Diving in Mexico can be described in one word; delight! The Caribbean Sea seems almost to have been created for diving and the Yucatan specifically, without exaggeration, is a spectacularly unique place for diving. Excellent weather and a water temperature of 28 degrees celsius make diving in the Caribbean comfortable all year round. In our opinion, the prime place to come and dive at in Mexico is Cancun. From here, you can make lots of dives at least seventy sites.
The Great Maya Reef is the second largest in the world. Most of the reef is located to the south of Cancun, along a one hundred kilometer coastal strip called the Riviera Maya. At the beginning, you can start diving on the sites near Cancun itself, of which there are many large manta rays are common. In the winter, the wind and the excitement in the open waters of Cancun can be quite strong, but the local dive centers can be flexible in their dive planning and, in the case of bad weather on a particular day, can take you to dive elsewhere.
Do you want to visit a museum where you need SCUBA gear instead of shoe covers? You’re welcome at one such museum, near Cancun, created by British architect and scuba diving instructor Jason deCaires Taylor. The museum has more than four hundred exhibits, the creation of which took one hundred and twenty tons of cement and four kilograms of silicone. The creation of the exhibition, "Silent Evolution", took a year and a half, and one hundred and twenty hours for the installation of underwater sculptures. The exhibits are located at a depth of ten meters, so the museum is ready to accept all comers including non-certified divers led by professional guides.
The most colorful dives are waiting for you on the island of Cozumel. In contrast to the mainland coast, there are no limits because most dive sites of the island are located on the leeward side where the sea isn’t so rough. In addition to a variety of tropical fish, here huge schools, reef sharks, lobsters and turtles (often appearing swarms) are waiting for you. You can reach the island via a ferry which runs from the Yucatan. This journey takes just 45 minutes. It can be organized yourself, if you independently book a scuba diving on the island and plan all transfers, or as dive center in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
Many dive sites are located along the coast of Playa del Carmen. Here, more than 500 species of fish and other inhabitants of the underwater world can be found. From November to April, bull sharks come the coast. You will have the chance to not only see, but also to participate in the feeding of these creatures. The attraction is not for the faint of heart but well worth it for those brave few!
Every diver visiting Yucatan just has to dive in the cenotes. A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that then exposes the groundwater underneath. Visibility in many Cenotes is perfect. It allows you to admire the cave completely from the wall to wall. Here there are few animals and the main aim is to explore the interior. There are often stalactites and stalagmites. Cenote Caves are interconnected to form a system.
The most popular cenotes:
Ox Bel Ha - 129 km surveyed cave systems;
Nohoch Nah Chich - 61 km surveyed cave systems;
Dos Ojos - 56 km surveyed cave systems.
In some caves there is air and, on the ceiling, peacefully sleeping bats can be seen. Cenote water temperature is around 24 degrees and you can dive in any weather. Water is mainly fresh, but in some parts of the cave systems halocline occurs when fresh water mixed with salt water. Visually, it looks like a clear jelly. Small group underwater tours are conducted and are thoroughly organized. In order to be able to dive in almost any Cenote without limitations, you must pass a course and get a specialization as a Cave Diver, which can be done here. Novice divers may dive in one cave which boasts natural sunlight and the maximum distance from the entrance to the water is not more than 60 meters.
Diving in Mexico is a diverse experience. Plan as much time for it as you can. However, it’s never enough and we know that you'll want to come back again.