Cancún, Cozumel, and the Mayan Rivera are well known destinations to those who love the sun and sea. The Beaches, resorts and nightlife of Mexico are world renowned. The truth of it is that it was the scuba divers who first came here to the wonderful reefs and the inland cenotes.
Their love of the Mexican land and sea started the tourism industry that now attracts over five million people a year. While scuba diving is now just one of the activities available to the tourist, divers come from all over the world just to dive here.
There is diving for all skill levels. Discover divers and snorkelers have a wide range of dive sites to choose from. Novice divers and those just becoming certified will have amazing dives. Drift divers and deep divers have walls they will always remember.
In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Yucatán, Mexico.
We’ve summed up the best diving sites of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula right here:
MUSA(Museo Subacuático de Arte)
Was formed in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta. MUSA consists of over 500 permanent life-sized and monumental sculptures and is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world. Cancun is one o the most popular dive destinations in the world. The pressure on the reef with so many divers was causing harm to it. MUSA was created on an area of sand near the reef. Sections of the museum are designed for scuba divers while other sections are also great for snorkelers and viewers from glass bottom boats.
Santa Rosa Wall is a Cozumel dive site. Many consider it the signature dive of Cozumel. Santa Rosa is a reef that is about 50 feet deep. Off the edge of the reef is a steep wall that drops beyond recreational dive limits. The wall generally has a mild current that make for an excellent slow drift dive. However, this site is generally not suitable for novice divers as the currents can change without notice and can be very strong.
Paradise Reef off Cozumel. This reef is just within the marine park and is close to where the cruise ships dock. Depths range from just 25 feet to 40 feet and is a great site for novice divers and training. It is three coral ridges with a sandy bottom between them. Marine life is lively and divest. It is also a leading snorkeling site since currents are none to mild and visibility is great. Night divers consider this one of the best sites.
Gran Cenote nearTulum Riviera Maya Mexico. If you only dive one cenote, this one should be high on your list. Easy to get to it offers opportunities to swim, snorkel, scuba dive and cavern diving.
Bull Shark Point Playa Del Carmen: Playa Del Carmen has become know for bull shark diving. Bull sharks may be the most dangerous of the shark species. They account for most of the shark attacks and can be found in both fresh and salt waters. Still, with precautions it is safe to dive with them. Each year from November to March pregnant females come here to give birth. Divers are able to see perhaps dozens of these apex creatures. To some these dives are controversial, and some dive operators may act in manners that are not in the best interest of everyone including the divers and sharks. Please consider the guidelines from saving our sharks.