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About Scuba Diving Cancun

One of the great things about scuba diving Cancun is that there are many dive sites that are suitable for varied levels of experience which makes it a great family scuba destination. There are excellent training facilities too if you want to start with your scuba lessons.

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White sandy beaches surrounding Cancun

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The second largest barrier reef in the world passes the Cancun shores. The reefs offer spectacular color and diversity of life. There are multiple wrecks to be found that are just full with marine life of all shapes and sizes,which offer very interesting dives.

Due to the popularity of scuba diving Cancun you should ensure that you have all of your dives booked in advance before you arrive to ensure that you are not disappointed when you get there.

when is the best time to go scuba diving Cancun?

Cancun is located in tropical waters and as such there is very little to worry about regarding the weather, meaning that Cancun is suitable diving location all year round.

However most visitors do their best to avoid hurricane season which usually runs from May through to December, as occasionally dives may be cancelled due to incoming storms.

  • Average Water Temperature: 26oC- 29oC
  • Average Air Temperature: 29oC – 36oC
  • Protection: 3mm – 5mm Shorty Recommended
  • Visibility: 20 - 45 metres
  • Coldest: December – April
  • Hottest: August - October

One of the reasons that Cancun is so popular with scuba divers is that the great weather conditions on land are reflected in the calm clear waters that surround the island. The visibility is great all year round and there are some incredible opportunities for night diving to be had.

Scuba dive Sites in and around Cancun

  • Dos Ojos: This is a cavern or better known as a cenote at its very best. Recommended for advanced open water divers and above, clear water and incredible rock formations await.
  • Bat Cave: Home to large columns, stalactites and incredibly fragile looking rock formations.
  • Chitales Reef: This is a very active dive site with diverse marine life. The visibility is fantastic but be prepared for problems with surging.
  • Aristos Reef: This site is recommended for medium to advanced level divers. Situated on the eastern side of the island, the reef offers a vibrant and colorful underwater landscape.
  • Punta Negra: This dive site is suitable for all experience levels due to the low currents. The average dive depth is around 20 metres and there are some incredible coral formations to be seen.
  • Media Luna: Caverns, arches, tunnels and bridges can all be found here in relatively shallow waters (approx. 10 metres). This site is recommended for novices due to the very weak current and because it offers a vast diversity of marine life.

Read more about: scuba diving the cenotes found in the Rivera Maya.

Marine life found when scuba diving Cancun:

  • Dolphins
  • Eagle Rays
  • Jacks
  • Parrot Fish
  • Stingrays
  • Groupers
  • Barracuda
  • Moray Eels
  • Turtles
  • Grey Nurse Sharks

Check out these scuba dive operators in Cancun

How To Get To Cancun?

Cancun Airport is serviced by many major airlines, both internationally and internally, and is the second largest airport in Mexico, located only 10km from the main resort hotels.

There are some things to bear in mind when you arrive at the airport:

The most difficult part of your journey will be once you have reclaimed your baggage and try to make it to your transportation outside of the airport, as there will be many people trying to get you to sign up for tours and excursions, ignore them as you can always see to that when you have settled in your hotel.

Once you have reclaimed your baggage and made it through customs, hold onto your bags. Do not give them to any locals offering to carry them for you, as you will either be charged for the service of never see your bags again.

Only two companies are licensed to provide shuttle service between the airport and the hotel, prices are non-negotiable and their booths are easily located in the airport should you not easily locate your transport when you get outside. Do not accept transportation from anyone else.

About Cancun

Scuba diving in Cancun offers an insight in another world just as beautiful as the ancient land above the water, rich in its own colorful and diverse life and habitats.

Besides great scuba diving, Cancun offers the very best in Caribbean hospitality. Located in the Yucatan Peninsula on Mexico’s south east coast it offers visitors a wealth of beached robed in soft white sand, edged by clear turquoise waters.

This is a place with a vibrant and colorful nightlife, where days can be filled exploring the eco-parks and the archaeological sites that illustrate the Mayan heritage of the land.

Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

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