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Isla Mujeres dive guide

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Isla Mujeres diving counts numerous dive sites around the island with sites suitable for beginners and others more suitable for the experienced diver. Among the dives are Reef Dives, Deep Dives to several Shipwrecks, the Sleeping Shark Cave and other sites with natural formations like caves, tunnels and arches.

Isla Mujeres known for it's very good diving is a tiny island off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. The reef system, which lays next to Cancun and Isla Mujeres runs from Florida all the way south to Honduras.

The close proximity of the Manchones reef and the gentle current makes Isla Mujeres an ideal spot for divers of all levels. Many of the locations around the island go to a depth of only 30 - 40 feet/9-12 meters with an average water temperature of 78 - 82 degrees Farenheit (26 -28 Celsius). The extraordinary variety of terrain, plant and sea life offer an exciting dive for the beginner as well as the more advanced diver. Isla Mujeres is known for its drift diving. Visibility is usually good 80-100feet/24-30 meters with more than 40 dive sites most of which can be reached in less than 25 minutes.

Some of the dive sites you may dive while in Isla Mujeres are:

Manchones Reef with over 800 meters/2'625 feet of reef. Here great fields of elk horn, stag horn and brain coral can be seen as well as vibrant colors of the reef and abundant schools of blue tangs, wrasse, grunts, and snappers. The depth is from 30-40 feet/9-12 meters.

Sleeping Sharks Cave at a depth of 50-60 feet/ 15-18 meters is an isolated and wild area to dive where you can see a variety of sharks. The bull, black tip, gray reef sharks, and nurse sharks are frequently seen.

Bandera Reef at 35 feet/11 meters a long, elongated coral reef topped with elk-horn coral and cut through with ledges and overhangs is halfway between Cancun & Isla Mujeres. Schools of barracuda and pompano swarm over the reef as well as large crabs, spotted moray eels, langosta, and angel fish. This is a 40 feet/12 meters dive.

Tavos Reef an obscure dive site is a small reef coupled with unique lime stone formations that have created a variety of crevices and tunnels. This dive site attracts gray and white-tip reef sharks which seem to enjoy swimming through the arches and overhangs.

Media Luna is 30-40 feet/9-12 meters dive with unique arches, ridges, and ledges that make it a great dive for underwater exploring.

Fresh water Cenote diving is easily accessible with just a short ride to the mainland. Unique to the area are huge fresh water caverns decorated with stalactites and stalagmites. A true wonder to be explored by divers

There are several spectacular wrecks with abundant marine life in the nearby waters of Isla Mujeres:
Ultrafreeze is a 100 feet/30 meters deep sunken cargo ship 7 miles/4 km off Isla Mujeres recommended for advanced divers. Corals and sponges have grown on the wreck over the years making this ship is a truly a spectacular artificial reef. Turtles and rays are also frequently seen here.

HondureÒo Wreck (Camaronero) at a depth of 70 feet/21 meters is a shrimp boat 40 meters long, that sank during Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. There you will see Green Morey Eels 1.5 meters long, Nurse Sharks, Rainbow Parrot Fish, schools of Cobia fish, Groupers, Amberjacks and Snappers.

The Chairel is a car ferry (and was also a floating restaurant for a short time in the early 90s in the Cancun hotel zone) that was sunk around 1999.

CaÒonero Wreck (C55)at a depth of 90 feet is suitable for intermediate to advanced divers due to the currents that regularly sweep this wreck. . Also referred to as the Navy Boat, this U.S. Navy minesweeper entered service in 1942 as the USS Symbol.

CaÒonero Wreck (C53) lies at 85 feet/26 meters and is for advanced divers because there is a current. Before transfer to the Mexican Navy in 1972, this ship was also a U.S. Navy minesweeper and patrolled these very waters during World War II.

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