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Yucatan Peninsula Diving

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Yucatan Peninsula dive guide


Find the diving guide for the different regions of the Yucatan on the left.

The 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 30-40C (86-104F) and minimum 20C (during winter).
Average Water surface temperatures 20C (86F) 
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 Akumal-Tulum 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.

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