Great Dive Spots in Cancun

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Those who love to dive will find that Cancun is a real paradise for lovers of all things aquatic; Mexico is one of the worlds’ best dive locations, and Cancun is its pride and joy! The coastline surrounding Cancun and the Riviera Maya, which includes Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, and Holbox is a haven for aquatic life and, thereby, divers with some of the greatest dive spots. From here you will have access to the world’s second biggest reef. The Great MesoAmerican Reef is one of the reasons why Cancun is such a popular destination for nature lovers and thrill seekers of all ages and descriptions.


Cancun Underwater Museum

This is perhaps one of the most fascinating and utterly surreal places to dive in Mexico; British artist Jason DeCaires Taylor has had some of his works placed on the seabed just off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Cozumel. This was done not only to provide an interesting and artistic display, but to create an artificial reef. This installation was planned with the hope that coral would cover the sculptures and create a man-made reef. It did, of course, and a secondary result was that the area is a fascinating and wonderful place to dive. The hundred or so sculptures have an eerily beautiful, almost pagan, feel that makes a dive in the area unforgettable.


Cancun has no shortage of shipwrecks to explore, some of them even have real historical significance though others were sunk to aid the recovery of some ailing local sub-aquatic eco-systems. One really great dive spot in Cancun for more advanced divers is the wreck of the C58 minesweeper; there are groupers and manta rays here to see, though you should give them their space, and the wreck itself is fascinating. This ship was sunk in 1980 and has since formed an artificial reef.

The cargo ship El Frio lies 95 feet beneath the surface of the Caribbean sea and presents an opportunity to see turtles, amber jacks, and other such wonderful creatures. Photo opportunities are rife here, but the dive is recommended only for the very experienced.


The ocean is not the only one of the choice dive spots in Cancun; the Bat Cave (La Caverna de los Murcielagos) is a magical place. Large columns, stalactites and intricate rock formations make it seem like a new realm entirely! Another wonderful spot is the cave of Sleeping Sharks where you can see a few species of “friendly” sharks. Bull sharks, black tips, and grey reef sharks can be seen here.


The Aristos Reef in Punta Cancuns’ eastern shore is one of the most stunning coralline ecosystems in the area! This is a part of the Great Mesoamerican reef and is home to a veritable abundance of marine life including Barracudas as well as other tropical fish (ensure you are not wearing sparkling or shiny items when around Barracudas as they might mistake it for their natural prey). There are many different areas which are suitable for differing level of experience, but do be wary of the strong current here!

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