Luxury Diving Holidays in Mexico
When it comes to variety, diving holidays in Mexico are some of the most impressive on the planet. The best dive sites in the country are split across two regions: cenote (sinkhole) and wall diving in the Yucatan Peninsula and world-class big fish diving on the pacific side. Here, scuba diving can be enjoyed in the Sea of Cortez and for more advanced liveaboard diving, the Revillagigedo archipelago, more commonly known as Socorro. Highlights across these sites include otherworldly diving in the cenotes, pristine coral walls in Cozumel, diving with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez, snorkelling with whale sharks in either the Yucatan or Sea of Cortez and the giant pacific mantas of Socorro. Whether a beginner diver or pro, solo traveller, couple or family, there is something for everyone and at Reefscape, we know the best dive operations to make sure you have the perfect escape to the reef.
Whale shark in La Paz
Sealions in Baja California
Manta ray in Sea of Cortez
Humpback whale in Los Cabos
Monarch butterfly migration
Sian Ka'an Marine Reserve
Diving in Cabo Pulmo
Starting from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula running through the Caribbean Sea down to the Bay Islands of Honduras, the Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world stretching nearly 700 miles in total. Off the coast of the Yucatan, the reef comes into its own in the form of plunging walls off Cozumel abundant with flora and fauna. With visibility often reaching 50m, divers can see up to 500 species of fish, 60 species of coral and 350 molluscs. Drift diving is the order of the day in Cozumel, with turtles, eagle rays and barracuda often seen cruising along in the blue.
Whilst coastal diving in the Yucatan is good, uniquely some of the best dive sites are found inland in the form of cenotes. The Yucatan Peninsula is relatively flat with no rivers but below the surface runs two of the largest underground water systems in the world. This has resulted in the formation of extensive cave systems, which in turn has formed natural sinkholes where cave ceilings have collapsed, also known as ‘cenotes’. These cenotes are fed by rainwater that is filtered through the ground, resulting in fresh, crystal-clear waters. They take on many different forms from open sinkholes to caverns, with the waters ranging from emerald green to intense blue. Ancient Mayans had a strong connection with the cenotes, believed to be the entrance to the underworld as well as a source of water. Scuba diving in the cenotes is an experience not to be missed and one like no other. ‘Taj Mahal’ has water so crystal clear that it feels like floating in air, with shards of sunlight piercing through the cavern ceiling in sapphire blue. Stalactites and stalagmites line the cave system as the dive progresses and a halocline creates a hazy effect as the fresh water meets salt. ‘El Pit’ can be reached by rocky track in the jungle and whilst gear is lowered down by a pulley system, divers will jump through the open sinkhole, gearing up in the water. The cenote is 40m deep with a spectacular laser beam of turquoise sunlight cutting through the clear water and a hydrogen sulphide layer at 30m.
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