Great sites for beginners and more experienced divers, wall diving, cavern diving, wreck diving – whatever you are looking for in terms of scuba diving, Cancun has them all. The Mexican city located on the Yucatan Peninsula boasts more than 30 dive sites that offer you the opportunity to swim together with the most special creatures of the sea – here are three of the most beautiful spots you absolutely have to explore.
The Underwater Museum – Scuba Diving among Statues
One of the most interesting sites for scuba diving Cancun can offer, the Underwater Museum occupies 420 sq. meters and is located within a stone’s throw from Isla Mujeres. The spot gives home to 500 statues created by famous artists and other man-made formations that were placed there to delight art-loving divers, to offer an excellent opportunity to see how life develops in marine environment and to promote the development of coral colonies. The Underwater Museum is an artificial ecosystem that is already home to thousands of marine animals.
Cenote Dos Ojos – The Most Special Spot for Scuba Diving Cancun Has
Located around 12 miles from Playa del Carmen, Dos Ojos has some truly unique dive spots. As the name suggests, the place gives home to cenotes, special freshwater sinkholes characteristic to the Yucatan Peninsula. These deep holes interconnected by a river and filled with cool water offer excellent visibility conditions, allowing divers to see spectacular stalactites and stalagmite formations. The area has a shallow part that divers of all ages and all levels of expertise can enjoy, but there are deeper parts where diving involves entering some very tight places, so they are recommended only for those experienced in cave and cavern diving.
Puerto Morelos – Diving in the World’s Second Largest Reef Park
The Mayan Barrier Reef runs parallel to the Peninsula and it is second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in terms of size. Puerto Morelos is located at a 13 mile distance from Cancun, being easily accessible for tourists. Recommended for experienced and beginner divers, the area has a shallow part, around 12 meters deep, where you can see crabs, lobsters, eagle rays and turtles, while the deeper areas (around 30 m) are frequently visited by larger pelagic species, such as bull sharks. There are frequent sightings of sailfish, various morays and whale sharks as well. Wreck diving enthusiasts will also find lots of interesting spots to explore – there are two large wrecks in the area, both covered in beautiful, live corals and populated by the most colorful creatures of the sea.
As you can see, when it comes to scuba diving, Cancun is one of the most diverse areas in the world, brimming with marine life worth exploring.