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Costa Maya Diving

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Costa Maya dive guide


Costa Maya diving, also known as "Mahahual" offers great opportunities to dive the excellent local dive sites. Banco Chinchorro is the largest atoll in the northern hemisphere. Located about the 30 kms off shore shore it is well known for the fauna and flora and the lots of wrecks that are found mainly on the east side of the atol.

The diving is fantastic on the Meso-American Barrier Reef System which stretches from Cozumel in the north to Honduras in
south. It is the largest barrier reef system in the northern hemisphere and sections of the reef are said to be aged between 2-4 million years old..

Most dive sites can accomodate beginners as well as experienced divers and there is very little current northward which makes diving easy.
You can expect visibility of about 25 meters/80 feet and
water temperatures of 27°C/78°F.

The marine life is composed of a variety of tropical Carribean reef fish like butterfly fish, damsels, parrot fish and wrasses. Also common are turtles, moray eels, stingrays barracuda and lobsters.

Finger formations characterise this section of the reef fringing Costa Maya which creates canyons and swim throughs.
There are very many types of hard and soft corals. There's healthy plate coral all around nestled in between cactus corals and ancient boulder corals.

The Chincorro Banks are approximately 31km/19miles off the coast of Mahahual. It consists of an expansive coral reef formation and covers an area of approximately 144,000hectares/346,000acres. It is the largest atoll in the Northern Hemisphere, and the only atoll in Mexican Waters. It is approximately 15km/9miles wide and nearly 48km/30miles long. There are 95 different species of coral and over 200 different species of fish.

Visibility here is usually 25 to 30meters/80 to 100feet with light currents but which bring a lot of nutrients to the reef.

The Chincorro is made up of vertical and sloping walls. The reef is home to endangered sea turtles, giant barrel sponges, elephant ear sponges, elkhorn coral, brain coral and conch. The rare to see bat fish and the goliath grouper can also be seen at Chincorro. If you're lucky you may spot dolphins.

There are numerous dive sites some of which are Mahahual Reef, Rio Bermejo, Sea Witch, San Antonio and La Chiminea just to name a few.

Grouper Point south of Costa Maya is particular because in the months of February and March, the grouper spawn, from about three days prior till three days after the full moon. It's amazing to see so many groupers assembled. The chances of seeing sharks on this dive are high because the spawning attracts white tips and lemon sharks.This dive is at a depth of between 16-30 meters/52-98 feet.

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