A rainbow of tropical fish, coral, anemones, sponges, starfish and many more species await you in the aquatic parks of Xel-Ha and Xcaret, in Playa del Carmen, in the Riviera Maya. In Xcaret Park, unique in America, you will be able to dive to the depths of the Caribbean and see over 5,000 marine organisms and 500 species, all of which coexists in multicolored gardens, in tanks fed directly by the waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Xel-Ha, on the other hand, is the largest natural aquarium in the world and consists of fresh water from underground rivers which empties into a cove where it blends with the salt water of the ocean. This combination creates a unique environment where both, fresh water and salt water fish, come together in an underwater paradise.
What will you be able to see?
Because some of the ecosystems you will be able to admire in Xcaret are so complex and delicate, few aquariums in the world have been able to recreate them. Look closely at an angel fish or a parrot fish swimming around colorful corals and moray eels; sea cucumbers, sting rays and lobsters. Don’t miss the turtle exhibit where you will be able to see examples of green and loggerhead turtles swimming in a natural lagoon. Participate in interactive exhibits where you will be able to touch some of the species living among reefs. Finally take a stroll around the shark tank o have your picture taken next to smiling dolphins.
Further south in the Riviera Maya, you will find the Xel-Ha park, in whose cove live hundreds of tropical fish and over 90 marine species; a true natural aquarium, one of a kind, where you can go swimming and snorkeling. In this park you can also swim with dolphins and watch them underwater; swim with manatees and feed them while experts help you learn more about this endangered species which is safeguarded in Xel-Ha.
What you should know
If you are still not excited, don’t forget that in Xel-Ha park you will also be able to swim with dolphins, touch them, pet them and share fun times with them. If you dare, you will be able to dive and learn about their habitat. In fact, if you are wearing the right equipment, you can take a fantastic marine walk where you will be able to see up close the life and beauty of the seabed. You can also participate in snuba, a type of cross between diving and snorkeling, to explore the cove or a cenote (sinkhole). Immerse yourself and enjoy the aquatic fauna and vegetation in the Mexican Caribbean. The snuba equipment in Xel-Ha will allow you freedom of movement and ease of breathing under water, as this system facilitates the activity by placing the compressed air tanks on a raft. You don’t need to know how to dive o even know how to swim! Immerse yourself with experts who will be helping you every step of the way while you watch hundreds of tropical fish, nothing beats this experience.