As a lonely seamount far offshore, Socorro Island attracts a large number of pelagic species, among them are large groups of giant manta rays.
Although the location for humpbacks changes from year to year, Roca Partida often yields the best whale sightings and interactions for scuba divers.
Sunk during a hurricane in 1959, today, the top of the wreck is just 4 feet (1 meter) below the surface, making it a perfect wreck for beginners.
An unusually calm dive in the Revillagigedo Islands, the Canyon near San Benedicto Island regularly hosts large hammerhead sharks in great visibility.
At the Marietas Islands advanced divers can see larger species who ride the currents from the distant blue, including mantas and whale sharks.
November to May is considered the best time to dive in Socorro Island. Liveaboards set sail for this remote island at this time, because the sea conditions in the Pacific are calmest during these months. The weather is generally sunny with occasional rain showers.
Manta rays can be seen throughout the year in Socorro, but during the winter months, divers also have the chance of spotting a whale shark or one of the thousands of humpbacks that breed and calve in the area. This is also the best time of year to see mantas and whale sharks near Puerto Vallarta.
At this time, visibility is negatively impacted is by plankton blooms. These are most common around the full moon.
If you love diving with pelagic species, book your holiday between November and May.
Elsewhere in Mexico, November to May is considered high season for general tourism, causing an increase in the prices of flights and accommodation.
June to October are the offseason for liveaboards in the area. Many set their sights on Guadalupe or remain in dock. However, at this time, the water warms significantly, reaching 84°F (26°C) in August and September. For many divers, especially beginners who will find the open ocean sites difficult to reach, the summer months are an ideal time to dive.
In addition, visibility is at its peak from June to October. It’s also low season for tourism throughout Mexico, meaning you should find excellent deals on accommodation, airfare and excursions. However, you will have to battle the hot and humid summer weather while topside.
If you’d prefer to look elsewhere, try Caribbean diving for a change. The season on the east side of Mexico is year-round.
The Marietas Islands and Revillagigedo Islands are for pelagic-lovers. Beginners will love the protected sites in Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.
A premier holiday destination with a budding scuba industry, Acapulco’s underwater shrine, wrecks and drifts make it a noteworthy dive destination.
Two neighboring resort destinations, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo boast current-free bays filled with colorful fish, an ideal environment for novice divers.
With a shallow, penetrable wreck and some of the most pristine coral reefs in Central Pacific Mexico, Manzanillo is an off-the-beaten-path paradise.
Boasting some of the best diving on the Central Pacific Coast of Mexico, you might happen upon whale sharks or giant manta rays in Puerto Vallarta.
The Central Pacific Coast of Mexico has it all. From tiny to huge, your log books will be full of interesting creatures whether your dive holiday takes to the Socorro Islands or Mazatlán. In terms of pelagic species, frequently reported sightings include humpback whales, whale sharks, oceanic white tips, manta rays, hammerheads, reef sharks and dolphins. You might also see schools of grunts, puffer fish and hawksbill turtles around the brightly colored sponges and stony corals. The seahorses and octopus love to hide out in the walls, reefs and wrecks. The Central Pacific Coast certainly doesn’t disappoint in the marine life category.
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