We were given free snorkeling equipment to use in a sheltered reef area along the coast at Xpu-Ha. It was a great experience to float lazily along and have such a clear view of the many types and colours of fish swimming so close by. May have to do more of this! Later, we relaxed on the main beach at Xpu-Ha before boarding the bus for the return journey.
On our way back from Tulum, we had about a 4-hour stop at the Xpu-Ha Palace Resort. This is an ecological-themed resort with thatched roof buildings spread out over a wide area of jungle - connected by a network of trails (see the opening photo for my Cancun page). We enjoyed a great buffet lunch with drinks on arrival and then were free to "do our thing" for a few hours.
Xel-Ha is located on the eastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula, 75 miles south of Cancun. Its 22 acres of lagoons, coves and inlets carved into the surrounding limestone make Xel-Ha a popular snorkeling destination, and is often combined with a trip to the Mayan city of Tulum (which is only about seven miles further south).
In ancient times, Xel-Ha was considered a highly important place for the Mayan. It was a sanctuary, a scared city in which rituals and dances of honor to the different gods of the Mayan mythology took place.
Xel-Ha's easy access to the water makes it a great place for beginning snorkelers. Pathways and viewing platforms allow non-swimmers to take in the sea life below. A nice gift shop, a restaurant, lockers, showers, and restroom facilities are available, as are equipment rentals.
Great snorkeling . . . Natural sinkholes create an ideal atmosphere for snorkeling . . . Exotic parrot fish, angel fish, butterfly fish and over 50 species of aquatic and plant life populate the poolsXel-Ha began as a port . . . Once the largest city on the coast, its influence stretches to the Teotihuacan culture of central Mexico . . . Xel-Ha, meaning 'where the water is born,' is often recognized as a microcosm of natural beauty
You must visit Tulum.Xel-Ha. Tulum is the only walled city the Maya ever built on the Caribbean coast. Xel-Ha translates to where the waters are born. Its a beautiful park where you can explore caves and snorkel
South of Playa there is another eco park called Xel-Ha. One day we decided to go there but to save some money we decided to rent snorkelling gear in Playa instead of in Xel-Ha. When we rented the stuff the guy in the store recommended that we should go to a place called Akumal instead of going to Xel-Ha. The places basically have the same but Xel-Ha is more commercial. So we got on the buss once again and we jumped of at Akumal. When we looked at the map it looked like it would be a short walk from the main beach to the lagoon but it turned out to be like 3 km J. But we reached the inlet/lagoon in the end and it was great. The water wasn't that clear because people were splashing around. But there were fish everywhere. Rocks surrounded the lagoon so there wasn't really a nice place to camp down but we spent most of the time in the water anywhere.
Please visit XEL HA, XCARET, TULUM, those are beautiful places to visit, there you´ll be able to learn a bit more about the mayan culture, those are the most amazing places.
The sight is the best, you can swim with dolphins, you can swim in calm waters, sun bathing, underground rivers where you can dive....
Fantastic snorkelling, dolphins, parrots, iguanas, jump into rivers or cruise lazily down the rivers in a rubber ring. Highly recommended...for snorkelling with big blue fish alone!
In every half an hour dolphins are doin' their show in Xel-Ha. I know that everyone don't like keeping the dolphins captured but if you don't mind that much, then show is worth watching.
Nice way to see some Mexican jungle for a city boys. There is also a natural aquarium where dolphins do their tricks.