Destination Overview – Scuba Diving in Mexico
Mexico, also known officially as the United Mexican States is an amazing tourist attraction site for scuba divers. The country is bordered by United States to the north, Pacific Ocean to the south and the west, Caribbean Sea on the southeast and the Gulf of Mexico on the east. It is the fifth largest nation in the Americas and the thirteenth largest independent nation in the world. Mexico is the 23rd highest income earner from tourism globally. Most tourists are from USA and Canada. You might want to learn some Spanish before touring the country!
The Gulf of Mexico (known in Spanish as Golfo de Mexico) is a basin surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba together with other countries. Mexico lies to the south of this amazing gulf.
Hot Scuba Dive Spots in Mexico
Machones Reef, Cancun
Located off the coast of Isla Mujeres in Cancun, this amazing site hosts over sixty under water sculptures that form an artificial reef. The sculptures include The Silent Evolution (with four hundred or more ghostly sized figures), Man of fire (fast growing orange coral that looks like flames) and a replica of a Volkswagen beetle car though huge. These installations were done by sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor. They make up the MUSA underwater museum.
Divers can dive up to ten meters, the visibility of the water is between 16 and 30 meters Lobsters, barracuda, groupers, sergeant majors and moray eels have made this artificial reef their home.
Sistema Dos Ojos, Playa Del Carmen
This breathtaking site is located between Akumal and Tulum towns. It is a deep cave and divers can swim inside for up to 119 meters. The water is very clear and visibility is slightly more than ninety meters. The cave stretches about 80 km, and is famously known for the one breath 150-meter dive record. The cave has romantically named passages that divers can explore. These passages include the next generation passage, the Wakulla Room, Bat Cave and Jill’s Room. Each one of these routes has unique aquatic life. The caves are filled with purple, green and blue candle drip stalactites. Many tourists flock on the Dos Ojos caves daily to dive, so you are most unlikely to be alone. The name Dos Ojos is Spanish for ‘two eyes’.
La Bandera Reef Dive, Cancun
Located a boat trip away from Isla Mujeres on the Caribbean coast, Quintana Roo, the Great Mayan Reef (also known as Las Banderas) is among the most popular diving sites in Mexico. Divers can swim to about 25 or 35 feet below and view the elk-horn coral. The current is mild and the visibility is excellent. Divers will see barracuda, moray eels, crabs and angelfish. Also visible are ledges and overhangs.
This is the most visited site in the Mexico. It is also the most visited port of call by cruise ships. The dive area is thirty miles long and ten miles wide. It is believed to have been a sacred spot for the Maya who inhabited the location over 2000 years ago. After your diving adventure, also visit the San Gervasio archeological site and the Chankanaab Park. Shoppers can go shopping in San Miguel.
El Tunnel, Mesoamerican Reef
This super amazing dive site is located is located in the Caribbean Sea also in Quintana Roo. The Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest reef in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The site is located in the National Marine Park where it is protected from destruction. Divers can go as deep as sixty feet. When the currents are swift, as they sometimes will be, you’ll find this drift dive exhilarating and relaxing. The visibility is excellent, often with fifteen or more metres. Divers see colourful coral formations and reef sharks.
Other dive sites include Sea of Cortez, Socorros, Guadalupe Island, mainland Yucatan, Banco Chinchorro among others.
Scuba diving in Mexico can be described as not only fascinating but also daring and adventurous. Beginners can start with the warm shallow waters while the intermediate and experts can dive into the mild and current filled water. From simple reefs to scary caves and sculptures, Mexico stands out as a top diving destination for scuba diving lovers.