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Some dives at Isla Mujeres at Mexico are not as famous as that of the island of Cozumel more to the south. Isla Mujeres is a small island on the Yucatan coast, just opposite Cancun, it is a very nice place where he does good living. For 4-5 days, it is a treat to land there. It is also the best starting point for going hiking. snorkeling with whale sharks and the swordfish in season.

Context : I took a 2 month trip to Mexico and I dived on all the destinations of Yucatan: Cozumel, the cenotes, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Mahahual, Banco Chinchorro and Xcalak.

# Overview 
# Presentation 
# Diving with 
# Whale sharks 
# Swordfish (sardine run) 
# Season and conditions 
# Dive sites 
# Diving club and school 
# Price 
# Diving course 
# Accommodation 
# Get to 
# My diving review

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  • Best diving season Isla mujeres : December to September.
  • Best dive sites Isla mujeres : MUSA (MUseo Subacuatico de Arte).
  • Isla mujeres eagle rays season: December to February.
  • Isla mujeres whale shark snorkeling season : June to September.
  • Isla mujeres swordfish snorkeling season : January to the end of February.
  • No French diving club.
  • Access : opposite Cancun.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurRecommendations by category of divers:

> New diver : good for a baptism or spend your open water.
> Confirmed : not recommended, prefer Cozumel or even Playa del Carmen.
> Experienced : nothing special, only snorkeling with swordfish.
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Where is Isla mujeres in Mexico?

Isla mujeres is a small island of 8km long which is located on the Yucatan peninsula, fair in front of Cancun.


Relaxed atmosphere


  • Nice atmosphere, rather casual, not too Americanized, with beautiful beaches.
  • I really liked life on site, there are bars, restaurants, hotels, but it is much quieter than Playa del Carmen or Cancun.
  • It's pretty adventurous but nothing to do with Utila where it is much more the factory.

Go read this perfect Mexico travel guide of Marine and Fabien. A real gold mine tip tip and tip.

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All classic Caribbean species

Angelfish, parrotfish, damselflies, butterflyfish, batfish, blue chrome, surgeonfish, stingrays, lobsters…

Isla mujeres eagle rays (DecDecember to February)


  • The only thing that should be worth it in Isla Mujeres for a demanding diver, it is the arrival of the rays eagles.
  • Like Cozumel, November to February, many young female eagle rays come to gather on the coasts of Isla Mujeres.
  • A spectacle not to be missed if you are there at the right time! 

For a confirmed diver


  • If you are more in my profile, a demanding diver, we will be honest right now, if you want to dive in the Yucatan region, you have to to go to Cozumel not to Isla Mujeres !
  • When I arrived I went around the dive centers and I asked them to make the most beautiful dives on the island, even if it means waiting or paying more.
  • I did 2 dives (Punta negra and the wreck of the Gunboat 58), very disappointing, nothing special underwater, few corals, not a lot of fish, so I spent money for nothing!

For a beginner diver and / or not having the possibility of diving in Cozumel


  • If you are a beginner diver, you will not be disappointed Isla Mujeres
  • A good visibility, the fauna and flora of the Caribbean at the rendezvous, you will surely see sea turtles and can be nurse sharks.
  • It is also a nice place to do a baptism or make an open water.
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Where and how to see whale sharks in Isla mujeres?


  • You'll have to take a boat and go above Isla mujeres, off Isla Contoy.
  • Departure around 8h normally (around 1 hour journey) and return between 1 hour and 3 hours depending on conditions.
  • The centers go there normally every day in season.
  • The maximum number is often 10 people per boat.

When is the best time to swim with whale sharks in Isla Mujeres?


  • The whale shark season at Isla Mujeres is from mid-June to mid-September, the best period being July-August.
  • They come to feed on tiny translucent tuna eggs, abundant in the area during this season.
  • There is never a guarantee to see them, but in season there is a very good chance.
  • It's until today, the largest gathering of whale sharks in the world at the same location.

Dive or swim in snorkeling with the whale sharks of Isla mujeres?


  • You can't dive with whale sharks in Isla mujeres.
  • We can just swim with them in a palm snorkel mask (PMT, snorkeling).
  • For a confirmed diver, the exit will seem very touristy, with a lot of people, all the boats in the same place, people trying to touch the sharks…
  • But hey, when you've never seen one, I understand that the desire to go there, even in snorkeling.

What is the price for swimming with the whale sharks of Isla mujeres?

The price for snorkeling with whale sharks in Isla mujeres is on average 125$ / person.

The 15 essential info to know about whale sharks here

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Where to see swordfish at Isla mujeres?


  • The swordfish or the famous "sardine run of Mexico" takes place in the same place as the whale sharks, off Isla Contoy.
  • Departure around 8h normally (around 1 hour journey) and return between 1 hour and 3 hours depending on conditions.


When is the best time to see swordfish in Isla Mujeres ?

  • The swordfish season at Isla mujeres (off Isla Contoy) is very short: from mid-January to the end of February.
    Macro: best time being clearly at the beginning of February (that's what all the instructors have told me on site, otherwise, it's really not guaranteed to see them!).
  • The waters cool and Banks of thousands of sardines gather together, which attract the swordfish who come to feast!

Be careful, the season is short, the seats are limited, I advise you to book well in advance!

Dive or swim in snorkeling with swordfish from Isla mujeres?


  • The exit is not not diving.
  • So you can see and swim with swordfish (the fastest fish in the world) in the middle of schools of sardines snorkeling (snorkel mask, PMT).
  • It's not at all on the same level as the famous sardine run in South Africa, but it seems to be a unique show (I could not do it) !
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You can dive all year round in Isla mujeres, but the best diving season is considered to be from December to September.

When to dive Isla Mujeres ?


  • Macro: best diving season at Isla mujeres in terms of visibility is from November to April.
  • Avoid the rainy season at Isla Mujeres from October to November.
  • Bira whale sharks (snorkeling): June to September.
  • Bira swordfish (snorkeling, Isla Contoy): January / March, but especially in February.
  • Bira eagle rays Isla Mujeres : December to February.

Diving conditions Isla Mujeres :

  • Visibility to Isla Mujeres : 25-30 m all year round.
  • Water temperature at Isla Mujeres : around 25 ° C in winter and 29 ° C in summer.
  • Current Isla Mujeres : it depends on the sites.
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Map of dive sites Isla mujeres


What are the best dive sites in Isla mujeres?

MUSA (MUseo Subacuatico de Arte), museum of underwater statues


  • If you type "diving isla mujeres" on google, you are bound to come across it. Their underwater museum is the diving attraction for tourists.
  • I didn't even do it!
  • When we see the images it looks fantastic, in reality when you listen to the instructors on site it is a hundred statues placed on sand (and a car!) At 8m deep, in 10 min you went around and there is nothing around !
  • It would be something historic, why not, but not even, it is purely artificial! Once again, for a demanding diver it does not matter ... Well, that's only my opinion !

The wreck of the Gunboat 58


  • So it was supposedly an exceptional dive, and well it was really not terrible !
  • Already, there is always a strong current there, so it took almost 10 min to descend. Then, it's a small freighter which rests around 25m, so we went around, then we went back quickly, and that's it lasted 10-15min.
  • The wreck is in fact in 2 parts, so we then went to join the other part by being carried by the current, we quickly looked at it (less than a minute), and voila, finished diving, we went up after 30min (while I still had at least 130 bars) !!

Punta Negra

  • We were super far to do this dive, near the coast of Cancun.
  • A drift where we saw nothing special, very little coral, very few fish ... no, frankly disappointed.
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The best Isla mujeres dive centers


  • There are ten diving center on the island.
  • In the end, I dipped with the center of Poc Na (my hostel), nothing special to say, they were professional, good atmosphere, oxygen kit and first aid on board, good organization.
  • Before I went around the centers to do the best dives, Scuba Garido and Squalo adventure (in the city center) seemed serious but did not offer the dives I was looking for.

French diving club Isla mujeres

  • No French dive centers when I passed (2017).
  • We will have to go around the centers (all roughly in the same corner) to see if there are French-speaking staff.
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What are the prices of the dives in Isla mujeres?


  • Isla mujeres diving award :
    • about 70$ for a dive
    • about 80$ for 2 dives
    • around 10$ for equipment rental.
  • Isla mujeres whale shark snorkeling award : approximately 125$.
  • Isla mujeres swordfish (sardine run) snorkeling award : around 175$.
  • Cenote Prize by Isla Mujeres : approximately 250$ for 2 dives.
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Diving schools in Isla mujeres


  • First dive Isla mujeres: it is a good place to spend his baptism, the conditions are good.
  • Make your open water Isla mujeres : it is a good place to spend your open water (level 1), the conditions are good.
  • PADI diving training in French Isla Mujeres : no French center to my knowledge, it will be necessary to go around the centers and seek a French-speaking instructor.
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There are lots of accommodation in Isla mujeres ! I did not stay long enough to recommend them by range, but here are some tips:

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Getting to Isla Mujeres is very easy with Cancun International Airport right across the street.

Isla mujeres flight

  • It is very easy to access, just to land in Cancun.
  • Go to the ferry port by taxi, 20 min by boat, and you're there!
  • There are departures every 30 min from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Cancun to Isla mujeres trip price by boat : 19$ round trip.


Isla mujeres bus route

  • Cancun is easily accessible by bus from many cities in Mexico (Playa del Carmen, Mahahual, Mexico City…) and belize thanks to Teen bus.
  • Then a 10 min taxi to the pier and a 20 min ferry.
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Isla Mujeres it's a very nice island with a good atmosphere, typically the kind of place where you land 4 to 5 days in backpacking mode at Mexico. We rest, we drink shots on the beach, we walk on the island and if you want discover diving (baptism or open water), it's perfect. On the beauty of the seabed, I knew that would not be exceptional, well it was confirmed. We are not going to Isla Mujeres for a diving trip ! On the other hand, it is super well located for whale sharks and swordfish in season, not to be missed !!

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