Mexico’s two coasts are ripe for underwater exploration. You can discover the vast kelp forests of the Pacific, the hidden reefs of the Sea of Cortez and the Yucatan peninsula, and shipwrecks in the Caribbean. Pelagic-lovers will also be pleased with Mexico’s breeding grounds and sites boasting heavy currents.Not all of the dives in Mexico are out in the salty seas. During your time in the Yucatan be sure to dive in the crystal clear cenotes. The most popular, and rightly so, is the Cenote Dos Ojos.From beginners to tec divers, there are dives for every level in Mexico. The Yucatan and the east side of Baja California are generally protected from heavy current, creating good dive sites for beginners. However, offshore islands like Guadalupe and Socorro Island should only be attempted by advanced divers due to their raging currents. Furthermore, some of the cenotes require technical diving skills. Diving in Mexico mainly takes place from speedboats. It is possible to dive some of the Sea of Cortez and the Caribbean’s reefs as well as the cenotes from shore. Guadalupe and Socorro must be accessed by liveaboard vessel.While a reef hook may be helpful in some areas, they are not permitted in protected areas. A 16% tax is levied on all diving activities in Mexico.
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Mexico Sea Life
You can have it all, in Mexico: Gorgeously colored reef fish can be found in the Caribbean, and large pelagics are found out in the Pacific, including the infamous Great White Shark. There are also great migrations of gentle Whale Sharks at Isla Mujeres and fierce Bull Sharks near the Yucatan Peninsula. Blind cave fish thrive in the cenotes, eerie and wriggling. In the Sea of Cortez you can find interesting creatures like seahorses and starfish. You’ll also have playful encounters with sea lions in the area. In Mexico, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much to see and explore!
How to Get There
With such an incredible variety of places to explore, flying to your location of choice is highly recommended. Mexico City, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta all have international airports. Getting around the country is straightforward, as inexpensive taxis and buses zoom across the landscape. Private transfers between resorts are also common.
Best Scuba Diving in Mexico