the diving guide for the different regions of the Yucatan
on the left.
Yucatan Peninsula offers excellent diving opportunities
on the Great Maya Barrier Reef. This reef stretches from the
north end of the Yucatan Peninsula all the way down to the Belize
coast and Honduras. Yucatan diving is as varied as could be
with reef diving, drift diving, caves,
the famous cenotes, wrecks and an abundance of
very interesting marine life. Occasionally divers can spot
manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins and sharks.
The variety of dive sites makes it possible for novices
and experienced divers to enjoy exploring.
Always dive according to your level of training. Never
enter the water without checking with the local dive center
for safety, additional information, level required for each
dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided above is purely informative for
our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average air temperature in summer between 30-40°C (86-104°F)
and minimum 20°C (during winter).
Average Water surface temperatures 20°C (86°F)
Visibility often going to 30 metres (95 feet)
Coldest time, December to February
warmest time, July and August
Possible to dive all year round
Best time to dive November, March
Cozumel, the largest
island on the eastern coast has a tremendous variety of marine
life. Encounters with toadfish, turtles, sea stars and feather
stars are common. From April to September is the best time
to see the toadfish but they can also be seen at other times
of the year.
The east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo is protected
by the barrier reef. Cancun
and Tulum boast some of
the world's most beautiful beaches and beginners
can enjoy diving here because the conditions are very calm.
These beaches are also a heaven for non divers.
The Chinchorro atoll from the Costa
Maya, further south and part of the Great Maya Barrier Reef
has lots of magnificent reefs and coral gardens.
The Chinchorro will delight wreck lovers as over the
years the area claimed a lot of ships and there are reportedly
more than 140 wrecks. This atoll is part of the Great
Maya Barrier reef.
The famous cenotes, freshwater caves formed by runoff
through the limestone shelf of the Yucatan are located in the
area on the south of Cancun.
A good number of the cenotes are entry points of large networks
of underground rivers, big caves with magnificent formations
of stalagmites and stalactites in the limestone.
Isla Mujeres has excellent
beaches and clear waters which makes good snorkelling and diving
opportunities and in Xcaret (a Mayan word meaning small inlet)
there's a caleta full of marine life and where you can get to
swim with the dolphins.