Hundreds of crystal clear cenotes (caves) can be found throughout Mexico. Cenote Dos Ojos near Tulum is the most famous and is easily accessible to most divers.
From November to March, large bull shark females arrive in Playa del Carmen in order to breed. Get up close and personal with these amazing sharks.
The MUSA, located next to Cancun, is an underwater contemporary museum of art consisting of over 500 permanent life-size sculptures from English artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
Isla Mujeres, just off-shore from Cancun, sits at the join of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. As such, it attracts hundreds of Whale Sharks from June to September each year.
There is no bad time to dive the Yucatan. In fact, the water temperatures remain constant year-round and cool only slightly during the winter months.
December to April is considered the best time to visit Mexico and therefore is the most popular time to dive in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Because the winter months constitute high season, you should make sure to book as early as possible in order to secure the best rate.
On average, water temperatures vary between 77 and 82ºF (25 and 28ºC) around the Yucatan Peninsula. In terms of marine life, Bull Sharks are commonly found off the coast of Playa del Carmen from November to March.
The best time for cenote diving is between May and September. These months bring the best light to the caves and result in better photographs.
Also note that diving in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico is possible year-round. Simply keep an eye on the forecast during the summer and early fall. These seasons do see the occasional hurricane. When there isn’t a hurricane, the weather during the summer is hot and humid with the occasional rain shower.
June to September in particular is best for whale sharks near Isla Mujeres. And from May to September, green and loggerhead turtles arrive to lay their eggs in Playa del Carmen.
As an added bonus, the summer months are low season throughout Mexico. At this time, you’ll find the best deals on diving and accommodation. If you enjoy uncrowded, dive sites, travel to Mexico between May and September.
Novice divers will be most comfortable in the protected reefs of Cancun while advanced divers can explore the cenotes and walls of Puerto Aventuras.
In the heart of the Riviera Maya, Akumal boasts twelve shallow and deep coral dives just seven minutes from shore, ideal for any level of diver.
As the largest coral atoll in the Northern Hemisphere, Banco Chinchorro is home to several shipwrecks, healthy coral reefs and excellent drift diving.
From a world-class underwater sculpture park to annual whale shark visitors, Cancún delights scuba divers with above and below the water attractions.
With an estimated 6,000 cenotes, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and its extensive subterranean waterways are ideal for experimenting with cavern diving.
Isla Mujeres is home to the most reliable whale shark expeditions in the world. It also features colorful corals, fascinating wrecks and a shark cave.
As a jumping off point for Banco Chinchorro, Mahahual is an up-and-coming dive spot. Be sure to check out the barrier reef and cenotes here as well.
From Bull Sharks in crystal clear water to reefs and fascinating cenotes, diving in Playa del Carmen is a great addition to your Mexican holiday.
On the doorstep of the cenotes, Puerto Aventuras is a seaside commune with access to amazing bull shark encounters and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
Home to one of the best protected sections of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Puerto Morelos offers easy shore diving or boat trips to nearby Cancun.
Known for nearby cenote dives and the Sian Ka’an Reserve, Tulum has a unique variety of dive sites to enjoy in the shadow of its famous Mayan pyramids.
Located just north of the Belize Cayes, the quintessential fishing village called Xcalak offers up the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and Banco Chinchorro.
Dolphins and sharks patrol deeper waters, while stunning colorful fish hang out by the reefs. You will see eels and lobsters near overhangs, as well as plenty of eagle rays gliding through the shallows. If you dive in the mangroves you may even run across a manatee!
One of the major attractions to the underwater world of the Riviera Maya are the Bull Sharks that are attracted to the area’s crystalline waters between November and March. There’s also a chance of spotting Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles, whale sharks and sailfish during their respective migrations.
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