Who knows the diving in Xcalak ? Not many people I think! This marine park is at the very bottom of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, just before the Belize party. It is supposed to contain dive sites still intact and beautiful. The dives were beautiful but you really have to want to go!

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.

ARTICLE GUIDELINES
# Overview 
# Presentation
# Diving with 
# Dive sites 
# Seasons and conditions 
# Diving clubs 
# Accommodation 
# How to get there
# My diving review

DIVING XCALAK INFO

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  • Best diving season Xcalak : December to September.
  • Best Xcalak dive sites : La Posa (Tarpon hole), Chimenea
  • Common Marine Life : bench of tarpons at La Posa. + classic caribbean fish.
  • Diving club : there is only one !
  • Access : 5 hours from Playa del Carmen.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurRecommendations by category of divers:

> New diver : frankly it's too far from everything, there is better in Mexico.
> Confirmed : why not, but Cozumel is still much better.
> Experienced : nothing special except the bench of tarpons.
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PRESENTATION OF XCALAK

Where is Xcalak?

  • Xcalak is located at the end of the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula, just before the border with Belize.
  • 5 hours from Playa del Carmen and 1 hour from Mahahual. 

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A small fishing village

  • So, you have to want to go anyway, there is nothing in Xcalak, but when I say nothing, it's nothing !!
  • It is a small fishing village with a few houses, 2 restaurants, a hostel and a diving center!
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DIVING AT XCALAK AVIS

All classic Caribbean species

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

Hundreds of tarpons at the flagship site of Xcalak La Posa

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  • One of the best diving experiences in Xcalak is surely to go to the Posa.
  • This site has the particularity of attracting tarpons from the region who come to take refuge there.
  • Result, depending on the dives you can see from 10 to 100 tarpons!

For a new diver

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  • As usual, even when a demanding diver like me is disappointed with dives, I often recommend the place to beginner divers, because they do not have the same perspectives and the conditions to learn are good, as much Xcalak, I will not really recommend it.
  • There's a lot other places with a more pleasant atmosphere to take your first steps underwater (Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Mahahual ...).

For a confirmed diver

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  • The Xcalak Reserve offers beautiful dive sites, such as La Posa or Cheminea.
  • Site configurations are special, the corals are in good health, the Caribbean fish are there.
  • The 2 dives I did were good, but again I was not amazed and it was supposed to be the 2 best…
  • So I didn't see myself doing others, I spent 2 nights and left. For a demanding diver who wants to do a week of diving, I will not recommend Xcalak, but rather once again Cozumel or the Cenotes.

Xcalak diving photos

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DIVING SITES AT XCALAK

Map of Xcalak dive sites in Mexico

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What are the best Xcalak dive sites in Mexico?

The Posa (Tarpon hole)

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  • So La posa (Tarpon hole) is still a crazy site.
  • The configuration means that dozens and dozens of tarpons come to take refuge in this kind of grand canyon. Tarpons you don't see everywhere, so seeing them in schools is still exceptional!
  • What you need to know is that the longer the weather is bad and the rough sea, the more tarpons that come to protect themselves, so don't do like me (who didn't know), don't go when the weather is super nice and the sea is calm!
  • I only have ten tarpons, but I have seen images where there are between 50 and 100. The site also contains kinds of small caves where you will find silversides, superb!
  • I liked Tarpon hole.

The Chimenea

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  • A nice site where we start by going down 20m to the entrance to the "chimney" (hence the name), then we explore a game of faults and canyons.
  • We climb slowly up the chimney to reach the wall, which we will follow until the end of the dive.

 

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WHAT IS THE BEST PERIOD FOR DIVING AT XCALAK?

You can dive all year round in Xcalak, but the best diving season is considered to be from December to September (excluding the rainy season).

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When to dive Xcalak ?

  • Macro: best diving season in Xcalak in terms of visibility is from November to April.
  • Xcalak tarpon season : all year.
  • Avoid the rainy season at Xcalak from October to November.

Diving conditions Xcalak :

  • Visibility at Xcalak : 10-20 m all year round.
  • Water temperature at Xcalak : around 25 ° C in winter and 29 ° C in summer.
  • Current Xcalak : it depends on the sites.
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WHAT ARE THE BEST CENTERS FROM DIVING TO XCALAK

Only one diving club in Xcalak: XTC

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  • So it's simple, there is only one dive center in Xcalak!
  • Well, it's not just any dive center, it's super big, super famous, super well equipped, beautiful boats, swimming pool and accommodation.
  • Located by the beach, it is right next to the best sites. Rather, it is considered a upscale resort / resort, therefore the dives are not given: 50$ / dive.
  • They also organize excursions on Banco ChinchorroThey know the place very well but the prices will be much more expensive than from Mahahual.

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HOTEL DIVING XCALAK MEXICO

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HOW TO GET TO XCALAK IN MEXICO?

It is quite complicated to get to Xcalak, allow 5 hours from Playa del Carmen.

Getting to Mahahual

  • Nearest airport: Cancun and Chetubal
  • With Teen bus: Cancun: 5h, Playa del Carmen: 4h, Tulum: 3h
  • Accessible from other cities of Mexico with teen bus
  • From other countries (Belize, Guatemala…): There are plenty of buses coming to Chetubal from Belize or Guatemala. Then you have to take Teen bus to join Mahahual.

Mahahual to Xcalak by van

  • It's 1 hour by van from Mahahual (Teen bus)
  • Departure in the center of Mahahual.

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MY DIVING REVIEW ABOUT XCALAK

So Xcalak, you have to want to go anyway, it's really asshole of the world! The 2 dives I did, especially tarpon hole, were good, but from there to spend a diving styles a week, frankly not! There is nothing to do in Xcalak apart from diving. In addition, I find that it's super expensive, 50$ diving… Like all the places I have done on the Yucatan coast, Cozumel truly remains number one.

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