Best seasons to dive in the Riviera Maya

19/Dec/19Like and share this now!

Whether you are planning to get certified or are already a qualified Scuba Diver, both Akumal and Cozumel offer you incredible diving to discover the underwater world.

A logical question would be: when is the best time to travel to Akumal and Cozumel for diving?

The answer is, all year round!

With temperatures ranging from 26°C/79°F in January, to 31°C/86°F in August it's always a great time to dive here.

Akumal and Cozumel are a divers paradise for you and your family at any time of year, as we have a large resident population of turtles, not just in breeding season, but all year round. Even if the weather turns against us, we still have the magical Mexican Cenotes which are just a few minutes away and offer a truly spectacular alternative for those seeking a new diving adventure. Bull shark diving and Whale Shark snorkeling tours in season offer yet another special experience here on the Riviera Maya. Couple all of this with wonderful white sand beaches and crystal clear Caribbean waters and the two destinations are a divers paradise 365 days of the year!!.

Winter, spring, summer and autumn offer a lot of possibilities in the Riviera Maya to make your diving experience something to remember and to bring you back to these great destinations time and time again.

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Thus, if you are planning to dive into the ocean around Akumal , Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, or the magical Mexican Cenotes there are no seasons applicable, it is possible to dive them all year round, this because the Riviera Maya has an unbeatable climate throughout the year with long sunshine hours and comfortable water temperatures all year round. Thus, for example, the months from January to May have temperatures of 25°C/77°F with relatively low humidity, hence a low population of mosquitoes. It is often possible to get great deals on package holiday prices. The "wet" season brings an increase in daily temperatures and humidity, often with very clear skies in the mornings and then short but heavy rain showers in the late afternoon/early evening. Even this does not prevent us from experiencing great diving conditions.

However, travelers are, on occasion, "put off" from travelling to the Riviera Maya between June and September due to "Hurricane Season". The good news is that we are almost at the southern end of this area and are rarely affected. The last hurricanes to have any real impact on the Riviera Maya were "Gilberto" in 1988 and "Wilma" in 2005. Both of these were hurricanes that affected large areas of the Caribbean, not just the Riviera Maya. It is possible that we can be affected by the edge of some of the tropical storms, causing the ports to be closed for 2 or 3 days, but even so we can still dive the Cenotes as these are not affected by bad weather.

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Akumal, place of turtles

Akumal means Place of Turtles. The name is, of course, justified, as this is not only one of the most important nesting beaches in the region, but it is also one of the biggest natural homes to juvenile sea turtles in the area. The bay is a popular feeding area for Green Sea Turtles due to the abundance of seagrass, their main diet. The bay and surrounding areas have been designated a National Marine Park in an effort to protect these important feeding grounds for the turtles.

Whilst diving here it is normal to see Green Sea Turtles most days of the year and then during April to September we also see Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtles that come to breed in these waters and nest on the local beaches. One local beach alone recorded 321 nests during the 2019 season!.

Green Sea Turtles can be found in Akumal Bay all year round just by snorkeling on one of the various tours offered.

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In general terms, January is the coldest month and July is the hottest.

For those wishing to "escape" the cooler conditions back home, Spring Break offers nice long sunny days with low humidity and great sea conditions. The great news is that Akumal is still "quiet" due to the lack of bars and clubs for the younger generation. Still a great time to travel here and take advantage of wonderful conditions both in and out of the water.

Whale Sharks near Cancún

Whale Shark season runs from early June to early September ends in mid-September. The best time for snorkeling with the biggest fish in the world is June, July, and August, when the temperature can reach 35°C but you may well encounter some "tropical showers" late afternoon or early evening. Do not let this put you off though, it is still warm rain!!.

Each year the Whale Shark, which is the largest of the fish species, begin to arrive on their annual migration to the warm waters of the Mexican-Caribbean Sea near Isla Holbox at the northern end of the Riviera Maya. This gentle fish can grow around 40 feet in length, weigh 11 tons, and poses no threat to humans! Snorkeling with them is a "must-do" experience.

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Dive with Bull Sharks in Playa del Carmen

Bull Shark Season occurs every year through November to March when pregnant female bull sharks return to shallow waters in front of the coast of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, where they are in their natural habitat. Located only a few minutes off the shore, the dive site is on a 24m/72ft, sandy bottom. These magnificent sharks can be seen in two ways.

A Bull Shark "feeding dive", which is strictly controlled with extra dive masters and an experienced marine biologist feeding them sparingly, or on a "viewing dive". A detailed briefing, including information about the life cycle of the sharks, safety, and protocols to be observed will allow you to dive with these Bull Sharks and have an unforgettable experience.

The feeding dive is a square profile with a dive time of just 35 minutes due to depth and air consumption whereas the viewing dive is actually 2 dives with slightly longer dive times. On both tours, you are almost guaranteed a close encounter with these majestic sharks!!.

Why not treat your dive buddy to a very special "Christmas" gift and join us for a Bull Shark encounter during the Festive season?

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Other Diving Tours

Our diving tours in the great waters of Akumal and on the wonderful reefs of Cozumel Island offer you great diving all year round. Add to that the magical Mexican cenotes and the marvelous wreck dive of the C56 at Puerto Morelos and we have something for everyone 365 days of the year!.

The Riviera Maya really is Open for diving all year round.

It's because of all of these reasons that we invite you to come and enjoy the marvelous experiences that exist in the waters of Riviera Maya.