Scuba diving in Mexico I Ediving I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers


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SCUBA DIVING IN MEXICO: Dive Wonders on Every Coast

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Scuba diving in Mexico I Ediving I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers

  2. 2. SCUBA DIVING IN MEXICO: Dive Wonderson Every CoastScuba Diving in Mexico is possible year-round and every season has differenthighlights in it´s over 250 dives spots.Most of the diving in Mexico is done in the Yucatán Peninsula, GreatMesoamerican Barrier Reef begins in Cancún, extending from the YucatánPeninsula to the Bay Islands in Honduras.The Central Pacific region, includes Acapulco, is peppered with great divingsites. The Socorro Islands, known as the “Mexican Galapagos,” are a spectacularliveaboard experience. Cage scuba diving with great white sharks is possible inIsla Guadalupe (with a 125 ft. visibility).The Pacific coast is very different from the Caribbean side.Scuba diving the cenotes, underwater caves filtered with fresh water are aunique experience in Yucatán. 2
  3. 3. COZUMEL, DIVING & MAYA RUINSCozumel is one of the most popular and accessible diving areas in the Caribbean.The Cozumel Marine Park was created in 1996 and hosts 26 types of coral andmany different sub-species.Cozumel has over 25 different types of diving: walls, reef, drift dives. ThePalancar Reef on the south side of the island is part of the national park. You maysee stovepipe sponges and black coral in the deeper part, plus the opportunity tosee big fish.At the Palancar Garden site you may drift dive and sharks are often spotted.Barracuda Point or Barracuda Wall is a great site to watch live coral,eagle rays and 150 ft. visibility, but it´s a technical dive, for advance divers withexperience in drift diving. Take note that currents are rather strong here.Chankanaab National Park has Maya ruins to visit. You can also enjoy dancing inthe town square every Saturday night to live music. Try some of the local food inseveral of the restaurants by the beach. 3
  4. 4. CANCUN, WORLD’S 2nd LARGESTBARRIER REEFCancún is a busy touristy area of Mexico´s Yucatán Peninsula. Probably more fordivers since Cancún is home of the second largest barrier reef in the world. It´shome to more than 150 types of reef fish and almost 100 species of coral.Due to its shallow reefs and very mild currents, Cancún is a perfect place forbeginners and for people who want to learn how to dive. The wreck of the C-53Minesweeper is a fantastic dive site frequented by manta rays. The Ultrafreezewreck is a tug boat sunk to create an artificial reef, it´s a good dive site to seeregeneration of coral.The Chintales Reef is a terrific reef dive, relatively shallow at 32 ft. and with agrand fish population. The Bat Cave is another highlight dive site to see a varietyof underwater formations. Aristos Reef is a beautiful reef on the east side ofCancún, it has excellent visibility and you will spot sharks. 4
  5. 5. Cancún is also the access to the Cenotes, the underwater sink holes. The GreatCenote is another shallow dive site with fantastic underwater formations andcrystal clear visibility. In order to cave dive, you need to take the Cave DiverCourse. Cave diving can be challenging and you need to consider safety always.Cancún is a very popular tourist destination; to make the best of the diving hereyou need to make sure you book in advance. Cancún is a perfect family tripdestination. 5
  6. 6. PLAYA DEL CARMEN, DIVING IN THEMAYAN RIVIERAPlaya del Carmen is the largest city along the Mayan Riviera and has some ofthe area´s best beaches. It has well over 20 different dive sites.Due to the ocean currents in the Cozumel Channel, most of the dives in Playadel Carmen are drift dives.Cenote Azul is a very popular dive site with an impressive entrance; it´s a freshwater dive. This dive site connects to the Cenote Garden of Eden. Chun-Zumbul Reef is one of the longest and shallowest dives in Playas del Carmen.The coral cavern is the most attractive part of this dive.Kukulcán is part of the Chac Mool cave system, in this site you´ll find ahalocline, where salt water and fresh water come together and the visualeffects are fantastic. 6
  7. 7. PUERTO VALLARTA, PACIFIC COAST GEMS Puerto Vallarta and the Marietas Islands are located in the Pacific coast. The Marietas are one of the most popular dive areas in Mexico’s Pacific. The diving features include wall dives, slope dives, drift dives, pinnacle dives, blue water dives, shallow dives, cave dives and night dives. Los Arcos is known for its incredible walls and arches. Devil´s Jaw is a good dive site to interact with the giant Pacific manta ray, green sea turtles and schools of jacks. El Morro, located 5 miles west of the Marietas Islands, features a 200 ft. long sea cave formed by the action of the waves. The rocky granite walls are cover with invertebrates and sea fans. This is a dive for experience divers only. Nitrox is the best way to dive this site, and don´t forget your flash light. Large mantas and skip jacks can be seen too. 7
  8. 8. EXPLORE THE SEA OF CORTEZ The Sea of Cortez supports around 800 species of fish and thousands of invertebrate species. The lower extreme water temperatures make it hard for coral to grow, but it´s the perfect environment for big fish to live. Schools of jacks, tuna and marlin are common here. You may encounter marine mammals, California sea lions sometimes accompany you during your dives. Gray, blue, fin and humpback whales are regulars in January. Diving is not possible with whales here, but you can take a whale watching excursion. The Bay of Cobo Underwater National Marine Park also has great dive sites. The Sea of Cortez is better explored by live aboard. 8
  9. 9. DIVE OPERATORS LISTED IN PHILIPPINESAcuatic Tulum / Akumal Dive Shop / Albertos Scuba / Alex Scuba / Amigosdel Mar / Blue Dream Cozumel / Blue Minke / Buceando Rivera / Bull SharksDiving Center / Cabo Eagle Divers / CenoteDiving / CenoteXperience / Chernas Indomables Cozumel MarineWorld / Cozumel Sports / Dive Xplor / Dive Zihua / Dressel Divers/ El MarAzul / GoPro Cozumel / Pro Dive Mexico Cozumel / Pro Dive Mexico RivieraMaya / Scuba du Cozumzel / Scuba Sapiens / Sea Prod Divers / Silent WorldDivers / Solmar V / Squalo Adventures / The Cavern diving Route / XTC DiveCenterRead more: find & Book an hotel recommended by our Dive Operators: 9
  10. 10. About the Author Thomas SACCONE is a former financial manager who discovered scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2007. Since then, he is only satisfied when underwater. 10