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Ixtapa dive guide


Ixtapa diving in the Mexican Pacific offers a wide range of diversity in marine flora and fauna. There are amazing rock formations, colorful coral reefs and great variety of species and numerous good sites for diving. The kind of marine life you are likely to encounter are dolphins, whales, rays, stone fish and moray eels just to name a few.

Water temperatures and visibility vary constantly through the year. Visibility can range from about 15 feet/5 meters up to about 120 feet/40 meters and water temperatures can range from about 60°F/16°C up to about 95°F/36°C.

Ixtapa region counts more than 50 popular dive sites sme of which are:

Islas Blancas which ishas depths varying from 20 feet to 70 feet/6-21 meters. It's a very good place for beginners to take a course or just have a relaxing dive and it's very rich in flora and fauna.

La Majahua has an extensive littoral (the area between high and low tide) with impacted rocks and cliffs.

Punta Carrizo is made up of cliffs rich in marine life overall. Starfish, sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and lobsters are common sights. Punta San Esteban has a shoal with a variety of fish swimming in and out of the cracks. Outside the wall schools of small reef fish gather to feed. Gorodina is formed of large rocks that run perpendicular to the coast, separated by aisles of sand and smaller rocks and full of marine life.

Sacramento is a chain of rock formations in the form of a pyramid just 20 minutes northeast of Zihuatanejo Bay.
The ocean floor is filled with large rocks, canals, valleys, and small caverns with many schools of brightly colored fish.
It's agreat spot for underwater photography.

Los Morros de Potosi is one of the most fascinating diving areas of the Mexican Pacific. There are three large white granite rocks emerging from the water and their whiteness has given them the name "los Frailes Blancos". There's a perfect equilibrium of marine fauna and a great variety of birds including pelicans and seagulls, whose guano gives these rocks their characteristic white color. There are varying depths on this site which go from 30-130 feet/9-37 meters but because of the strong currents this site is recommended only for experienced divers, though there are protected areas where beginners can dive. At the Morros de Potosi there are also caves cliffs, canals, tunnels, vertical walls and an abundance of marine life.

Piedra Solitaria, a circular route around the rock can be under taken at varios depths and will always allow you to experience a huge variety of sea life. Large rock formations, and abundance of algae and different species of fish swimming in shoals make it a special dive site. The Solitary Rock is found at only 2.5 miles/1.5 km away from Zihuatanejo Pier and its walls go down to 132 feet/40 meters. This site is ideal for night dives, deep dives, multi-level dives and many others.

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