SCUBA DIVING MEXICO
Mexico is a popular destination for a variety of reasons; sandy beaches, great food, and an incredible history are a few of the main draws. But, ask any diver and they will tell you that scuba diving Mexico is the real highlight.
From cenotes to the open sea, there are plenty of dive sites and opportunities to explore the underwater world of Mexico.
Whether you are interested in interesting geography, big marine life, or just want to see it all, this guide will highlight the best scuba diving in Mexico, allowing you to get the most of your Mexico diving vacation.
– NOTE: The locations on this list are indeed the best in the country, but are not ranked in any way. The list is random. Number 8 might be just as good as number 1. You decide.
– THE YUKATAN & CARIBBEAN –guide to scuba diving Cancun. Playa Del Carmen is another very popular Yukatan destination, and it’s highlights must certainly be the beaches and diving. You can both explore lots of cenotes nearby, as well as some dives off-shore. Read our full guide to scuba diving Playa Del Carmen.
Tulum is a smaller, quieter version of Cancun or Playa, but still with plenty to do. People don’t just love the beaches, the food, and the over-all vibe of Tulum, they flock here just for the amazing cenotes. Read our full guide to scuba diving Tulum. Cozumel is a Caribbean island located off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Its safe streets, beautiful beaches, and friendly people make it a popular spot among tourists, not to mention some sweet ocean dives. Read our full guide to scuba diving Cozumel. guide to scuba diving Merida. guide to scuba diving Valladolid. guide to scuba diving Mahahual.
CHINCHORROAbout 35km off the coastline near Mahahual is Chinchorro; an atoll reef and nature reserve known for the surrounding shipwrecks, reef and alligators. Mahahual has some nice dive sties, but for those with more time, Chincorro is the real star.
Usually the whale shark tours are for snorkeling, but you can also find dive tours. However you do it, you are probably going to see some amazing giants. Last season we saw about 200 whale sharks in one day!
Xcalak is a tiny town on the peninsula, south of Mahahual, actually closer to Belize then anywhere in Mexico. It is on the same land mass as Ambergris Cay, north of San Pedro, Belize, which also has some great diving.
Read our full guide to scuba diving Xcalak
– THE PACIFIC SIDE –
Socorro island, one of the Revillagigedo Islands, is a small volcanic island 600km off the Pacific coast of Mexico. It’s an incredible spot for diving, best known for the surrounding pelagic life in the area.
Read our full guide to scuba diving Socorro
Puerto Vallarta is a popular vacation spot on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Beautiful beaches, jungles, and hidden waterfalls add to the attraction of this tropical holiday destination. It is also one of the best scuba diving destination in Mexico.
Read our full guide to Puerto Vallarta diving.
A large Peninsula dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Sea of Cortez, the Baja Peninsula offers some fantastic sites for those interested in scuba diving in Mexico. While there are sites up and down the coast, the best sites can be found Los Cabos and nearby Cabos Pulmo.
Read our full guide to Los Cabos diving.
Cabo Pulmo as been a marine reserve since 1995 and has been described as being ‘the most robust marine reserve in the world’.
Isla Guadalupe is a small Volcanic island located 150 miles off the coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. It’s famous for one thing only: being one of the top four places in the world to cage dive with great white sharks.
Read our full guide to Scuba Diving Guadalupe Island
Jaques Cousteau called the underwater world around La Paz the aquarium of the world, and once you dive into the Sea of Cortez, you’ll see why. This place is alive with marine creatures of all kinds!
Read our full guide to La Paz diving.
Puerto Escondido is one of the more remote locations on this list, and will take a little bit more overland trekking to get to it.. but not too much. It’ll be worth the trip to get away from the crowds and sit on some nice beaches.
Read our full guide to Puerto Escondido diving.
Veracruz is a major port city in the Gulf of Mexico. It belongs to the Mexican state of the same name. It serves as a gateway for you to enjoy and explore the beauty that the Gulf of Mexico has to offer. The port area in itself greets you with a vibrant atmosphere, which is a glimpse of what this city has to offer its guests.
Read our full guide to Veracruz diving.
MEXICO TRAVEL INFO
Mexico is a nation located between the U.S. and Central America. The total area is1, 972,550 km2 (761,610 sq mi) and the population is 119,530,753. The mountains are high and rugged, high plateaus, and low coastal plains. To the Pacific coast lies the spectacular beaches and in Yucatan Peninsula is where the jungle Mayan archaeological sites.
Capital city of Mexico: Mexico City
Best times to visit Mexico: The best time to visit Mexico is between December and April where there is no rain and the weather is cool.
Visa requirements for Mexico: Visa is not required for citizens of the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and most EU countries for less than 180 days as tourists. A passport is still required.
Currency of Mexico: Peso (MXN) is the currency of Mexico.
Official Language of Mexico: None at federal level but Spanish is the national language.
UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mexico
There are 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico and 22 on their tentative list.
See the full list and descriptions of UNESCO sites in Mexico HERE.