In Puerto Morelos, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is closer to the shore than in other areas of the Riviera Maya. Snorkeling tours and scuba diving trips are available from the dive shops and local guides on the main pier.
Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems. They teem with life, with perhaps one quarter of all ocean species depending on coral for food and shelter. This is a remarkable statistic considering that reefs cover just a tiny fraction (less than one percent) of Earth’s surface and less than two percent of the ocean bottom. Because they are so diverse, coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea.
The Puerto Morelos reef and dive sites are unspoiled, beautiful, and thriving with sea life. On a typical dive you can expect to see hundreds of varieties of fish along with barracudas, turtles, eels, rays and occasionally a nurse shark or two. Jerry’s daughter, Joni, heads to Puerto Morelos twice a year with her friends to enjoy the splendor of the sea.