Are you planning a vacation to Playa del Carmen? Lucky you! You’ll be within scuba-distance of the second-largest reef on the planet — the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, also called the Great Mayan Reef. This amazing underwater system of coral, marine plants and aquatic life has drawn millions of visitors across the globe and is one of the reasons ancient Mayan civilizations were able to flourish.
The Great Mayan Reef spans hundreds of miles, from the central coast of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands of Honduras. When you stay at Playa Palms Beach Hotel, you’re only a short drive and boat trip to some of the world’s best scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing.
Coral reefs are one of Mother Nature’s most fragile ecosystems. As a trip to the Great Mayan Reef will show you, coral beds are actually huge colonies of anemone-like animals that excrete a calcium carbonate exoskeleton. These colonies grow and evolve over thousands of years. Along the way, countless species of algae, plant life and other organisms develop, creating a feast for a myriad of aquatic life. In addition to all of the sea life that coral reefs support, they are also essential for protecting shorelines from erosion, strong currents and hurricanes. Protecting these amazing habitats is critical to the life and safety of those of us on shore.
Whether you’re a first-time snorkeler or scuba diver or a seasoned veteran, you’ll appreciate the incredible biodiversity found in the Great Mayan Reef. In addition to the beautiful colors and shape variations of the coral, you’ll be able to swim with 500 species of fish, including sharks and four species of sea turtles. It’s sure to be a scuba or snorkeling adventure you won’t soon forget!
Are you interesting in checking out the Great Mayan Reef on your next vacation? Book your stay with Playa Palms, and we’ll make it happen.