Go snorkelling or diving at Occidental Cozumel Resort

The amenities at the Occidental Cozumel resort include an on-site dive shop offering diving and snorkelling tours. Put on a t-shirt or long-sleeved rash guard (sunscreen harms the reef) and head out for an excursion that stops at several prime locations along the Palancar Reef. Watch for parrotfish, stingrays and sea turtles as you glide across the surface of the Caribbean.


Swim in the Gran Cenote near Tulum

Natural wonders await you on the mainland, too. Among the regional highlights are the numerous cenotes (deep, freshwater-filled sinkholes). One popular and accessible example is Gran Cenote, just outside the town of Tulum. Arrive early to beat the crowds and swim or snorkel the brilliantly blue and chilly waters. Divers will want to book a tour to go deep into the cenote’s underground caves, considered sacred by the Mayan people of the region.


Visit Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve with Mexico Kan Tours

To go off the beaten path, arrange a tour to the 6,520-square-kilometre Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, south of Tulum Beach. Mexico Kan Tours runs daylong adventures that include snorkelling, swimming and viewing of wildlife such as sea turtles, sea stars, frigate birds, cormorants and pelicans.


[A version of the article appears in the October 2015 edition of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.]