Coral Reefs

The Mesoamerican Reef System is one of the longest coral reefs in the world, second only in overall size to the Great Barrier Reef. Discover more about the fascinating animals that build and live in these "underwater rainforests." 


v20_chinchorro_thumb.jpg Banco Chinchorro

Just thirty kilometers from the sandy shores of southern Quintana Roo lay an aquatic oasis ripe with adventurous appeal.

v26_seven_reasons_pm_thumb.jpg Seven Great Reasons to Visit Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is a great place to spend a few hours. This little fishing village is filled with surprises.

v22_almalibre_thumb.jpg The Meso American Reef

Beginning at the top of the Yucatan Peninsula it stretches through the Caribbean waters of the Mayan Riviera to Belize.

ev_1_alma_mes_reef_t.jpg The Meso American Reef

A look at the second largest reef in the world, right off the shore of the Riviera Maya.

v19_cea_thumb.jpg Mesoamerican Reef Update

Coral reefs are the second most diverse ecosystem

v23_tides_thumb.jpg Tides in a Nutshell

The periodic, predictable rise and fall of the ocean, dubbed tides, has been a point of interest all through man’s history.

ev_5_med_to_go_t.jpg Stings, Bites and Poisoning from Dangerous Marine Animals

What To Avoid And What To Do If You Find Yourself In A Marine Sting Situation

v23_pm_snork_thumb.jpg Snorkeling Capital of the Riviera Maya: Puerto Morelos

Snorkeling is a favorite pastime of the Caribbean vacationer.

v25_sealife_thumb.jpg Interview with Sea Life: Stony Coral

Behind the tough-guy appearance of the Stony Coral lays a fragile living layer.

ev_4_sealife_t.jpg Interview with Sea Life II: The Battle for Space on a Coral Reef

Polly Polyp tells all about what it's like to live on a coral reef.

Challenges Facing Akumal

A dramatic video

evol_5_sealife3_t.jpg Interview with Sealife III: Plankton, What Makes Seawater ALIVE

The Smallest, Yet Quite Possibly The Most Important, Members Of The Marine Community

evol_6_sealife_t.jpg Interview with Sealife IV: Exploring the Rocky Subtidal Community

Try something different for your next snorkel on a calm day.

v21_cea_thumb.jpg What is a Reef Worth?

What might the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System be worth to México?

10 Ways You Can Help Save Our Reef

by Michele Kinnon

evol_6_cea_t.jpg Alive and Diverse

Understanding the coral reef ecosystem is necessary for a healthy future for coastal and marine areas.

Caribbean cushion starfish (Oreaster reticulatus)

f you snorkel anywhere in the Mexican Caribbean from Cozumel to Mahahual you have probably seen it.

coral_reef_8-13.jpg Caribbean Has Lost 80% of Its Coral Reef Cover in Recent Years

Comprehensive survey of the Caribbean's reefs is expected to act as a warning of problems besetting the world's coral

Barbara Eller Company Coming (April 2011)

By Barbara Eller

Red Coral Creating a Demand for Coral Conservation

Addressing international trade of precious corals

Barbara Eller Diving in the Rain

By Barbara Eller

natalie and ivan Experience a New World

Natalie Novak

yibran BARRACUDA.jpg Fish of the Riviera Maya

lionfish_hunt6-barb.jpg Lionfish Hunt Festival

Join the Mahahual lionfish hunt with Barb Eller

natalie and ivan November Dive with Natalie and Jen 2008

science_diver_2-14.jpg Science Diver Package at Hotel Akumal Caribe

Work and vacation at the same time.

Seeing the Sea Is Why I Love Diving

I love it when I jump off the boat and am immersed in a world that is bluer then the bluest sky.

Underseascapes - Coral Reefs of Mexico, November 2009

by Steve Dramstad, AKA Xcalaksteve

Underseascapes - Tropical Fish

Steven Dramsted January 2010

UnderSeaScapes – Cleaning Station

March 2010 Steve Dramstad aka Xcalak Steve

UnderSeaScapes – Octopus

February 2010

Cabanas Tulum



Casa Carolina Xcalak