The Mexico is a huge country with great diving areas. The Caribbean side, on the Yucatan Peninsula have several Site (s perfect for a diving trip to Mexico! Cozumel is certainly the most famous destination and is undoubtedly in the top 5 dives of the Caribbean. The Tulum cenotes when it comes to them, really diving apart! One of the most visited sites is Playa del carmen due to its ideal positioning to do all that the Yucatan has to offer, but also for its bull sharks in season! Finally if you want more tranquility, go to Mahahual, Banco chinchorro or Xcalak. Find yourself below les meilleures destination plongée du Yucatan au Mexique.

Context : I did 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.

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WHERE TO DIVE IN YUCATAN IN MEXICO?

Some best dive sites in Yucatan Mexico :

  1. COZUMEL : The most beautiful rreef!!!of the Caribbean
  2. CENOTES : A unique experience
  3. PLAYA DEL CARMEN : Diving with bulldog sharks
  4. ISLA MUJERES : sardine run swordfish and whale shark
  5. BANCO CHINCHORRO : the hidden reserve of Yucatan
  6. MAHAHUAL : Playa del Carmen from 20 years ago
  7. XCALAK : Dive at the end of the Yucatan

BEST DIVING DESTINATIONS FROM YUCATAN TO MEXICO REVIEW AND INFO

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  • Clearly Cozumel is the Yucatan's best destination in Mexico.
  • Whale shark season Mexico (the biggest gathering in the world): June to September.
  • Bulldog shark season Mexico : November to February.
  • Swordfish season Mexico (sardine run) : January to February (Isla mujeres).
  • Eagle ray season Mexico : December to February (Cozumel and Isla mujeres).

BEST DIVING SOPTS OF YUCATAN IN MEXICO 

What are the best Yucatan dive sites in Mexico?

1.Cozumel 2.cenotes 3.Playa del carmen 4.Isla Mujeres 5.Banco Chinchorro 6.Mahahual 7.Xcalak

1. COZUMEL DIVING OPINION: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL REEFS OF THE CARIBBEAN!

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.
1.Cozumel 2.cenotes 3.Playa del carmen 4.Isla Mujeres 5.Banco Chinchorro 6.Mahahual 7.Xcalak

2. CENOTES DIVING OPINION: 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 does it take 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.
1.Cozumel 2.cenotes 3.Playa del carmen 4.Isla Mujeres 5.Banco Chinchorro 6.Mahahual 7.Xcalak

3. DIVE NOTICE PLAYA DEL CARMEN: SEE BULLDOG SHARKS!

Full article on dives in Playa del Carmen

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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 diving with bulldog sharks from 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.Cozumel 2.cenotes 3.Playa del carmen 4.Isla Mujeres 5.Banco Chinchorro 6.Mahahual 7.Xcalak

4. ISLA MUJERES DIVING OPINION: 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

Diving Isla mujeres 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.Cozumel 2.cenotes 3.Playa del carmen 4.Isla Mujeres 5.Banco Chinchorro 6.Mahahual 7.Xcalak

5. BANCO CHINCHORRO DIVING OPINION: THE HIDDEN YUCATAN RESERVE!

Full article on dives at Banco Chinchorro here

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Banco chinchorro diving 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 Chonchorro

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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).
1.Cozumel 2.cenotes 3.Playa del carmen 4.Isla Mujeres 5.Banco Chinchorro 6.Mahahual 7.Xcalak

6. MAHAHUAL DIVING OPINION: PLAYA DEL CARMEN 20 YEARS AGO!

The full article on Mahahual dives at here

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Mahahual diving ascrew

  • Mahahual a little very nice seaside resort and booming, but hey, it's like Isla Mujeres, that not worth it for an experienced diver. To learn why not, good atmosphere and good conditions.
  • If you go to Mahahual, it is better to dive at the Banco Chinchorro reserve, in front.

Information to organize your diving stay in Mahahual

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  • Mahahual marine life : classic Caribbean fish.
  • When is the best time to dive in Mahahual ? Mahahual diving season is all year round.
  • Visibility : 15-20 m.
  • Temperature : 25-30 °.
  • How to dive at Banco Chinchorro?There are a dozen diving centers / clubs.
  • Where to stay in Mahahual
1.Cozumel 2.cenotes 3.Playa del carmen 4.Isla Mujeres 5.Banco Chinchorro 6.Mahahual 7.Xcalak

7. XCALAK DIVING OPINION: AT THE END OF THE YUCATAN!

The full article on diving at Xcalak here

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Diving Xcalak ascrew

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  • So I was advised Xcalak when I was in Cozumel. Indeed, their best diving La Posa (Tarpon hole) is worth the cost, see Tarpaulins benches it's unique (still need to do it in the right conditions). But other than that, the other dives did not ignite me. I did 2 dives and I left.
  • I will not spend a week diving there. In addition, there is nothing in Xcalak, but really nothing, a few houses, 2 restaurants, a hostel and a single dive center! Finally, dives are expensive ($ 50).

Information to organize your diving stay in Xcalak

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  • Marine life in Xcalal : the classic Caribbean fish + tarpons on the La Posa site.
  • When is the best time to dive in Xcalak ? The diving season at Xcalak is from March to November.
  • What are the best dive sites in Xcalak: La Posa (Tarpon Hole) and La Chimenea.
  • Visibility : 15-20 m.
  • Temperature : 25-30 °.
  • How to dive in?
    • Departures are from Mahahual.
    • There are a dozen centers, but they do not leave every day.
  • There are very few accommodation in Xcalak, I really advise you to book before!
1.Cozumel 2.cenotes 3.Playa del carmen 4.Isla Mujeres 5.Banco Chinchorro 6.Mahahual 7.Xcalak

HOW TO GO TO YUCATAN IN MEXICO

It is very simple to Getting to Yucatan from Cancun International Airport and the highway that runs along the Mayan Riviera.

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MY DIVING REVIEW ON YUCATAN IN MEXICO

The Yucatan at Mexico is fairly easy to access and can be suitable for all categories of divers. For a demanding diver who wishes to make a diving trip to Mexico, ie recommend Cozumel and the cenotes and I advise against all the others! If I had a choice today, I would come for 2 weeks between mid-January and mid-February. I would start with 6-7 days of dives in Cozumel, going to the maximum to the south (Palancar, Colombia reef and Punta sur) and going to see also the eagle rays to the north. I will then go to Tulum and I will do 2 to 3 days of Cenotes. I would come back to Playa one day for do the bulldog sharks. I will not finish 3-4 days on Isla Mujeres, I will not dive, but I will go the swordfish excursion off Isla Contoy.

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