Mexico is an extremely fascinating and exciting place to visit, filled with lots of diversity and multifarious activities. It has some of the most picturesque locations and more or less much has already been discovered as its beauty captivates all that visit there, making tourists reiterate their visit ad infinitum.
So moving on, we attempt to dive through the lesser explored, extraordinary secrets that are submerged within the gulf of mexico.
Yes you guessed it right i am talking about Scuba diving
I feel the ocean always has an captivating effect on people and the deeper one goes into the water, the more astonishing beauty one can witness, alternatively it is an amazing way to just leave the monotonous world behind and submerge into an breathtaking paradise, brimming with brilliantly vivid chromaticity reflecting off dazzling colorful fishes and prismatic corals. Scuba diving is probably all shades of fun!
Pronto to the best part, this serene tranquility can be experienced in Mexico, FYI it doesn’t just end at that.
The diversity and uniqueness of locations in Mexico are sure to give any top notch island, a run for its money, so without further ado lets just plunge in.
Top five scuba diving destinations in Mexico
The beautiful blue waters in cancun have much more to provide than just endless shores, a hot spot for divers, cancun also has its own under water museum which is quite the rage, the whole experience here takes you through a mystical, magical world with stunning aquatic creatures and also get glimpses of awe inspiring antiquities.
This place has the most magnificent reef beds, fluctuating from various hues of bright beautiful colors and multitude of astir fishes just swiveling around you, welcoming your presence into their world. This is a just a superb spot to be scuba diving in, especially if you intend on seeing tons of fish, as you definitely won’t be disappointed!
The pristine sparkly clear waters assist to enhance your scuba diving experience in the costa maya, most popular for brilliant intensely hued marine fish, one can also spot turtles that flaunt various colors, diving here is sure to leave you mesmerized with its alluring marine life.
Cenotes of yucatan
A lesser known fact is that Mexico is said to have an legion of under water caves also called cenotes.
Diving through these enigmatical cenotes is definitely an experience that one must not miss, as the mysterious, magical experience of diving through dark caves and unknown tunnels is a very rare occurrence and is bound to leave you mystified.
Definitely not for the faint of heart, this diving spot is best known for the deeper darker dives into the shadows of the sea leading you to the vicinity of large carnivore fishes, such as sharks, whales, sting rays and many more, just hoovering all around, it is an definite go to for the thrill seekers for an absolutely exhilarating and sort of spine chilling experience.
If you head down to Mexico you may pass by a small quaint village called Akumal without ever realizing that it is one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s best places to try snorkeling or scuba diving. It is just 65 miles from the resort town of Cancun. It is small yet secluded making it perfect for those that want to get away from the busy tourist beaches in Mexico. There are two different bays in Akumal where you can dive. Yalku Lagoon is also nearby and there more than two dozen reef sites to check out and white sandy beaches to soak up the Mexican sun.
You will have a lot of options when it comes to finding hotels in the region, remember Cancun and all the resorts are just over an hour away, but there are hotels in Akumal if you don’t want the hassle of commuting. There are lots of local restaurants that offer North American and European cuisine that you will be familiar with. There are nearby grocery stores to cook your own food along with some boutiques and gift shops to grab some local trinkets for the folks back home.
But most importantly there are some really dive shops, after all that is why you are here isn’t it. If you are here to snorkel, diving or just casting a line to catch some fish, all of that is available. You can bask in the warm Mexican sun, walk through town or head to the water to try your hand at snorkeling. For the first timer, there are plenty of guides to show you some of the best diving destinations in the area.
The climate in Akumal is perfect for diving from September to April the temperatures hover around 80F but the rest of the year you will hit the high 90’s. You can feel gentle breezes from the Caribbean and during the winter you might actually need to put on pants in the evenings.
Getting ready to dive
Most of the local dive shops will have your equipment all ready to go once you hit the dock. You can rent any and all equipment that you need and it really isn’t that expensive. You can get onto one of the nearby boats and the runs are generally 8 people or less along with a captain and a dive master. If there is a larger group one of the dive companies can make arrangements so that all of you get to dive. You should book well in advance and not just show up with a party of 20.
Most of the diving companies will take you out around the reefs in the surrounding areas, they are beautiful to see firsthand. You will find weak currents and warm waters, making it perfect for the novice diver. The waters are clear with visibility from 50-150 feet depending on what kind of weather you are having. Even during the winter all you’re going to need is a light wet suit.