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Vera Cruz Diving

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Vera Cruz dive guide


Vera 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.

The 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.

The 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 for diving.

The 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..

The 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.

The 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 systems.

The 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 6 reefs.

The 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.

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