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SCUBA DIVING IN CANCUN

Scuba diving and snorkelling

These are the most wide spread aquatic activities in Cancun, for the transparency of its waters permit watching and getting close to the submarine world, where the multicoloured little fishes and the coral reefs are abundant, amongst other species that fulfil the curiosity of divers, both rookies and experts.

Nonetheless, immersions are not limited to the open sea, but also to the ancient cenotes, these deep and cavernous ponds full of mystery that are abundant in Cancun and the neighbouring State of Yucatan.

The cenotes are spring water deposits formed by subterranean rivers whose courses go through caves and tunnels. The ancient Mayas performed rituals at these places; nowadays it is sportspeople who submerge in them in search of adventure.

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The thrill of exploring these sacred formations began in the 1980s, being today one of the activities of choice for experienced divers, for you are required to have a great ability and dexterity to realise these immersions.

Though do not worry if you happen to be a rookie diver, for you will find more than one sea scenery where to submerge in Cancun, places plethoric of beauty where visibility is of 32 metres and the average sea temperature is of 20º or 21º Celsius.

-Diving in the sea: There are more than 14 zones in Cancun for scuba diving and snorkelling, being the most popular ones the following:
  • Punta Nizuc: It is the starting point of the so-called Reef Barrier. Its waters are clear and their depth reaches up to 9 metres. It is located 21 kilometres away from the Hotel Zone of Cancun, and one of the most gorgeous places is the Buoy of the Mad (Boya de Los Locos), reserved for experts only.

  • Punta Cancun: It extends from Playa Tortugas up to the area in front of the Camino Real Hotel. It is ideal for divers with little experience. There is a great variety of tropical fishes living in its waters, especially at the coral reefs of Banderas, Chitales and El Bajito, located to the north.

  • Bahía de Mujeres: Several reefs form this bay, such as Manchones, La Bandera and El Túnel, just to cite a few. There are all known for their calm waters whose depths vary between 3 and 5 metres. It is situated between Cancun and Isla de Mujeres.

  • Isla de Mujeres: It is the northern frontier of the Reef Barrier and it is located before Cancun. Its depths are loaded with sea flora and fauna, which make them perfect for the practice of scuba diving and snorkelling. Within this marine environment jut out:
    *Garrafón Park: It is a natural area south of the Island. It is well appreciated by divers due to its unparalleled reefs and to the precious view of the Caribbean and the bay it offers. It is ideal for snorkelling. It has restaurants, swimming pools, and shops amongst other services.
    *Cave of the Sleeping Sharks: The low salinity of the waters at this coral reef full of cavities, lulls the fierce sharks thus allowing an extraordinary approach to these animals. This experience is recommendable for skilled divers with nerves of steel alone.
-Diving in the Cenotes: There are more than 50 cenotes suitable for diving and snorkelling in Cancun and on the Mayan Riviera, being the most visited ones the following:
  • Tres Ríos: It is a Natural Park at 55 kilometres from Cancun, nearby Playa del Carmen. Besides enjoying the setting prodigal in mangroves and tropical forest, travellers will find a group of shallow cenotes, perfect for those just starting to feel the sense of diving.

  • Puerto Aventuras: It hosts 2 kilometres of amazing cenotes, amongst which El Cristal and El Escondido (linked together) stand out, the Blue Cenote and the Chacmool, whose recently explored tunnels and caves house a 12-metre long stalactite considered to be the largest in the world. It is located almost 90 kilometres away from Cancun, between Playa del Carmen and Tulúm. There are modern hotel compounds, condos and lavish residences in this zone, besides a marina for 150 yachts and motorboats.

  • Xcaret: There is a series of cenotes and caverns in this splendid eco-archaeological Park, inhabited by colourful fishes and turtles amongst other aquatic creatures. Scuba diving and snorkelling lovers largely frequent it. It is located 55 kilometres away from Cancun and at 5 kilometres from Playa del Carmen.

  • Xel-Ha: There is a series of cenotes and caverns in this Natural Park, fed by the waters of several subterranean rivers and streams. It is located 115 kilometres away from Cancun and at 16 kilometres from the Archaeological Compound of Tulúm.

  • Cenote Dos Ojos: It is formed by a cluster of sub aquatic caves and caverns considered the largest on the planet. It is recommendable only for divers with ample experience. You can snorkel in the mouth of the spring.
    The waters of the Dos Ojos (Two Eyes) are diaphanous thus allowing the appreciation of an interesting variety of flora and fauna. Besides, there is a cave of almost 450 metres inside the cenote. It has a maximum depth of 10 metres.
    Excursions to the Cenote Dos Ojos are frequently organised departing from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Akumal.
Requisites and recommendations:

*You need to produce a certificate that accredits you as a diver in order to scuba dive in here. The most accepted ones are those of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), valid in 87 countries including Mexico, the World Confederation of Sub Aquatic Activities (CMAS), or the Scuba School International (SSI), amongst others.

*No matter how experienced you are, never dive by yourself; besides, inform at the reception desk about the place where you intend to dive into.

*Make sure that the firms offering diving and snorkelling gear and guides, have the necessary accreditations and that they are specialised on this activity.

*Bear in mind that the surf at Cancun and Mexico's Caribbean zone from October to March is stronger than during the rest of the year, therefore you need certain ability to dive during this time period. Let your guide learn about it if such is your case. *Most of the zones suitable for the practice of scuba diving and snorkelling are in natural reserves or protected zones, so in order to guarantee their preservation you must abide by the following rules:

  • Do not extract living organisms out of the water.
  • Do not root out seaweeds, plants or corals.
  • Do not use harpoons or fishing nets.
  • Do not obstruct the free pass of migratory or nesting animals, such as turtles and sea mammals, amongst others.
  • Do not dispose of your garbage at the sea, lakes or cenotes, especially plastic residues.
  • Use natural sunscreen and tanners.

    *It is very easy to rent or purchase diving gear in Cancun. Most of the commercial establishments take Mexican pesos, dollars and roughly all the main credit cards, though you will be surcharged in case you use the latter.

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