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Scuba Diving Locations - Scuba Diving in Mexico
Thursday, 13 November 2008 04:48

Cancun is a very popular tourist destination, especially for divers. One of the main reasons for this draw (outside of the tropical climate and clear waters) is because the area is home to the world?s second largest barrier reef. The visibility is spectacular almost all year round and this allows for a variety of different diving locations. You can even participate in some magnificent night dives in the area that will allow you the opportunity to explore these various areas in the dark to see how the vibrant colours interact with the darker atmosphere. There are lots of options available for tourists, with many hotels in the area and all-inclusive cancun holiday packages.


Diving Map of Cancun

Diving Map of Cancun



The other wonderful thing about scuba diving in Cancun is the fact that the area is home to diving spots that are suited to varying levels of experience, and there are even several training facilities that will help the novice diver if they need to get certified. This is truly a family scuba diving destination, and there are many wonderful things that you can see while diving here, ranging from spectacular reef dives to wonderful wrecks and areas that are always teeming with marine life.

One thing you must remember when diving in Cancun, Mexico, is that it is a popular tourist destination, so if you want to be able to take full advantage of the scuba diving possibilities then you will need to make sure that you book the diving package that you require well in advance. There are many options for you to choose from, so if you are travelling with a group you will want to make sure that you opt for a package that will accommodate all of your diving requirements.


Wrecks in Cancun

The C58 Minesweeper wreck dive is a good site to go to in Cancun and it is accessible by a short boat ride to the site. The wreck is in fairly good condition and it is found in an area that is frequented by groupers and manta rays. The ship is an old Navy vessel from World War II that now serves as an artificial reef. There are several areas that are good for penetration dives and you can swim around the entire remains of the ship. It is a good dive for a wide range of diving experience, so don?t count it out as a good family orientated dive.

Another interesting wreck dive is Ultrafreeze. This tugboat was sunk by Mexico as a means of creating an underwater reef in the area and to help promote diving at the same time. It is a wonderful dive and is something that you should check out if you want to look in on the evolution of an artificial reef and how the marine life in the area reacts to the wreck.

One last shipwreck that you can explore in Cancun is a C-55 Gun Ship that was also a Navy ship during World War II and now serves as an artificial reef. This ship is an interesting dive mainly because of its history and it has attracted a plethora of marine life that you can see and explore while diving around its remains.


Best Time to Dive in Cancun

Because Cancun is found in near tropical waters you do not have to worry about temperate weather affecting your dives, which means that you can go year round. A lot of people try to avoid hurricane season, which usually ranges from May to December, but this is just a precaution that can help to make sure that your trip is not cancelled or cut short by an inbound hurricane.

Notable Dive Locations in Cancun

One area that you will definitely want to check out when you are scuba diving in Cancun is Dos Ojos. This is a cavern dive that is full of majestic sites and is truly a unique experience that you will not want to miss out on. It is recommended for advanced divers who have been certified for open waters. One of the reasons that this dive location is so popular is that the clarity of the water combined with the wonderful formations in the caverns allows you to see a world that you never even knew existed, in optimum settings.

Another interesting cave dive in Cancun is Bat Cave, which also allows you to dive through a world of underwater formations. This includes large columns and stalactites as well as very small formations that look as if they might break at any moment. The beauty is something that everyone can appreciate and it is definitely something that should not be missed if you are in the area.

A good reef dive in Cancun is Chitales Reef. This area is known for its diversity of marine life, so you should be prepared to see a lot of activity. You will usually dive around ten metres and you will be able to swim the reef with relative ease. The site is usually well known for its visibility and is a popular reef dive in the area. It is not difficult to get to the reef and it is a less than thirty minute ride by boat. However, the area has been known for having some surge problems, so be prepared for that.

Aristos reef is one that is recommended for medium to advanced divers, and it is an area that is well known for its vibrant reef colours and abundance of marine life, so you will not be disappointed in this dive. This reef is located on the eastern side of Cancun, so if you want to dive there you may look into other reefs in the area to try and make a full day out of this area as there are other reef diving locations around Aristos that are well known for their beauty and are recommended for more experienced divers.

If you want a popular dive site that is highly recommended as a dive for all levels of experience and has low current conditions, then you should check out Punta Negra. This area is well known for being the beginning of the second largest barrier reef in the world. The average depth of your dive will be around twenty metres. The vibrant colours and range of coral are something that should not be missed by those wishing to explore a wonderful reef.

A diving location that will take you through a variety of arches, channels, bridges, and caves, is Media Luna. The dive takes place near the surface (roughly ten metres), so if you are not too sure about diving deeply, this is a dive for you. The current is weak so the area is recommended for novice divers as well as those that are more experienced. Something else that is a draw to Media Luna is the wealth of marine life that you can see on this dive, so if you are into underwater biology, this is the area for you.


Types of Marine Life in Cancun

There are more than two hundred and fifty different species of marine life that can be found in Cancun. Some of those that you might see include: dolphins, eagle rays, jacks, parrotfish, African pompanos, amberjacks, stingrays, coral, sea anemones, snappers, Jew fish, groupers, cave sharks, barracuda, moray eels, starfish, lobster, scorpion fish, jurel, octopus, spiders, turtles, yellow jacks, shrimp, grunts, and gray nurse sharks.


Cancun Diving Fact Sheet

Average Air Temperature: 29C ? 36C

Average Water Temperature: 26C ? 29C

Recommended Exposure Protection: You can use a 3mm or 5mm shortie

Average Visibility: 20 ? 45 metres

Coldest Times: December to April

Hottest Times: August to October

Best Times to Dive: The temperate climate of the region allows you to dive year round as the water temperature rarely ever drops below 26C. However, Cancun is a tourist destination, so you will want to make sure that you book your diving holiday well in advance and plan it out so that you don?t get to the area only to find that everything you wanted to do is booked up. Also, you can try to plan your holiday around the down times for tourists, thereby ensuring that the areas aren?t as crowded.

Worst Times to Dive: A lot of people who plan to dive in the Cancun area try to avoid the hurricane season that ranges from May to December; however, this is not a requirement. It is rare that your diving holiday will be cancelled or cut short due to an inbound hurricane, but for some people taking this preventative measure helps to ensure their holiday plans are sound.


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