Cruz diving offers good diving and is situated on one of the most important reef formations
of Mexico. There are about 14 different dive sites to be visited
and each dive spot has 2-5 different dives. Each one of the
spots has 2 to 5 different dives. Depending on the divers level
there are dive sites for beginners as well as intermediate and
some for the well advanced divers.
water temperature fluctuates between 25 and 30°C/77°F
and 86°F in April to October and 12 to 24°C/54°F
to 75°F from November to March. The cold water usually arrives
full of plankton from the deep open sea and when this mixes
with the warm water it turns to a deep green color. Therefore
in the hottest weeks it could form the phenomenon red tide in
certain areas nd decrease the visibility to
10-20feet/ 3-6 meters. A few days presiding the full moon the
sea has wave movements known as "rebalses" and these
affect beaches, tips of bays and Islands exposed to the sea.
This may also lower the visibiity depending on the spot.
dominant winds blow from the west almost all year round
and sometimes max. force is 40km/64 miles per hour.
Sometimes strong winds blow fronm the south and are not favorable
underwater topography is sandy, rocky and mountainous
just like the coastline with some underwater valleys,
walls and small caves with small soft corals (gorgonians),
trees, fans and hard corals, type ripio in different formations.
Very common here are acroporas and mushroom corals almost totally
different compared to the Mexican Caribbean bottom..
marine life is colourful and you're most likely to
encounter angel fish, butterfly fish, manta rays, moray
eels, stone fish and white spotted eagle rays just
to name a few. In fact if you're lucky you may even spot turtles,
and nurse sharks.
coral surrounding Vera Cruz is comparable to the tongue
and groove reefs off the Yucatan. Trans-oceanic commerce over
the past five centuries has engendered numerous unfortunate
contact between the coral reefs and shipping, which has created
a system of artificial reefs to complement the natural coral
port of Vera Cruz is situated at the entrance of the
city. Facing it's beaches is one of the most important reef
systems of Mexico. It's declared a national marine reserve because
of its coral which preserves the biodiversity of the port. It's
an ideal sport for diving to admire the marine beauty in these
Island of sacrifices is opposite the port of Vera Cruz.
It's name is derived from the sacrifices that the first inhabitants
of the Island used to carry out. Surrounded by some of the richest
and mostz beautiful coral in the world this island is ideal
for diving and snorkeling.