Diving is one of the most spectacular recreational activities you can do during your vacations or free time. The world under the sea is impressive and full of magic. And if we talk about territory, the Mexican sea is 2 times larger than the mainland of the country. This alone can give you an idea of the large number of opportunities that you can find when diving in Mexico.
But among all of them there are 3 places that stand out thanks to their spectacular landscapes and marine life, they are: Cabo Pulmo, Veracruz and Cozumel.
Mexico is an exceptional country. Due to its history and culture, but also thanks to its geographical position between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Mexico has beautiful rainforests, deep Cenotes and an exceptional density of underwater fauna. Few know it, but southeastern Mexico is the second largest barrier reef in the world. The coast of Mexico offers the opportunity to dive in some of the best dive sites in the world. Mexico has many exceptional dive sites.
Where to dive in Mexico?
There are two main diving areas in Mexico: The Caribbean and especially Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel and the famous Cancun with its unique underwater museum, MUSA.
Baja California or the Lower Pacific Ocean side known as the world’s largest aquarium said Jacques Cousteau.
Where to dive in Mexico?
The Yucatan Peninsula Located in southeastern Mexico, this region is incredibly rich. There is an abundant rainforest and magnificent limestone formations, as well as cenotes, large natural wells carved into the rock. These cavities that contain hundreds of translucent freshwater wells can be explored by diving. Divers who have had the opportunity to explore that part of the planet will tell you that it is simply a magical experience. Prepare to see landscapes from another world, incredible lighting effects and even underwater rivers under the sea. The most famous cenote is Dos Ojos. Its cave system is the largest in the world. Other cenotes are also very popular like “The Pit”, Angelita and Chac Mol. The Yucatan region not only offers cave diving, but also offers the opportunity to do a great dive in the ocean, including the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Diving in Playa del Carmen
This small fishing village has become an important seaside resort. A cargo port for the neighboring island of Cozumel, Playa del Carmen has more than fifteen magnificent diving points that adapt to both beginner divers and experienced divers. Underwater photographers will also discover many photographic subjects with a beautiful palette of coral fish, sea turtles, and during good seasons also bulldog sharks and whale sharks. Do not miss the dive sites of Punta Venado, Los Arcos and the wreck of Mama Viña.
DIVING IN THE COZUMEL REEFS IS A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE BOTH FOR BEGINNERS AS EXPERIENCED If you have a valid certification, we will take you to a depth of 85 feet (26 meters) and dive through one of the most impressive coral reef walls in the world.
Imagine the thrill of diving in the vertiginous vertical wall full of wonderful formations of colorful reefs, marine life and diverse fish. Try to visualize the magic of the place that awaits you while you are descending towards the reefs.
NOTHING CAN PREPARE YOU FOR THE AWESOME VIEW OF THE WALLS OF SANTA ROSA AND SAN FRANCISCO ARRECIFES. Remember to keep calm and breathe because surprise will take your breath away. Cozumel is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to dive and with Aquaworld we will take you to several first class dive sites.
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Lovers of marine life and diving, know that Cozume Island has a special touch, you must visit its seabed and live a diving experience in Cozumel.
The island of Cozumel is located just in front of Playa del Carmen and they belong to the Great Western Atlantic Reef Belt, it is also known as the Great Mayan Reef, its coral forms are the most important in the world and it is the second one after the Great Barrier of Australian Coral.
Diving in Cozumel is the first on the list of many diving experts, thanks to the good structure and communication that the reef naturally has, in fact it was one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorites.
If you are in Playa del Carmen or Cancun you can reach the island of Cozumel by taking a ferry or using the air taxi services that leave from the airport.
PARADISE If you already stepped on cozumeleño soil let us tell you that El Paraíso is divided into two zones; the South and the North. In South Paradise you will find three reefs located along the coast and its depth is not greater than 14 meters, meanwhile in North Paradise it is made up of two reefs and its depth is a little greater it has a total of up to 17 meters, in this The expansion of marine life has been sought through the sinking of shipwrecks.
PERFECT HORSESHOE TO EXPERIENCE DIVING IN COZUMEL The horseshoe belongs to the Palancar complex, it is one of the reefs with very clear waters and they are perfect for snorkeling and diving in Cozumel. The vision is incredible since without diving you can appreciate the beautiful coral heads and already submerged the discovery of the reef is even better. In the horseshoe there is a predominant curve of large formations and an extraordinary color and you can dive to a depth of up to 30 meters, this place is ideal for beginners who wish to dive in Cozumel.
This is one of the most famous reefs in Cozumel, here there are small coral masses that are called balls, they have coral heads between one and five meters wide and about three meters high. These coral spheres offer a show that complements perfection with marine life and the colors are indescribable.
In Chankanaab, you will find lightning rods, brunettes and lobsters. It is the ideal place for newbies in diving since the maximum depth is between 18 and 21 meters.
To make the dive in Punta Tunich you need to have experience in diving, at this point diving in Cozumel is considered fast since the currents are what mark the passage of the crossing, here there is no great abundance of fish, although formations explode in color.
The species with the greatest presence are groupers, turtles and green brunettes, the depth ranges from 15 to 40 meters.
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Come dive with Bull Sharks in “Dive Life Playa del Carmen”
Bull sharks arrived in the Riviera Maya!
This is good news for divers looking for intense emotions while interacting with Nature and its beautiful sharks. Luckily, DIVE LIFE presents this winter the perfect experience that connects adrenaline with underwater nature.
WHY PRACTICE DIVING WITH TORO SHARKS?
First, few activities offer you more adrenaline and amazement than facing a shark. While these animals are a mystery to some, many more divers are intrigued by the idea of swimming alongside bull sharks. In general, females visit shallow waters off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula between November and March. Here they find the perfect conditions to give birth to their young pups.
Although bull sharks live mainly in salt water, they can also live in fresh water and have even swum great distances upstream. Even so, these large fish are found mainly in the clear and saline waters of the Mexican Caribbean.
In addition, you can dive with the Dive Life team between mid-November and mid-March to see them right here in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. We will love to help you swim with these and other wonderful sea creatures, just as we do year after year with the whale shark or sailfish.
HOW TO DIVE WITH BULL SHARKS
To start participating in this underwater adventure with our diving equipment, you need to meet the following requirements:
Being a diver with more than 20 registered dives; If this requirement is not met, do a check dive before diving with the shark.
Have good air consumption.
Have good compensation techniques.
Listen carefully and follow the dive plan.
Wear appropriate equipment (full wetsuit, only with dark colors).
Maintain proper conduct for the safety of the entire group.
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Why dive in the Mexican Caribbean paradise with Dive Life? Today we are going to tell you some details about the wonderful Mexican Caribbean and why you have to dive with all the support of your DIVE LIFE friendly dive shop….
The diving in the reefs of the Mexican Caribbean is a practice that can be done by recreation or by sport, this beautiful aquatic activity invites us to marvel at the flora and fauna of the Mexican Caribbean. The waters of the coast of Cancun and its surroundings, are known for their diversity and beauty in the coral formations and their reefs, on this coast the second longest barrier reef in the world develops, which extends from Quintana Roo to Central America.
THE WARM AND CRYSTAL WATERS The warm and crystalline waters of the southern Mexican coasts are preferred by those who love diving on the reefs and snorkeling, and because of these characteristics it is much easier to enjoy this activity. The color of the waters of the Mexican Caribbean, we owe it to the constant changes in the depths of the Caribbean Sea, the nearby barrier of coral creates different sand of uneven depths, giving us turquoise blue colors.
The transparency of the water, which occurs when the sea has little movement and few living organisms, gives us a beautiful turquoise blue much more intense when viewed from afar, but up close the sea is completely crystalline, perfect for water activities. FLORA AND AQUATIC FAUNA These coasts have 2 or up to 30 meters deep, where you can admire thousands of fish of all colors, green and purple brunettes, anemones, rays, shrimp, crabs and octopus, coupled with this there is a vast parade of corals: soft and stony in varied ways.
In addition to being protected by coral reefs, the Mexican Caribbean is considered one of the most important reefs in the world, the richest in marine fauna and a place full of color due to the fauna that resides in this place and is protected in these reefs Reefs SCUBA DIVING FOR BEGINNERS
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Where and when to see turtles in Riviera Maya with DIVE LIFE DIVING Store?
Turtles are one of the great natural attractions of the Mexican Caribbean, in this beautiful sea you can enjoy these fascinating creatures… Most of the time, sea turtles that arrive at these Caribbean coasts, live in their natural habitat, the sea. But during pregnancy, they are seen along the coast to lay their eggs, and in the following months, we see the turtles being born and reaching the sea. In Riviera Maya, there are different places to see turtles spawn and participate in their release.
Where and when to see turtles in Riviera Maya?
Spawning season: The turtle spawning season is from mid-May to September. Up to the beaches of Quintana Roo arrive 4 species of turtles: white, loggerhead, hawksbill and lute. All marine species live in a fragile ecosystem and are protected. Season to release turtles: From July to November, according to the three-month period that turtles need to be born. The season is October being the peak month for the activity of turtle release. Riviera Maya beaches were to see the turtle nesting: Turtles arrive to spawn much of the coast from Cancun to Tulum, counting Isla Contoy, Isla Mujeres, Holbox, and Cozumel.
This means that on many beaches you can be surprised by a spawning turtle. On the spawning beaches, pens are usually created, where volunteers deposit turtle eggs for greater protection of the animal. Normally they spawn at night, and there are beaches where night access is not allowed (such as Xcacelito or Contoy Island, to give two examples), that’s why I talk about the best ones to see them spawn, not where they come from. Cancun hotel zone that connects Punta Cancun with Punta Nizuc may surprise you with the arrival of a turtle, an experience that no tourist forgets.
The most popular beaches to see them are Playa Delfines, Playa Marlín and Playa Chac Mool. Akumal is a Mayan word that means place of turtles, that already says a lot about the place, one of the best to enjoy these animals. Walking at night on this beautiful beach, we have seen turtles spawn several times, something that does not tire. The beaches of Tulum are another place where turtles tend to go out at night to spawn. The entire spawning process is more than 1 hour easily … they put between 100 to 120 eggs.
Seeing them return exhausted to the sea is overwhelming. In the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, you can see them if you stay in one of the exclusive hotels of the Reserve or camping in enabled areas on the beach, both great options. In the evenings the Reserve closes and you cannot enter. In the area of Puerto Morelos, in the well-known Punta Brava, you can see how they get to spawn in the sand. Corrals with turtle nests, Marlin Beach, Cancun, and Riviera Maya beaches were to release turtles: The activity of releasing turtles is done during the course of the night, to avoid natural predators of turtles such as birds. It must be understood that a newborn turtle is a piscolabis in the sea. Only 2% of the population reaches adulthood.
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When you think of Tulum, the first thing that comes to mind is the Mayan archeological zone, or chic boutique hotels and cabins, or in the beautiful colors of the Caribbean Sea with its wide white sand beaches and turquoise-blue waters. The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, has become the ideal tropical destination, also houses incredible natural wonders, such as cenotes.
CENOTES, THE MYSTERIOUS PHENOMENON OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA Cenotes, tz’onot in Maya, are natural sinks that contain freshwater and cover the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Although all of them have not been explored and mapped, there are believed to be thousands. The cenotes begin as an underground chamber produced by the dissolution of limestone by the infiltration of rainwater and the type of land in the region. There are three types of cenotes, those that are completely open (like a lake), those that are partially covered and those that are cavernous or underground.
The ancient Mayan civilization thought that the cenotes were a kind of portals to the underworld. This is not surprising to us, since the cenotes are impressive, with their filtered light, stalactites and stalagmites, the roots of crooked trees, there are cenotes that have a lot of depth and it is said that all these are interconnected and have water currents. Many cenotes are full of fish, and other species of flora and fauna little known. You can also find valuable Mayan artifacts, and precious stones since some cenotes were destined to make sacrifices to the gods. The cenotes were not only important in the spiritual life of the Maya, but in their life in general since they provided the civilization with fresh water.
The cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula are connected by hundreds of miles of underground rivers that have just begun to be explored and mapped, but now we know that two of the longest cave systems are located in Quintana Roo, the Mexican state where they are located Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum.
Imagine the excitement of exploring a cenote and all its mysterious contents. DIVE LIFE offers diving tours in three of Tulum’s most fascinating cenotes.
Ahora me gustaría hablarte del surgimiento del buceo en estas increíbles y tan atrapantes “cavernas”.
Según pudimos estudiar, sabemos que unas dos décadas atrás se comenzó a practicar buceo en Cenotes con el fin de descubrir este mundo oculto.
Actualmente es totalmente normal e incluso necesario para todo aquel que desee emprender el apasionante viaje de convertirse en buzo.
Tal vez te sorprenda que esto sea así y te preguntes cuáles son las razones que llevan a bucear en los Cenotes. Pero te puedo asegurar que las características que allí puedes encontrar, no las tendrás en otros sitios. Es un hecho que allí no tendrás inconvenientes con la temperatura del agua por ejemplo y prácticamente siempre es moderada. El clima tampoco afectará tus posibilidades de inmersión, además te verás maravillado por su estructura y pasadizos. Por último quiero destacar la suavidad de sus corrientes y una visibilidad soñada.
Hay dos formas distintas de buceo en cenotes; Buceo de Cuevas que se nadar en una cueva fuera del alcance de luz solar natural o Buceo de Caverna que es quedarse en la entrada de una cueva dentro del rayo de la luz solar natural.
Muchos buceadores vienen a México especialmente para el buceo en los Cenotes. Para poder bucear en las cuevas es necesario tener la certificación de buceo en cuevas. Los cenotes más accesibles al público cuentan con una línea permanente para servir como referencia en un tour. Se necesita todo el equipo necesario para el buceo de aguas abiertas.
Un cenote es en pocas palabras una caverna con agua. Pero el entorno natural de la Península de Yucatán, es lo que hace de estos lugares, escenarios realmente espectaculares. Practicar el buceo o el esnórquel dentro de los cenotes en la Riviera Maya, es una de las actividades acuáticas más solicitadas, ya que es una experiencia única.Si estás de vacaciones en esta zona de México, anímate a conocer las entrañas de un mundo que pocos privilegiados pueden conocer.
A lo largo de la Riviera Maya hay más de 20 cenotes en donde puedes nadar, esnorquelear o bucear. Algunos de los Cenotes que puedes conocer y bucear con Dive Life son:
Cenote Siete Bocas.Cenote Chac Mool.Cenote Azul.Cenote Xunaan Ha.Cenote Dos Ojos.Gran Cenote.Cenote Escondido.Cristal (Naharon).
*Nuestros precios incluyen tanques y lastre, Dive Master, todo el equipo necesario, transporte *, bocadillos* y bebidas. (*cuando aplique)Si estas viajando con alguien que desee acompañarte mientras buceas o quiere realizar un tour de esnórquel revisa nuestros tours de esnórquel aquí:
El Estadode Yucatán en México cuenta con uno de los atractivos más impactantes y mágicos del planeta: los Cenotes.
Para la cultura Maya, éstos fueron los que ellos denominaron “agujeros de agua” en su lengua. Luego, con la llegada de los españoles, tomaron el actual nombre de Cenotes.
Para los mayas, podemos asegurar que fueron sitios sumamente sagrados, plagados de riqueza material de aquella época y además se han encontrado vestigios de que allí realizaban sacrificios humanos.
Cómo se formaron geologicamente los Cenotes?
Una vez filtrada el agua gracias a un suelo poroso, se crearon rios subterráneos y a su vez , fueron formándose ciertas grietas por donde actualmente se ven caer esos bellos manantiales de agua dulce, ideales para su disfrute.
De acuerdo a su estructura, existen cuatro clases de Cenotes:
Su peculiar forma de cántaro hace de este cenote un lugar igualmente especial. Su abertura superior es muy pequeña, aumentando el diámetro a medida que se profundiza hasta alcanzar el agua y su fondo.
Cenotes de caverna
A diferencia del resto, este tipo de cenotes están completamente cerrados debido a que la erosión de la roca no ha llegado aún a la superficie. Su forma interior puede ser también circular con forma de cúpula cerrada o puede tener cavernas en las que abundan formaciones de estalagmitas y estalactitas.
Imagina un profundo cilindro en la tierra de 20 metros; eso es lo que parece este tipo de cenote. Son lugares fascinantes, sobre todo cuando los rayos del sol penetran en la profundidad del cenote reflejándose en sus aguas cristalinas.
Este tipo de cenotes también se le suele decir ‘ojos de agua’ ya que es donde brota el agua desde las profundidades. Están completamente abiertas a simple vista y se encuentran entre selvas o cerca de la playa. Son los más comunes para realizar actividades recreativas.
*Dive Life actualmente ofrece tours en Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Mahahual y Ciudad de México. Abajo podrás encontrar todos nuestros tours así como los posibles suplementos para cada destino.
Nuestros precios incluyen tanques y lastre, Dive Master, todo el equipo necesario, transporte *, bocadillos* y bebidas. (*cuando aplique)
Si estas viajando con alguien que desee acompañarte mientras buceas o quiere realizar un tour de esnórquel revisa nuestros tours de esnórquel aquí.