Diving Near Cancun

Considered the heart of the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun is one of the most popular resort destinations in the country. Cancun City and its offshore L-shaped island area known as Isla Cancun, are located on the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean seashore, one of Mexico’s easternmost points. With proximity to nearby Mayan cultural centers and offshore islands, there’s a little something for everyone in Cancun. The gorgeous beaches, great weather, and amazingly clear and clean waters are huge pulls for many tourists worldwide.

The tropical climate in Cancun is pretty stable year round (the average temperature lingers around 83 degrees F). June to September are the hottest and most rainy months of the year but still plenty of sunshine and fantastic warm water for snorkeling & diving. Also, the hurricane season peaks in September and October so keep an eye on the forecasts and, although they don’t come every year, definitely get travel insurance just in case. The good news is that we are almost at the southern end of this area and are rarely affected, as hurricanes do not hit the area every year...The autumn-winter months are considered by many to be the best times to visit Cancun as the hurricane season is over and there is lower humidity.

Once a thriving cultural center, the area was essential for the Mayan fishing and maritime trades. Once almost forgotten, during the late 1980's Cancun became a Mecca for local and foreign visitors, rich with history, breathtaking natural sites, warm seas and pillow soft sand and thus, it’s not overly surprising that so many luxurious resorts and hotels can be found here. One of the highlights is the cuisine available in every area of the city. Food lovers can enjoy delicacies of the most exceptional chefs in the world, making it possible to sample a new cuisine each day of your vacation; from traditional foods to cutting edge fusions, high end restaurants to cute and quaint street food stands. Thanks to its strategic location, Cancun is close to a good array of cultural and natural attractions. Many visitors combine the adventure of visiting an archaeological site with other interesting stops and a swim at cenotes. You can rent a car and do the drive yourself, but most people book either a private guide or take a group tour for simplicity. Also nearby, one can visit the Underwater Sculpture Museum at MUSA, in which over 500 sculptures were built and installed in the blue shallow waters in an attempt to rebuild the reef system. Enjoy The Nightlife You are in the Mexican Caribbean’s party center after all! The northern part of Zona Hotelera is called Punta Cancun and is the nightlife party area with plenty of clubs and tourist bars.

Diving Conditions

Diving in Cancun is possible all year. Water temperatures remain constant (78-82°F/25-28°C) except during the winter, in which it cools slightly. The high season for diving is November-April, easily avoiding the rainy season, but divers who enjoy a more private experience prefer to come in May or September. The clear waters of the Caribbean allow for an average water visibility in Cancun and Isla Mujeres is from 100 to 115 ft. The best time for cenote diving is May-September when the best light streams into the caves. Cenotes and caverns have 77°F/25°C water all year and a visibility far more than the eye can see: 120m deep.

Diving in Cancun means gliding over reef systems, through shark-filled tunnels and exploring superb wrecks. Dolphins patrol deeper waters, while colorful fish hang out by the reefs. Lobsters are spotted near overhangs and eagle rays glide through the shallows. The MUSA’s underwater statues have become a home for rays, turtles, moray eels and barracuda calling the museum their home.

Snorkeling With Whale Sharks

Just the north of Cancun you have the best possible chance to swim with the magnificent WHALE SHARK along with us! These fish arrive in mid-May and stay until late September and are found swimming and feeding right on the surface day after day during this period. Totally harmless and not at all worried by our presence, we drop into the water close by and, with our two guides, swim along with them as they turn and feed. A truly magical experience and a chance to get some unforgettable photos of the largest fish in the sea. For more information about swimming with whale sharks, check out Reason #10 in our Top 10 Reasons why The Riviera Maya is one of the best Scuba Diving Destinations.

How To Get There

Most people fly directly to Cancun as numerous international flights arrive in Cancun daily. The international airport is located just outside of Cancun City (Centro) and is just 13 miles from the Zona Hotelera. Some suggest the easiest way to get to town is by hiring a shuttle ride in advance. The tour company will send a driver to meet you at the airport and take you directly to your location.

From the airport, there are frequent public buses available into the city. From Tulum and Playa del Carmen buses are also widely available. Consult your hotel for pickup locations. Taxis to Cancun from Playa del Carmen or Tulum are convenient but can be expensive. Renting a vehicle may be the most convenient choice depending on how much exploring you plan to do on your own. It is an easy and affordable option. The roads between Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum are very straightforward and safe.