Known locally as “Virgen Sumergida,” this underwater statue is located at Roqueta Island and due to its shallow depth is accessible to beginners.
For shipwreck lovers, Rio de la Plata, which was sunk in 1944 and remains in fairly good condition, is found in the middle of the bay at 45 ft (15m).
Although rare, it is possible to find humpback whales and whale sharks during the winter and spring months near the cliffs of Los Bajos de la Quebrada.
November to May is considered the best time to dive open ocean sites in Central Mexico, because the sea conditions in the Pacific are calmest during these months. The weather is good too; generally it’s sunny with an occasional rain shower.
Divers also have the chance of spotting the rare whale shark or even a migratory whale during these months.
At this time, however, visibility is negatively impacted is by the very plankton blooms that attract the pelagic species. These are most common around the full moon.
If you love diving with pelagic species and calm underwater conditions, book your holiday between November and May.
However, November to May is considered high season for general tourism, causing an increase in the price of flights and accommodation.
June to October is the offseason for general tourism in the area. However, at this time, the water warms significantly, reaching 75°F (24°C) in August and September. For many divers, especially beginners who will find the open ocean sites difficult to reach, the summer months are an ideal time to dive.
In addition, visibility is at its peak from June to October. It’s also low season for tourism throughout Mexico, meaning you should find excellent deals on accommodation, airfare and excursions. However, you will have to battle the hot and humid summer weather while topside.
Acapulco’s warm waters and rocky reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish. Small coral formations, sea fans, barnacles and gorgonians dot the underwater landscape. Sea stars, trumpetfish, jacks, boxfish, balloonfish, moray eels and mackerel are a common sight. Seahorses hide among the reef, waiting for a watchful eye to spot them. Sea turtles feast while divers and snorkelers look on. Sometimes a playful dolphin swims by the boat. At the easterly dive sites, flocks of eagle rays hang out during November and December. Finally, while rare, it is possible to chance across a whale shark or a humpback whale during the winter and spring months.
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