Mexico

Diving in the Caribbean Sea is available all year round, but from June to November it can be spoiled by the hurricanes. Water temperature ranges between 29C/84F in summer and 23-25C/73-77F in winter. Water is transparent and visibility reaches 30-40m/98-131ft. One of the main business cards of the Mexico diving are the cenotes. The diving to these places is performed at the Yucatan Peninsula, where it is possible to find about 100 of them. These are cave complexes with wells, underwater rivers and endless tunnels that go to spacious caverns filled with transparent fresh and salt water.

Diving in the cenotes is available all year round. The water temperature is stable and equals to 24-25C/75-77F, though in some caves there might be colder – about 18C/64F. A new world with frozen stalactites and stalagmites opens to divers, and the routes of the trees thrusted through the clay soil in search of nourishing moisture. The available depth is 5-10m/16-32ft, unusually calm water and wide passages provide safe diving. Besides, each 4 divers require 1 guide. Diving is permitted for those who have a certificate that equals Open Water Diver level. Some cenotes have become world recognized due to dive centers. The following ones should be mentioned: Dos Ojos, Chuck Mul, Car Wash, Sak Actun, Grand Cenote, Chichen-Itza, Nohoch Nah Chich and Holy Cenote.

Divers are recommended to visit Cozumel Island that is surrounded by a large coral reef. According to the opinion of many experts, including Jacques Yves Cousteau, Cozumel is the best place for diving in the western hemisphere. However, due to high difficulty and periodically occurring strong vortex currents, the obligatory condition for visiting these dive sites is the Advanced level diving certificate. Still divers shouldn’t get upset if they don’t have these certificates as the island can offer 150 places for diving and a wide selection of attractions. Playa del Carmen located on the Yucatan peninsula is famous for its ecological parks Xel-Ha and Xcaret.

The Pacific Ocean can boast with unique dives. For example, the best place for diving with large sea animals is the Socorro Island, where it is possible to find mantas, dolphins, seven shark species and humpback whales. Here is our guide to help you choosing a perfect itinerary and boat for your Mexico liveaboard trip.

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