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Cancun dive guide


Cancun scuba diving is widely known for it's diversity. It's situated on the world's second largest barrier reef "Palancar Reef" and is a premier dive destination. Cancun has every type of diving from open water reef dives, to wrecks to caverns and caves.

In Cancun most dive operators offer several options for all levsls of divers from the beginners to the experienced divers.
Due to the constant currents in the Mexican Caribbean much of the diving is "Drift Diving".

Cancun water temperatures are basically warm all year long, varying from 78°F-80°F/25°C-26°C in the winter months to 82°F-84°F/27°C-29°C in the summer months. The coolest months are December and January and the hottest are July and August. Visibility near Cancun is usually 50-100 feet/15-30 meters. In Cancun's famous Cenotes, the visibility often exceeds an icredible 300 feet/91 meters.

There are a lot of good spots for diving in and around Cancun. These include:

Bandera Reef which is a long, elongated coral reef with elk-horn coral and cut through with ledges and overhangs mid-way between Cancun & Isla Mujeres. On this reef you may encounter schools of barracuda as well as large crabs, spotted moray eels and angel fish.

Manchones Reef is one of the favorites for divers of all levels of skill and underwater photographers. With over 800 meters of reef, you’ll see mafnificent fields of elk horn, stag horn and brain coral! The bright colors of the reef and abundant schools of snappers, wrasse and blue tangs are a treat for most divers. The depth ranges from 30-40 feet/9-12 meters. Manchones Reef is also home to the Cruz de la Bahia (Cross of the Bay) which was placed at Manchones August 17, 1997.

The Navy Minesweeper wreck at a depth of 70 feet/21 meters is a great dive. The contents of this wreck are still quite intact.

For the Cenotes and Cave lovers there are huge fresh water caverns decorated with stalactites and stalagmites to explore.
The cenotes are geological ‘faults’ or ‘sinkholes’ created by the long-term effects of rainwater passing through the porous limestone aquifer that makes up much of the Yucatan Peninsula. Erosion of the aquifer forms caves and tunnels beneath the surface, and when the ground collapses into a water-formed cave, a sinkhole or cenote appears. Many cenotes are very large, deep and riddled with water-filled tunnels that can extend underground for very long distances. Extremely clear water creates an incredible diving experience in a unique environment. Cenotes are found from Quintana Roo all the way into Central America.

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