.solobuceo.com.http://www.foxnews.com/travel/vacations/canc%C3%BAn/activities/info/scuba-diving-and-snorkeling/

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