The Mexico is a great country for diving and is clearly cut in half: the west coast and the east coast. The peaceful side rather cold but has the presence of large pelagic, with its best known site Socorro (ocean manta, whale shark, dolphin ...), but also the sites near the sea of cortez : La Paz, Cabo san lucas, the hidden reserve of Cabo pulmo and finally Guadalupe, a place where you can dive with white sharks! On the other side, in the Caribbean, the waters are warmer and the less fantastic dives. The most spectacular place is aboveIsla Mujeres, where 2 major events take place annually (Whale Sharks and sailfish swordfish). Cozumel is the best known and one of best sites in the Caribbean. The underground caves of cenotes, as for her, are just really special dives. Rest Playa del carmen for his bull sharks in season and Banco chinchorro which offer good dives for the Caribbean. Find in this article the best diving destinations in Mexico, then you choose where to go based on your preferences, your level and your budget!

Context: I spent more than 2 and a half months in Mexico, between the Caribbean coast for 2 months and the Sea of Cortez for 2 weeks.

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WHERE TO DIVE IN MEXICO?

Some best dive sites in Mexico :

  1. SOCORRO : Top 10 worldwide, hammerhead shark, ocean manta ray and dolphin!
  2. CABO PULMO : The most beautiful reef in the Western Hemisphere!
  3. LA PAZ : Whale sharks, sea lions and whales!
  4. CABO SAN LUCAS : Hammerhead, whales and sea lions!
  5. GUADALUPE : Diving with great white sharks!
  6. COZUMEL : One of the most beautiful reefs in the Caribbean!
  7. CENOTES  : An experience unique in the world!
  8. ISLA MUJERES : Sardine run swordfish and whale shark!
  9. PLAYA DEL CARMEN : Diving with bull sharks!
  10. BANCO CHINCHORRO : The hidden reserve of Yucatan!

DIVING IN MEXICO REVIEW AND INFO

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  • Very rare sites in the world and in the best of world diving:
    • Some best sites are clearly on the side Peaceful.
    • Best Pacific site: Socorro (Top 10 worldwide).
    • Best Caribbean site: Cozumel.
    • Some cenotes are truly a unique experience.
    • Sardine run swordfish off Isla Mujeres (January and February).
    • Guadalupe : great white sharks (August to October).
    • The world's largest gathering of whale sharks off Isla Mujeres (June to September).

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  • Rare species:
    • Humpback whales : La Paz, Cabo san luca, Cabo pulmo.
    • Great White sharks : Guadalupe.
    • Sea lion : La Paz, Cabo san luca, Cabo pulmo.
    • Hammerhead shark : Socorro, Cabo san lucas.
    • Whale sharks : Socorro, Isla mujeres, La Paz, Cabo san lucas.
    • Ocean manta ray and dolphin : Socorro.
    • Bull sharks : Playa del Carmen.
    • Swordfish : sardine run above Isla mujeres (January and February).
    • Schools of eagle rays : Cozumel and Isla Mujeres (December to February).
  • When is the best time to dive in Mexico :
    The diving seasons in Mexico:

    • Socorro : November to June.
    • Cabo pulmo, La Paz, Cabo san lucas : August to April.
    • Guadalupe : August to October.
    • Caribbean : all year.

OVERVIEW OF MEXICO

  • Mexico is a huge country with 2 very different diving areas: the Pacific zone and the Caribbean zone.
  • A lot of different species, sometimes very rare, rub shoulders with this country and thanks to its different events, you can dive all year round in Mexico !

Baja California: la Pacific area of Mexico

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  • The Pacific zone is mainly located around Baja California and the sea of cortez.
  • Its waters are globally colder that the Caribbean side and attract cash much rarer and especially very large : whale, whale shark, hammerhead shark, sea lion
  • It is clearly the area with the most options for an experienced diver. His gems is Socorro (wikipedia info here) small islands at hours of boat,Mexican equivalent of the Galapagos for Ecuador or Cocos Islands for Costa Rica.

Yucatan Peninsula: the Caribbean area of Mexico

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  • The best spots in the diving area Caribbean of Mexico lie on the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula.
  • There are warmer waters than the Pacific but overall fewer large pelagics.
  • It also has an area off Isla Mujeres (roughly above Isla Contoy) where 2 extraordinary events.
  • 1., the largest gathering of whale sharks in the world, 2., a sardine run which attract hundreds swordfish during the winter. Cozumel when it offers one of the best reef of all Caribbean.
  • Finally, the Yucatan also houses his famous Cenotes, this system of underwater caves, which offer dives unique in the world!

THE BEST DIVES IN MEXICO

What are the best dive sites in Mexico?

1.Socorro 2.Cabo pulmo 3.La Paz 4.Cabo san lucas 5.Guadalupe 6.Cozumel 7.Cenote 8.Banco chinchorro 9.Carmen beach 10.Isla Mujeres

1. SOCORRO DIVING REVIEW: OCEANIC MANTAS,HAMMERHEADS AND DOLPHINS!

The best liveaboard diving cruises for Socorro here

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Socorro Liveaboard Review

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  • Socorro is less known than the Galapagos or the Cocos islands, but the 3 destinations present very similar configurations: small islands lost in the middle of the Pacific where you can see amazing things underwater, especially big.
  • On all dives you will have dozens of different sharks (white tip, black tip, gray, silky, longimanus, galapagos...).
  • Socorro has differences with the Galapagos and the Cocos Islands. The season is much shorter, only from November to June and each species in its period !
  • Of course, there are school of hammerhead sharks but onlyfrom April to June.
  • Socorro is very well known for its impressive number of oceanic manta rays. They are up to 7-8 m long and have absolutely no fear of divers and will approach less than a meter from you!
  • Even more rare, Socorro also brings together a large community of dolphins ! They are curious and approach the divers without fear!
  • Finally, you have the period for whale shark whale sharks and a season while humpback whales are passing the area.
  • There are no habitable islands in Socorro (unlike the Galapagos), so liveaboards are the only option to dive there.

Information to organize your diving trip to Socorro

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  • Socorro Marine Life :
    • Sharks : white-tip reef, black-tip reef, gray, galapagos, silky, oceanic white tips
    • Oceanic Manta Ray.
    • Dolphin (curious and not scared of divers): best period January to March.
    • School of hammerhead sharks: best period April to June.
    • Humpback whale : January to March.
    • Whale shark : November - December and April - May.
  • Socorro diving seasons  : November to June.
    • November December : T ° = 23-26 °, visibility = 15-20 m, whale shark season.
    • January to March : T ° = 21-23 ° C, visibility = 30 m, humpback whale season, best dolphin period.
    • April to June : T ° = 23-26 °, visibility = 30 m, whale shark season, best hammerhead period.
  • Best Socorro diving sites: Punta Tosca, Aquarium, Roca Partida.
  • Visibility : 30 m, except 15-20 m in November - December.
  • Temperature : April to December = 23 to 26 ° - January to March = 21-23 °.

Socorro diving prices

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CABO PULMO DIVING REVIEW: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL REEF IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE!

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Diving Cabo pulmo reviews

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  • It’s simple when I got to Cabos san lucas I asked a fellow instructor, "So what is Cabo san lucas or La Paz best for?" », He replied directly: Cabo Pulmo! This marine reserve is not very well known to the general public, yet it is a little gem !
  • UNESCO listed, the reef is superb and shelters 6,000 marine species, including grouper, sea turtles, shoals of snappers, barracudas and trevallies. Cabo Pulmo is considered the most beautiful marine park in the western hemisphere!
  • We also find other rarer species. A colony sea lions normally appears from January to October on the Sea Lion Colony site. We can also more irregularly cross paths manta rays and schools of mobulas rays and every fall, whale sharks are seen on the El Bajo website.
  • Cherry on the cake, en due to the depth of the waters off the coast, in winter we can have the chance to see humpback whales and sperm whales.

Information to organize your diving trip to Cabo Pulmo

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  • Marine life Cabo pulmo
    • classical : a superb reef + grouper, barracuda, kingfish, turtle…
    • With luck : manta ray, school of mobulas rays.
    • Whale shark : October to November.
    • Sea lion : January to October (on the Sea Lion colony site).

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  • When is the best time to dive in Cabo pulmo ?
    The diving season in Cabo Pulmo is from August to April.

    • August to November : the best period for Cabo Pulmo, the sea is calm, the visibility is 30 m and rare species are passing by. The best 2 months being really September and October.
    • December to March : the sea becomes colder, if you're ok with that, it's the best time to spot humpback whales, gray whales and mobulas. Sea lions also have increased activity. However, it is also considered high season of tourism in Mexico, beware of the price and the world…
    • April to July : especially do not dive during this period, the visibility is rotten and the pelagics not present!
  • What are the best dive sites in Cabo pulmo: El Bajo, El Cantil, Islote, Sea Lion Colony.
  • Visibility : 20 m in summer / 10-15 m in winter due to the influx of plankton.
  • Temperature : April to December = 23 to 26 ° / January to March = 21-23 °.
  • How to dive in Cabo Pulmo ?
    • There are 5 centers / dive resorts in Cabo Pulmo
    • Or from Cabo san lucas (2h), see La Paz (3h).
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3. LA PAZ DIVING REVIEW: WHALE SHARK, SEA LIONS AND WHALES!

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Diving La Paz reviews

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  • La Paz offers a variety of dives for all types of divers and you have plenty of sites with lots of fish, tuna, wahoos, grouper, schools of trevallies and barracudas.... But we mostly come here to see some "Large" specimens according to the different seasons.
  • 20 years ago, La Paz was ultra fishy and hammerhead shark nurseries, There were hundreds across the bay, more than in Cocos island! But the fishermen went there and decimated the majority of the fish ... Hammerhead sharks are gradually rebuilding , so you can come across it on a lot of sites, especially september to february, but by chance.
  • Some species are there all year round, such as colonies of over 400 Sea lions in Los Islotes. The whale sharks they appear towards october and november for juveniles and rather towards spring for adults. We can also come across manta rays or resident schools of mobulas on several dive sites, especially in August and September.
  • One of the most spectacular things that can happen in La Paz is the meeting of whales ! And yes, 3 species of whales are commonly seen in season, the humpback and blue whales from December to April and bgray hawks from February to March.
  • Please note, the sites are quite far from the starting point and therefore the dives are rather expensive (about 170$ for 2 dives). And finally, do not go diving from May to July, the conditions are really crappy and no cool species!

Information to organize your diving stay in La Paz

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  • Marine life La Paz
    • classical : school of barracudas, school of trevallies, tuna, grouper, wahoo.
    • Whale shark : October and November (juvenile in the bay) and March to May (adult on the El Bajo site).
    • Hammerhead shark : mainly from September to February.
    • Sea lion : a colony of 400 individuals in Los islotes (note that the site is closed during the breeding period from June 1st to August 31st).
    • Manta Ray : August-September, especially at La Reina.
    • School of mobulas rays : December to March.
    • Humpback whale and blue whale : December to April.
    • Gray whale : February and March.
    • Dolphin : December to April (especially from the boat, less underwater…)

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  • When is the best time to dive in La Paz ?
    The diving season in La Paz is from August to April.

    • August to November : hot water, good visibility and whale shark in October-November. But it's cyclone season.
    • December to April : cooler water, but better time for whales and hammerhead sharks.
    • May June July : shitty conditions, cold waters and no cool species!
  • What are the best dive sites in La Paz: El Bajo, La reina, Los islotes, The Salvatierra (wreck).
  • Visibility : 20 m from June to November / 10-15 m from December to May due to the influx of plankton.
  • Temperature : 27 ° from June to November / 18-23 ° from December to May.
  • How to dive in La Paz ?
    • You have lots of diving centers / resorts.
    • The Phocéa center for the French.
  • Access : 2 hours from Cabo san lucas international airport.
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4. CABO SAN LUCAS DIVING REVIEW: HAMMERHEADS, SEA LIONS, AND WHALE SHARKS!

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Diving Cabo san lucas reviews

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  • Cabo San Lucas is a popular seaside resort, especially for Americans, but it is also the place where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean creating an underwater environment apart ! All types of divers can go to Cabo, beginners will stay in the bay and the more experienced will go along the walls a little further. Each site will have a bit of its specialty.
  • On most sites, you will see small schools of fish of all kinds, turtle, guitar skate, school of barracudas, electric skate, grouper, moray eel
  • Then, like many places in Baja California, you will surely have the opportunity to meet Sea lions, especially on the Pelican rock website.
  • Not to be missed, the site of Gordon banks where you have large pelagics (silky shark, mako shark, grouper, schools of jacks, tuna, mackerel ...) and above all THE corner site for the chance to see hammerhead sharks ! And if you're really lucky mantas can make their appearance!
  • Finally the corridor site, a little more off the coast, offers good macro (crustacean, nudibranch, seahorse ...), sometimes allows you to meet skate schools (mobula or cow nose) and is the best area to see whales during the season (December to April).

Information to organize your diving stay in Cabo san lucas

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  • Marine life in Cabo san lucas :
    • Classic: small school of fish, turtle, guitar line, barracudas school, electric line, grouper, snapper, octopus ...
    • If you are lucky : eagle ray, bull shark (May to November), school of cow-nose rays (kind of mobula ray with the head of an eagle ray :)), school of mobula rays, tuna, mackerel ...
    • Hammerhead shark : October to December (at Gordo banks).
    • Silky shark, mako shark : all year round (at Gordo banks).
    • Humpback whale : December to March (especially in the Corridor).
    • Whale shark : October to January (at the Corridor).
    • Sea lion : October to March (at Pelican rock).

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  • When is the best time to dive in Cabo san lucas?
    The diving season in Cabo san lucas
    is from August to April.

    • August to November : hot water, good visibility, but it's cyclone season.
    • December to April : colder water, but better time for pelagics (whales, hammerhead shark, whale shark, shoal of mobulas).
    • May to July : avoid this period, the water is cold and nothing special to see!
  • What are the best dive sites in Cabo san lucas: Gordo banks, Pelican rock, Lands end, the Corridor.
  • Visibility : 20m in summer / 10-15m in winter due to the influx of plankton.
  • Temperature : August-November = 25-30 ° / December-July = 18-22 °.
  • How to dive at Cabo san lucas : full of diving centers and dive resorts.
  • Access : Cabo san lucas international airport.
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5. GUADALUPE DIVING REVIEW: DIVING WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS!

The best liveaboard diving cruises for Guadalupe here

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Diving Guadalupe reviews

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  • Guadalupe is a small volcanic island hundreds of kilometers from the coast of Mexico. It has become one of the most famous places to see great white sharks in a cage ! It is of course the most dangerous fish (without known predators), but also one of the most exciting to see !
  • Liveaboards have cages they bring down to a certain depth under the boat and gives you a 360 ° vision. While you are underwater, the air is given to you by a system from the boat, so you have as much as you want. You will do 3 to 4 sessions per day.
  • The season is short (3 months from August to September) and departures are from Ensenada north of Baja California or even San Diego in the US.
  • There are no other dives offered around for obvious reasons!

Info to organize your diving trip to Guadalupe

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  • Marine life : only the great white shark.
  • When is the best time to dive in Guadalupe?
    The diving season in Guadalupe
      is from August to October.
  • Temperature : 20-22 °.

Diving Guadalupe prices

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6. COZUMEL DIVING REVIEW: ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN REEFS!

The full article on dives in Cozumel here

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Cozumel diving reviews

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  • Dives in Cozumel are superb, various corals, from all the colours and in good health, a exceptional visibility, reefs with particular topographies proposing to cross faults, caves and other caves. Without a doubt one of the best reef in the Caribbean.
  • In addition to all the classic Caribbean species, turtles are everywherethere is a lot of stingrays, some nurse sharks, small snapper benches or jacks ...
  • You also have the season of eagle rays in winter, where hundreds of young rays gather north of Cozumel, beautiful!

Information to organize your diving stay in Cozumel

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  • Cozumel marine life
    • Classic: small school of fish, turtle, nurse shark, stingray, grouper, lobster, moray eel, toadfish…
    • Eagle Ray : December to February.
  • When is the best time to dive in Cozumel?
    The diving season in Cozumel
    is all year round.
  • Best Cozumel dive sites : Palancar reef, Colombia reef, Devil's troat (Punta sur), Paseo del Cedral.
  • Visibility : 30 to 50 m.
  • Temperature : 25-30 °.
  • How to dive at Cozumel ?
    • The best is to stay on the island, there are about 50 diving centers and clubs and a lot of accommodation.
    • Otherwise, all the dive centers and clubs in Playa del Carmen go for day trips every day.
  • Where to stay in Cozumel ?

Cozumel diving prices

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  • Dive only rate : approximately 50$ without equipment per dive.
  • Equipment rental price : about 10$.
  • Cenote diving price from Cozumel: about 150$ for 2 dives + boat to Playa del Carmen.
  • Diving price Bull shark Playa del Carmen : 100 to 150$ + boat to Playa del Carmen.
  • Price swimming with whale sharks (snorkeling, snorkel mask, PMT): around 180 to 200 $ + boat to Playa del Carmen.
  • Price swimming with swordfish (snorkeling, snorkel mask, PMT): around 180 to 200 $ + boat to Playa del Carmen.
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7. CENOTES DIVING REVIEW: A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!

The full article on diving in Cenotes here

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Cenote Diving Reviews

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  • Yucatan Cenotes in Mexico are truly unique in the world ! Dive into these networks of tunnels and caves breathtaking lighting is exceptional. Experiment halocline (the meeting of fresh water and salt water) in certain Cenotes is also very particular. The Cenotes were on my bucket list and I really enjoyed doing them!
  • The number of Cenotes to make will depend on your desires and your wallet, but they are all different. If you make the best known, Dos Ojos, read the full article to find out how to do it in good conditions!
  • You can do the Cenotes from Playa del Carmen, but I recommend Tulum, you are still much closer (so the prices are lower).

Information to organize your diving stay in Cenotes

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  • What we see when diving in the Cenotes : almost nothing, 3 fish fighting in a duel! But what a pleasure to walk in these submerged caves.
  • When is the best time to dive in Cenote?
    Cenote diving season
    is all year round, but the months of May to September have the best visibility.
  • Visibility : incredible, up to 100 m (fresh water).
  • Temperature : 24-25 °.
  • What are the best dives Cenotes:
    • Dream Gate and Dos Ojos: the best ones to really explore cave systems.
    • The Pit: the best light shows.
    • Angelita: experiment with the transition from fresh water to salt water by a layer of halocline.
    • Car wash: spectacular lighting effects.
    • Calavera: impressive view from the top of the Cenote.
    • Tajma Ha: a beautiful system of caves.
    • Zapote : a unique configuration with kinds of bells under the halocline.

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  • What level of diving is necessary to dive in Cenotes
    • Do not dive in cenotes if you do not have good buoyancy!
    • All the clubs are different but normally, they take from open water / level 1, but often they do a dive before to see your level.
    • If above advanced / level 2, they should take you directly to Cenote diving
  • How to dive in Cenotes :
    • The best is from Tulum, because closer and a little cheaper
    • But possible from Playa del Carmen, which has the advantage of being closer to Cozumel.
  • Where to stay in Cenotes? Accommodation near the Cenotes in Tulum here.

Cenote diving prices

  • Tulum Cenotes Diving Award : approximately 100$ for 1 dive, 150-180$ for 2 dives.
  • Cenotes diving prices from Playa del Carmen : about 150-180$ for 2 dives.
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8. BANCO CHINCHORRO DIVING REVIEW: THE HIDDEN GEM IN THE YUCATAN!

Full article on dives at Banco Chinchorro here

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Banco Chinchorro Dive Reviews

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  • After being disappointed with Mahahual I was advised to go to Banco Chinchorro. This biosphere reserve just opposite (which I had never heard before) is still the largest atoll in the northern hemisphere ! Well, that's good, the dives I did were better than Isla Mujeres and Mahahual, cool corals, sea turtles, nurse sharks, but I did not rave once underwater. In addition, it is quite expensive to go there (150-200$ the day).
  • I think it can evolve in the coming years, it's just not well organized yet, but there is a huge potential, I heard about hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, goliath groupers ... It's also a wreck cemetery, there's a 40e of which only 9 are allowed to dive for the moment.

Information to organize your diving stay at Banco Chinchorro

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  • Marine life : grouper, nurse shark, stingray, moray…
  • When is the best time to dive in Banco Chinchorro ? The diving season at Banco Chinchorro is all year round.
  • What are the best dive sites in Banco Chinchorro : Punta gonzalez, Gran muro, Aquario, SS inger skou.
  • Visibility : 15-20 m.
  • Temperature : 25-30 °.
  • How to dive at Banco Chinchorro?
    • Departures are from Mahahual.
    • There are a dozen centers, but they do not leave every day.
  • Access : departure by boat from Mahahual (1 hour from Playa del Carmen).
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9. DIVE REVIEW WITH BULL SHARKS IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN!

The full article on dives in Playa del Carmen here

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Diving Playa del Carmen reviews

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  • To shorten it, the best dives in Playa del Carmen are the least beautiful in Cozumel… So I didn't even dive into it, after Cozumel it was not worth it. By cons, I did not miss diving with bull sharks, that's to do! Attention it's only mid-November to mid-February.
  • A new diver will surely find Playa dives pleasant and easy (without too much current), but if you are an experienced diver don't dive there (except bullsharks).
  • The advantage of Playa (apart from partying for those who love) is to be well located to do all that the Yucatan has to offer: Cozumel (right in front 45 min by boat), and access to CeNotes (less than 1 hour drive).
  • A common misconception is that we can see swordfish and whale sharks year round in Playa. Already, you will need a little trip (1h30 by car to Cancun then 3h by boat), because this is actually happening off Isla Mujeres. Then, they both have a seasonality: swordfish (January / February), and whale sharks (mid-June / mid-September).

Information to organize your diving stay in Playa del Carmen

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  • Playa del Carmen marine life : classic Caribbean fish, with an increasingly destroyed reef…
  • When is the best time to dive with thebull sharks in Playa del carmen?
    The season for bull sharks is from mid-November to mid-February.
  • What is the diving season in Playa del Carmen : all year.
  • What are the best dive sites in Playa del Carmen: the bull shark site!
  • Visibility : 30 m.
  • Temperature : 25-28 ° C.
  • How to dive with bull sharks in Playa del Carmen ?
    • It is “shark feeding”, a dive where they feed the sharks to make them come.
    • You will therefore be on your knees on the ground and you will not move.
    • The largest centers in Playa del Carmen offer this dive (they have agreements between them on the schedules so as not to go there together).

The full article on bull shark diving in Playa del Carmen here

Diving Playa del Carmen prices

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  • Dive only rate : approximately 50$ without equipment per dive.
  • Equipment rental price : about 10$.
  • Cozumel diving price from Playa del Carmen: about 150$ for 2 dives.
  • Cenote diving price from Playa del Carmen: about 150$ for 2 dives.
  • Diving price Bull shark Playa del Carmen : 100 to 150$.
  • Price swimming with whale sharks Playa del carmen (snorkeling, snorkel mask, PMT): around 180 to 200 $.
  • Price swimming with swordfish Playa del carmen (snorkeling, snorkel mask, PMT): around 180 to 200 $.
1.Socorro 2.Cabo pulmo 3.La Paz 4.Cabo san lucas 5.Guadalupe 6.Cozumel 7.Cenote 8.Banco chinchorro 9.Carmen beach 10.Isla Mujeres

10. ISLA MUJERES DIVING REVIEW: SARDINE RUN OF SWORDFISH AND WHALE SHARKS!

The full article on diving in Isla Mujeres here

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Diving Isla mujeres reviews

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  • Isla Mujeres is a small island with a relaxed atmosphere right across from Cancun. Off its coasts (towards Isla Contoy to be more precise) occur 2 events spectacular : a sardine run and the grouping of whale sharks.
  • When you do research you think it’s all happening around Cozumel, or Playa del Carmen, but it’s actually happening off Isla mujeres at hours of boat. But these events are so exceptional that most reservations are made from these 2 places (even if the boat departures are from the north of Cancun so you have to take 2 hours by bus, then 3 hours by boat…). In itself, Isla mujeres is the closest, but apart from these events, diving is not of high quality for an experienced diver on the island.
  • The ascent of the sardines (or the "sardine run") is less impressive than that of South Africa, but is still a incredible events because sailfish swordfish come together by ten and throw themselves into the sardine shoals! This is happening on a very short period of 2 months between January and February. You can do this day trip, but many centers offer multi-day packages to maximize your chances. This would be only snorkeling, not diving
  • For the whale sharks, the period is normally between mid-June and mid-September. Be aware that there are a lot of people and that it will not be diving, but in snorkeling only.

Information to organize your diving stay in Isla Mujeres

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  • Marine life: classic Caribbean fish.
  • What is the best time for whale sharks in Isla mujeres?
    • The whale shark season at Isla Mujeres is from June to September.
    • Only in snorkeling.
    • It's a day trip.
  • What is the best time for the sardine run with swordfish at Isla mujeres:
    • The sardine season run in Mexico is from January to the end of February.
    • Nothing is guaranteed, so the centers sometimes offer multi-day outing packages.
    • Only in snorkeling.
    • Chances of seeing sailfish swordfish !
  • Where To Stay In Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres diving prices

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  • 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.
1.Socorro 2.Cabo pulmo 3.La Paz 4.Cabo san lucas 5.Guadalupe 6.Cozumel 7.Cenote 8.Banco chinchorro 9.Carmen beach 10.Isla Mujeres

THE BEST DIVING IN MEXICO BY SPECIES

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  • Whale shark diving Mexico : Socorro, La Paz, Cabo pulmo, Cabo san lucas, Isla Mujeres (snorkeling).

  • Diving rwhite equine mexico : Guadalupe.

  • See whales in Mexico : Socorro, La Paz, Cabo san lucas.

  • Swordfish swordfish (sardine run) Mexico : Isla Mujeres.

  • Manta ray diving Mexico : Socorro.

  • Eagle ray diving Mexico : Cozumel, Playa del carmen, Isla mujeres.

  • Bull shark diving Mexico : Playa del Carmen.

MY PERSONAL DIVING REVIEW ON MEXICO

Less dense in fish and diversified than Asia, the Mexico has a lot for him. Already, all types of divers can find their account from beginner to experienced. If you want easy access (7 hour direct flight from Paris to Cancun) and a good diving holiday week, go to Yucatan, and choose your period well (sardine run or whale shark), personally I will go February because more possibilities! If you are more adventurous and you have the means,Go to the Pacific side, there are really incredible species to see there: whale, whale shark, hammerhead shark, sea lion… !

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