Five Best Places to Scuba Dive in Mexico
The sheer variety of dive sites in Mexico makes it one of the best diving destinations in the world. From the tropical coral reefs of the Yucatan to picture-perfect islands around Baja California, there's no shortage of fascinating things to see during your dive.
Although there are plenty of dive spots to explore all over Mexico, here are five of the best regions in the country for diving.
1. Yucatan Peninsula
Diving in underwater cenote at Yucatan Peninsula.
Besides being home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, the Yucatan is also dotted with coral-encrusted shipwrecks, cavernous tunnel systems, and sparkling blue sinkholes (cenotes). Some of the most popular cenote dives include Cenote Angelita, Chak Mool, and of course, the Dos Ojos system in Cancún.
However, most divers flock to the water for some of the world's best reef diving. You can explore the pristine waters around Isla Mujeres, play with colorful fish at the Cozumel Marine Park, or swim with bull sharks in Playa del Carmen.
2. Sea of Cortez
Californian sea lion swimming and playing in the reefs of Los Islotes in Espiritu Santo Island at La Paz.
The Sea of Cortez provides plenty of opportunities to swim with tropical marine life. The water around La Paz and Cabo San Lucas are teeming with large creatures like sea lions, whale sharks, manta rays and even dolphins.
It's also worth visiting Cabo Pulmo National Park, a protected marine reserve that's one of the only three coral reefs in Western North America. Here, you'll be able to swim with sharks, turtles, and over a hundred different species of fish.
And, if that's not enough, Cabo Pulmo is one of the most accessible places to witness a true-to-life "fish tornado."
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3. Socorro Islands
Manta in Socorro Islands.
If you're eager to dive with larger-than-life animals, then look no further than the Socorro Islands. Although the waters aren't filled with colorful coral reefs or sunken ships, they are brimming with some of the most amazing marine life in Mexico.
Dive with hammerheads at Roca O’Neal, or swim with giant manta rays and dolphins in Cabo Pierce. The Punta Tosca dive site is also one of the only places in Mexico to spot humpback whales.
4. Guadalupe Island
Great white sharks swim around cage in Guadalupe.
Thrill-seekers will undoubtedly need to add Guadalupe Island to their diving bucket list. Situated off the coast of Baja California, it's one of the few places in the world you can dive with great white sharks.
Although you'll be within the confines of a cage, you'll still get the chance to see one of the 170 to 180 giant creatures lurk in the water around the island.
5. Puerto Vallarta
Humpback whale off the coast of Mexico.
As the main diving destination along Mexico's Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta is a great place to spot some of the country's most wild creatures.
Giant moray eels can be found in El Morro while massive rays swim freely around the Marietas Islands. And if you're looking to swim next to humpbacks, then venture to El Chimo between April and October.
Between the vibrant coral reefs and abundance of tropical sea life, these five regions offer some of the best scuba diving in Mexico. Wherever you plan to go, there's an entire world of underwater wonder waiting for you to explore.
Jeremy Foster is an avid traveler and adventurer who founded travelfreak.com. Check out his website to learn how you can adventure better.
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